* This is an extraordinary tour that immerses you in Hong Kong's intangible cultural heritage. We unveil 8 intangible cultural assets, 5 historic buildings, 4 tantalizing local delicacies, 3 traditional customs, and the iconic "Ding Ding" trams.
* Discover the hidden gems by visiting iconic 2 temples, and delve into the fascinating history and traditional customs at the Fire Dragon Heritage Centre.
* Savor the nostalgic taste of herbal tea from a renowned tea shop. Indulge in Hong Kong-style wonton noodles at a popular eatery and marvel at the oldest street signs that bear witness to the city’s rich heritage.
* Explore the various aspects of intangible cultural heritage by visiting various places.
* Engage in the traditional custom of “petty person beating” and experience the captivating allure of this ancient culture.
* This is more than just a tour; it's a cultural immersion that allows you to deeply appreciate Hong Kong's exceptional intangible cultural heritage.
1st Stop: Tin Hau Temple
Discover the enchanting Tin Hau Temple in Causeway Bay, a magnificent shrine paying homage to the Empress of Heaven and Goddess of the Sea. Built in the 18th century by the esteemed Tai clan, this architectural gem captivates visitors with its intricate design.
Managed by the Tai clan for generations, the temple is not only a testament to their devotion but also a repository of historical treasures. Step inside to marvel at the remarkable relics, including a bell that dates back to 1747. Immerse yourself in the rich heritage and sacred atmosphere of this revered place of worship.
2nd Stop: Lin Fa Kung
Step into the enchanting world of Lin Fa Kung, the revered "Temple of Lotus" nestled in the vibrant neighborhood of Tai Hang. Recognized as a Declared Monument since 2014, this architectural gem resonates with history and cultural significance.
Dating back to 1863, Lin Fa Kung was erected to honor the divine presence of Kwun Yum, the beloved Goddess of Mercy. Its unique architectural style, a rarity in Hong Kong, showcases the intricate craftsmanship of a bygone era. While the temple has undergone renovations over time, its core structure remains beautifully conserved, transporting visitors to a bygone era.
What makes Lin Fa Kung even more extraordinary is its profound connection to the Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance, a cherished traditional event. This mesmerizing spectacle, now inscribed on the national list of intangible cultural heritage, weaves together the temple's spiritual energy and the vibrant traditions of the local community.
3rd Stop: Tai Hang Area
Embark on a captivating journey through the historic streets of Tai Hang, where the past seamlessly blends with the present. As you wander, let the stories of this remarkable area unfold before your eyes. Pass by a pre-war tenement building reborn as a Grade III historic building.
4th Stop: Hong Kong-style traditional tea stall iron house
Passby an iconic Hong Kong-style traditional tea stall, the family-run establishment has perfected the art of tea-making across three generations. Renowned as one of the "Four Milk Tea Kings in Hong Kong," it has earned a well-deserved reputation for its exceptional brews.
5th Stop: Fire Dragon Heritage Centre
Fire Dragon Heritage Centre was constructed in 1909, the original building was named Hung Shing Yi Hok, meaning ‘Confucius free school for the poor’. It was destroyed during the Second World War and reconstruction on the same site was finished on 20 November 1949. The existing building was assessed as a Grade 3 Historic Building in 2010. Join our knowledgeable tour guide as they unveil the captivating world of the Fire Dragon culture. Discover the rich traditions, stories, and significance behind this mesmerizing spectacle.
6th Stop: Famous Wanton Noodle Restaurant
Take a ding-ding tram to Causeway Bay. After all the walking, it's time to treat your taste buds and give your feet a well-deserved break. Prepare to be enchanted by the irresistible aroma and flavors of the renowned wonton noodles and broth. Bite into these delectable bite-sized dumplings, lovingly filled with succulent shrimp and pork. Nestled alongside a bed of perfectly cooked noodles and bathed in a fragrant chicken broth, each spoonful is a symphony of textures and tastes that will transport you to a gastronomic paradise.
7th Stop: Historic street in Causeway Bay
Join our knowledgeable tour guide as they unravel the intriguing history behind the street names and signs that grace the cityscape. As a former British colony, the city's streets boast a delightful mix of names inspired by British places and influential figures.
8th Stop: Traditional Chinese confectionery shop
Hong Kong has a long history of making preserved fruits and these are one of the typical traditional delicacies of Hong Kong. This ancient industry has deep roots within the city, reflecting its enduring history. Our knowledgeable tour guide will explain two traditional Chinese preserved fruit preparation methods and an opportunity to delve into the rich cultural legacy of Hong Kong's preserved fruits.
9th Stop: Traditional wedding costume shop
Our knowledgeable tour guide will tell you an interesting story about the origin of the Cheongsam and Kwan Kwa (wedding costumes with patterns of dragons & phoenixes). The technique of making this traditional chinses wedding costume is titled on the list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Hong Kong.
10th Stop: Petty Women Beating
Further down to another area for a taste of living culture - an ancient tradition of "petty person beating" (da siu yan in Cantonese) - a Chinese folk ritual to dispel evil, particularly the kind brought by enemies. This folk custom is not only included in the intangible cultural heritage but also published in the international book "Time Magazine" and is widely known around the world.
11th Stop: Traditional Herbal Tea Shop
For the last stop, it is time to take a break at a herbal tea shop. Herbal tea has a long history and carries unique folk wisdom and traditional culture. Herbal tea shops can be found everywhere in Hong Kong, and herbal tea has become a staple drink in people’s daily lives.
DATE: Available from TUE – SAT
DURATION OF TOUR: 4 hours
MEETING POINT: Tin Hau MTR station (Exit A, inside station concourse area)
STARTING TIME: 10:00 am
MINIMUM CAPACITY: 2 adults (maximum 8 per group)
TOUR PRICE: HK$950 per person
PRICE INCLUDES :
- Professional English-speaking licensed tour guide
- Lunch – A bottle of wanton noodles and a cup of milk tea per person
- A cup of Herbal tea per person
- Ding Ding tram fare
- No mandatory shopping stops
- [PROMOTION 2023] FREE UPGRADE TO PRIVATE TOUR
PRICES EXCLUDE :
- Cost of any food/ drinks that you choose to buy during the tour
- Transportation fees from your hotel to the MTR station and reverse
- Food and drinks do not belong to our tastings
- Gratuities (recommended)
ADDITIONAL INFO :
- Unlike conventional tours, we've embraced a greener approach. The journey is primarily on foot, embracing a low-carbon ethos, contributing to environmental preservation, and offering an authentic glimpse into the local lifestyle.
- Our intimate group sizes, limited to a maximum of 8 individuals, foster closer connections between tourists and our knowledgeable guides.
- With no mandatory shopping stops, every second is dedicated to immersing ourselves in the rich intangible cultural heritage that makes Hong Kong so captivating.
- Join us on this remarkable journey, where the past and present intertwine seamlessly. Rediscover the hidden gems of Hong Kong and embrace the vibrant tapestry of intangible cultural heritage that defines this remarkable city.
FRIENDLY REMINDER :
- WHAT TO WEAR AND BRING: As we will be walking and standing for most of the tour, so, comfortable shoes and clothing are recommended
- If the weather forecast is a rainy day: Please bring an umbrella or rain gear with you
- If the weather forecast is a hot sunny day: Please put on appropriate sunblock
- WEATHER CONDITIONS: All tours take place as scheduled except under a Red/Black storm warning or Typhoon #8 or above.
- A vegetarian option is also available, please advise us upon making a reservation
FOOD ALLERGIES :
- If you have food allergies, please let us know upon making a booking, and we will try to avoid and make alternative tastings for you.
BOOKING & CANCELLATION :
- Booking has to be made at least 48 hours prior to the tour date
- Cancellation by guests less than 48 hours prior to the tour departure time, the following cancellation fee is involved
- No show: 100% of tour fees are paid
- Cancellation made within 48 hours prior to the tour date: 100% of tour fees are paid.