Meet your private guide at Kowloon’s Lok Fu MTR Station in the late afternoon. You can choose a flexible start time any hour between 3 and 5pm. Proceed from the MTR Station to Kowloon Walled City Park, your first stop.
Delve into the origins of this fascinating micro-neighborhood, once known as the Kowloon Walled City Slum, with your guide. You’ll learn that it was once the most densely packed area on the planet, and was technically considered “outside the law” due to its political control by the Chinese government. The slum area was well documented over the years by a group of filmmakers, photographers, and journalists, and was featured in a number of films like the 1980s cult classic “Bloodsport” and Jackie Chan’s “Crime Story.”
Leave Kowloon Walled City Park behind and continue to Kowloon City, known to be the epicenter of Hong Kong’s Thai community. You’ll get to snack on Thai street food, plus some Cantonese-style street snacks at a beloved local bakery. After your food break, head to Mong Kok, an area known for its glimmering neon lights and bustling shopping streets. Enjoy a cold beer while your guide tells you about Mong Kok’s longstanding connection to the “Triad,” an association of criminal gangs that operate in the territory.
After your stop in Mong Kok, proceed to Yau Ma Tei, a neighborhood with an unkempt appearance that nonetheless harbors a fascinating historical legacy. Learn about the area’s connection with prostitution dating back from the 1800s to the present day, visit a heritage fruit market opened in 1913, and admire a 1920s-era art deco theater that has been lovingly restored.
Finish your trip into the underbelly of Hong Kong with a visit to Temple Street Night Market, where you can grab dinner at one of the numerous eateries lining the side streets or spend time souvenir shopping. You’ll end your experience here.
Temple Street Night Market
Kowloon Walled City Park
Goldfish Street (Tung Choi Street)
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