Activity Bell House, Medilink Square, 525-543A Nathan Road, Hong Kong Published on: 06-06-2016
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Why Hong Kong Highs and Lows is special ?
Explore Hong Kong’s two extremes, from affluent neighbourhoods to public housing districts, and gain insight into why Hong Kong has the highest income inequality in the world
Learn about the revitalization projects that are bringing vitality to struggling communities
Experience Hong Kong’s up-and-coming arts and culture scene
Visit the Garment District of Hong Kong and learn about the city’s role in international clothing production
Go on a treasure hunt through the city’s biggest flea market
Tour style:Local culture, Walking, Local neighbourhood
What to explore at Hong Kong Highs and Lows?
Duration: 3 hours
Prince Edward MTR station Exit A
Starting time: 2.00 PM
Shum Shui Po MTR station
Hong Kong is home to some of the richest people in the world, with the most USD billionaires (and the fourth most millionaires) per capita. But the city also has the highest income inequality in the developed world, with one-fifth of its population living under the poverty line. The rich and the poor of Hong Kong stand further apart from each other than anywhere else on Earth. But interestingly, the richest and the poorest districts of Kowloon sit just next to each other.
On this Hong Kong city tour, you’ll venture into both the rich and poor communities to learn about the areas’ development, as well as the cultures of those who call these districts home. You’ll look at some legacies of the British colonial period and learn how the city is revitalising its heritage buildings, as well as the public’s quest to promote local arts and culture.
Your Hong Kong tour will lead you to the posh Kowloon Tong through a big recreation ground and park, which acts as a buffer from the hustle and bustle of urban Kowloon. Here you’ll discover many quaint streets – and expensive cars. This is a luxury neighbourhood, home to affluent locals, with whooping real estate price tags.
From there, you’ll visit what was once the biggest shopping mall in Hong Kong. Find out why so many shoppers lose their sense of direction and just let their shopping instinct take over amid the more than 200 shops and restaurants.
You’ll then explore the other side of the city, an area that’s home to social housing and charity organisations. Yet despite the poverty, this district of Hong Kong is full of character and colour. As you explore, you’ll learn about the local government’s efforts to improve the community, and see sites such as the first generation of public housing in Hong Kong and a former factory turned into an art studio and exhibit space. You’ll find out why so many Hong Kongers are rediscovering this area, checking out its vibrant markets, electronics shopping malls, and the nearby Garment District. You’ll finish off your Hong Kong city tour on a treasure hunt through the city’s best known flea market.
From rich to poor, luxury to grassroots, if there’s one thing you’ll see on this tour, it’s the real Hong Kong!
Additional Information: Tours may be cancelled due to weather, particularly if there is a typhoon, rainstorm, or thunderstorm warning. Please contact Hong Kong Urban Adventures to discuss arrangements.
Child Policy: Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.
Local English-speaking guide
Any personal expenses
Bell House, Medilink Square, 525-543A Nathan Road, Hong Kong
Prince Edward MTR station Exit A