Old China Town Sheung Wan, Tai Ping Shan, Hong Kong island guided tours
We start our walking tour in Statue Square, discussing the Colonial history of Hong Kong. Here in the heart of Hong Kong city, the Central district has been developing since the inception of British rule in 1841. Western-style buildings sprang up as the city grew prosperously and the early 20th century saw Hong Kong develop into a metropolis. Extensive reclamations extending the waterfront and development projects were carried out during different periods and although the outlook of Hong Kong is ever changing, many historical buildings and structures still survive as standing testimony to the history of Hong Kong Island's Central district.
We then make our way westward on the old street tram to Sheung wan - "Nam Pak Hong" - the north south trading centre. Today traditional Chinese medicine products such as dried seahorses, duck gizzards, snakes, geckos, bird nests and many many other products are for sale.
After learning how we can use some of these ingredients, we walk to Tai Ping Shan.
From the outset of the Colonial period, Tai Ping Shan was the site of Hong Kong's first China town. At first a vibrant community attracting Chinese immigrants, it became an overpopulated slum with unhygienic sanitary conditions, and was badly affected by the bubonic plague in the 1890s, when hundreds lost their lives.
We visit the Pak Sing Ancestral Hall, which was once a store room for the dead, awaiting return to China for burial. From here we will proceed to Hong Kong's famous Man Mo temple, erected in 1847 for worship to the gods of literature and war.
Total tour time: 3 hours Walking distance: 2km Facilities: Toilets en route