Exploring Hong Kong’s urban side….
Sometimes you really don’t have to go very far to discover interesting places in Hong Kong. Indeed, if you look carefully at the things around
you, all you have to do is to stroll from one MTR station to the next. You might already be aware that:
- there is a Han Dynasty tomb in Cheung Sha Wan,
- there is a Qing Dynasty school and pagoda near Tin Shui Wai,
- there is a colonial era police station at Sheung Shui,
- that Chater Garden in Central used to be a cricket ground,
and that Bruce Lee’s old house in Kowloon Tong is now a love hotel….
But did you know that:
- there was a Special Branch detention centre for political activists near Kennedy Town in the 1960s?
- there is a fireboat museum in Quarry Bay
- ship captains used to set their clocks according to a dropping time ball mounted atop Signal Hill Tower in Tsim Sha Tsui?
- a brief war was fought in Tai Po in 1899?
- the cause of the bubonic plague was discovered in Sai Ying Pun in 1894?
- you will find an impressive 350-year-old banyan tree near Kam Sheung Road?
or that the Mei Foo Estate consists of 99 20-storey apartment blocks and was built by Mobil?
The MTR 180 series of walks will introduce you to all places mentioned above and explore many, many other interesting corners of Hong
Kong. The idea is to thoroughly dig into the history and features of the rather diverse neighbourhoods surrounding some of the 88 MTR
stations. Walking at a leisurely place, we will be visiting places of historical or cultural interest, temples, parks and much, much more – even
the occasional small museum.
All walks are designed to take about 180 minutes, including a brief tea break. In summer, we meet at 9:30 am and finish around 12:30 pm, but
the walks can be arranged for any time of the day upon request.
The walks are all on paved surfaces and, generally, very gentle, though one or two do have noticeable altitude changes.
# Includes a little climbing
If you think that 3 hours isn’t enough, then some of the walks could be combined into an extra long day of urban exploration. Contact us for
|... exploring Hong Kong's other side...
|Hansen's Urban Hikes
|by Hansen's Events
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