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Touring Hong Kong
With so many things to see and do in bustling Hong Kong, it can be daunting to tackle it all by yourself. If you want to leave the planning to someone else, there are some excellent guided tours catering to all sorts of interests.
Big Bus Tour. These double-decker tourist buses cover three routes—Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, and Stanley—with recorded commentary in ten languages. Tourists can hop on or off at any stop along the way to take in the neighborhood sights. There's also a night-time bus tour that takes visitors through the neon-lit streets of Tsim Sha Tsui, Mong Kok, and Yau Ma Tei. Hong Kong. 2723–2108. www.bigbustours.com.
Gray Line Heritage Tour. Perfect for history buffs, the Gray Line Heritage Tour takes visitors to the sites of Hong Kong's five great clans in the New Territories. The route stops at several well-preserved monuments, including Tai Fu Tai—the home of a Man clan scholar in the late 1800s. There's also a chance to visit a historical walled village as well as a traditional ancestral hall. Before you leave, don't forget to make a wish under the Lam Tsuen Banyan Trees. Tours are scheduled on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. 5th fl., Cheong Hing Building, 72 Nathan Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong. 2368–7111. www.grayline.com.hk.
Kowloon Market Walk. With its cacophonous Cantonese soundtrack and dizzying neon signs, Kowloon can be a bit chaotic for the first-time visitor but a guided Market Walk will take you through the nooks and crannies of Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok. You'll shop at famed street markets that sell everything from fine jade to cheap clothing and brightly colored goldfish in small plastic bags. Hong Kong. 9187–8641. www.walkhongkong.com.
Eco Travel Geotour. Eco Travel hosts tours specifically for nature lovers. The Northeast New Territory Sedimentary Rock Region geotour introduces visitors to the area's ancient rock formations and natural geosites. A visit to a walled village and a traditional Hakka lunch are also included. Check with Eco Travel for dates of English tours. Hong Kong. 3105–0767. www.ecotravel.hk.
Tai Po Kau Nature Walk. Walk Hong Kong hosts guided trails through the Tai Po Kau forest in the New Territories. The forest is known for its wide variety of flora and fauna and is popular for bird-watching. Guests have a chance to visit a butterfly garden during the half-day tour. Hong Kong. 9187–8641. www.walkhongkong.com.
Dialogue in the Dark Exhibition. A truly unique way to experience Hong Kong, the Dialogue in the Dark Ehibition is a simulated tour of the city from the perspective of the visually impaired. The walk covers five iconic scenes of the city, including a ride on the star ferry and a trip to the market. The whole tour is conducted in pitch-black darkness, allowing visitors to experience their surroundings through their four other senses. Shop 215, 2nd fl., The Household Centre, Nob Hill, 8 King Lai Path, Mei Foo, Mei Foo, Hong Kong. 2310–0833. www.dialogue-in-the-dark.hk. Closed Mon.
Secret Tour. Secret Tour skips the major sights and attractions, focusing instead on Hong Kong's hidden gems. The organizers offer several different tours, with themes ranging from 70s Hong Kong to cemetery walks. Tours usually include a meal at a local restaurant, as well as detailed commentary about Hong Kong's history and culture. Check the website for details. Hong Kong. www.secrettourhk.com.
Foodie Tasting Tour. Celebrating the vibrant flavors of Hong Kong, the Foodie Tasting Tour takes visitors to six restaurants in Central and Shueng Wan, with a certified foodie guide who will help you decipher menus and will talk you through the traditional eating customs at each stop. All meals are included in the ticket price. Arrive hungry because you'll be feasting on everything from wonton noodles to freshly steamed dim sum. Hong Kong. 2850–5006. www.hongkongfoodietours.com. Closed Sun.Updated: 06-2013
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