Backstreets of Hong Kong

Experience another side of Asia's vibrant metropolis on a half-day urban excursion into the local heart of Hong Kong. Try your hand at the strange local tradition of "villain-hitting", visit a historic fishing village and square up for a game of mahjong with a local family on the ultimate city tour with a twist.

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  • Embarking on a classic Star Ferry journey across Hong Kong's famous Victoria Harbour
  • Hopping onto one of Hong Kong's iconic double-decker trams for a tour around the city
  • Learning about Chinese voodoo with a Dai Siu Yan practitioner and trying it yourself
  • Visiting a historic fishing village in Shau Kei Wan and feeling its timeless vibes
  • Wandering through a crowded wet market for a glimpse of authentic local culture
  • Stopping by the famous Shing Wong Temple 
  • Visiting a local family at a public housing estate for a game of mahjong and friendly chat
  • Tours as mentioned and air-conditioned transfers
  • Sightseeing and permit fees during guided times
  • Meals listed in the itinerary
  • Expert English-speaking local guide
  • Boat cruises and rides while on tour
  • Service charges and government VAT tax

Get a taste of Hong Kong's true local flavour on a backstreets adventure beyond the tourist trail. Start your journey with a trip on a Hong Kong commuter classic, the Star Ferry. As one of the oldest forms of public transportation in the city, your view on board is the perfect front row seat to witness Hong Kong's iconic skyline unfolding as you chug across Victoria Harbour. After docking, hop off of the ferry and onto one of the city's famous double-decker trams - the only tram system run exclusively on these two-level carriages.

Whiz through the city by tram before meeting up with a Dai Siu Yan practitioner, or "villian hitting", a bizarre local custom that's sometimes described as Hong Kong's own voodoo black magic. With the help of your guide and Dai Siu Yan expert, partake in a bit of villian hitting for yourself - but be careful, it's believed to curse your enemies as well as welcome good fortune!

Afterwards, take a short stroll to Shau Kei Wan, a historic fishing village in the north-eastern corner of the island that retains a timeless aura, immune to the rapid modernisation in the rest of the city. Follow your guide through narrow alleyways to the frenetic wet market for a glimpse at how locals swap stories and stock up on their morning groceries. Then, walk to Main Street East, a once-infamous hangout for pirates that's now filled with chic bars and trendy restaurants. Stop by the Shing Wong Temple, dedicated to the guardian god of the city and built in 1877, before wrapping up your tour with a visit to a local family at nearby Ming Wah Dai, the oldest existing public housing estate in the city. Square up for a game of Hong Kong mahjong and a friendly chat.

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