Walking Experience of Hong Kong Colonial History

Walking Experience of Hong Kong Colonial History
Walking & Biking Tours > Walking Tours > City Walk
$79
Duration: 4 hours
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Description

This walking experience traces back to the Colonial period in Hong Kong which began in the 19th century when the British Empire launched their first and one of the most aggressive expeditionary forces to claim the territory under Queen Victoria in 1840. The focal point of our excursion is the so called “Government Hill” area on Hong Kong Island, historically known Victoria City. With its proximity to Victoria Harbor, the area has served as the center of trade and financial activities from the earliest day of the colonial era in 1841, and continues to flourish after the transfer of sovereignty to China in 1997.

Meet your guide at the departure point, and start your half day walking tour.

This 4-hour walking tour is going to cover following highlights:

  • The Former Legislative Council Building & Former Supreme Court: The building was designed by British architects responsible for the eastern facade of Buckingham Palace. The structure was built on reclaimed land, and opened on 15 January 1912.
  • The Cenotaph: This monument, constructed in 1923 and is located between Statue Square and the City Hall, commemorates the dead in the First and Second World War that served in Hong Kong in the armed forces.
  • Former French Mission Building: This is a declared monument currently housing the Court of Final Appeal.  The present three-storey building was built in 1917, and constructed in granite and red bricks in Neo-Classical style from the Edwardian period.
  • St. John’s Cathedral: This is the he second oldest building in Hong Kong and the oldest Anglican Church in the Far East, which opened for service on Sunday, 11th March, 1849. The cathedral's architectural style is a plain, unadorned adaptation of 13th century English and Decorated Gothic. During the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong from 1941 to 1945, the Cathedral was converted into a club for the Japanese.
  • Flagstaff House: The former Flagstaff House is also one of the oldest British-style architecture remaining in Hong Kong located within the Hong Kong Park. It has been a longtime residence of the Commander of the British forces in Hong Kong during colonial times. Today Flagstaff House houses the Museum of Tea Ware.

This walking experience traces back to the Colonial period in Hong Kong which began in the 19th century when the British Empire launched their first and one of the most aggressive expeditionary forces to claim the territory under Queen Victoria in 1840. The focal point of our excursion is the so called “Government Hill” area on Hong Kong Island, historically known Victoria City. With its proximity to Victoria Harbor, the area has served as the center of trade and financial activities from the earliest day of the colonial era in 1841, and continues to flourish after the transfer of sovereignty to China in 1997.