Hong Kong has seen many transformations during its history and has not always been high-rise and high finance. Reminders of the past have been restored and give a glimpse of what life was like in former times. A farmer’s family house that also tells the story of the development of the New Towns. A housing block that was built as an emergency response to a major disaster now a museum of life in difficult times. The tour ends at one of the most peaceful and beautiful places in the city, a Buddhist nunnery and Tang Dynasty-style garden
Sam Tung Uk is a 300-year-old walled farmer’s compound. An ancestral hall at the central axis, four individual houses in the middle are walled in by rows of houses. A permanent exhibition recalls agricultural life in the New Territories and the development of the new towns to cope with Hong Kong’s expanding population. (Closed on Tuesdays)
Christmas Day 1953 is a significant day in Hong Kong history. A massive fire in the squatter area of Shek Kip Mei instantly rendered some 50,000 people homeless. Mei Ho House is the only remaining first-generation public housing block created to solve the problem of resettling so many homeless people. Now restored, it contains a fascinating museum telling the story of everyday life in those difficult times.
This is a Tang Dynasty-style temple complex including a nunnery, temple halls and Chinese gardens. The buildings are wood-frame built without the use of any iron nails. The temple halls have statues of the Sakyamuni Buddha and the Goddess of Mercy Guanyin amongst others.
The garden is beautifully landscaped in the Tang Dynasty style with a central golden pagoda and abundant water features, Everything is ordered according to strict rules and methods. The general air of quietness and peace in the midst of the city bustle is quite remarkable.
Each tour lasts for 5 hours. The recommended start time is 0930, but this is flexible to suit your needs.
The price per tour for 1 to 3 people: HK$2,400.
Solo travellers, please ask for special discount.
Additional guests: HK$500 each
Extra hours: HK$500 per hour
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