Arts & Culture of Hong Kong

4 days from $2,308 per person*
  • Visit Kowloon Walled City Park, a serene Chinese garden that was once a lawless criminal enclave.
  • Explore Wong Tai Sin, a temple sacred to Taoists, Buddhists, and Confucianists alike.
  • Take part in a relaxing Tai Chi session along Hong Kong’s beautiful waterfront.
  • Shop for jade, silk, and rare antiques on Cat Street, Hong Kong’s bustling curio district.
  • Stay in a luxury hotel handpicked by our travel experts.
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A bustling nexus where East and West meet, Hong Kong is a fascinating place to discover. This brief adventure makes the most of limited time, introducing travelers to the city’s gardens, tea houses, and antique shops with the expertise that only a private guide can provide.

Start your time in Hong Kong with a little serenity. In the company of a private guide, head out to Kowloon Walled City Park, a vast classical Southern Chinese garden built on the site of a 19th-century fort that, once abandoned, became Hong Kong’s most notorious criminal enclave. From the park, you’ll move on to Wong Tai Sin, Hong Kong’s most famous Taoist temple. (Buddhist and Confucian worshippers frequent the site, too.) Before returning to your hotel, visit the Chi Lin Nunnery – a grand Tang dynasty monastery built from hand-carved yellow cedar and assembled without a single nail.

As a dynamic meeting point for East and West, Hong Kong can be a little overwhelming. Take things a little slower with a morning tai chi session along the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront with great views of Victoria Harbor and Hong Kong Island. Later, take part in one of China’s most important cultural rituals with a private tea service at a local tea house before experiencing a restorative reflexology session with a skilled expert.

No trip is complete without a couple of souvenirs, and the most interesting ones are to be found in the curio stalls and antique shops of Upper Lascar Row, better known as Cat Street. With a private guide, you’ll have the chance to shop for jade, silk, handicrafts, and rare artifacts en route to the Liang Yi Museum. There, you’ll witness one of the world’s top collections of antique Chinese furniture from the Ming and Qing dynasties, as well as an incredible array of European jewelry and accessories. (Tip: Pack light; you’ll want to save room in your luggage for treasures.)
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  • Day 1 Hong Kong
    Hong Kong
    • Meet & Greet
    • Private Transfer - Airport (Kowloon Urban Area) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Treasures of Kowloon Tour (4 hrs) - Guide/Public Transportation
    The Langham (5*) (B) (Deluxe City View)
  • Day 2 Hong Kong
    Hong Kong
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Hong Kong Living Culture Tour (4.5 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    The Langham (5*) (B) (Deluxe City View)
  • Day 3 Hong Kong
    Hong Kong
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Discover the Arts Tour (4 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    The Langham (5*) (B) (Deluxe City View)
  • Day 4 Hong Kong
    Hong Kong
    • Private Transfer - Airport (Kowloon Urban Area) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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Day 1: Hong Kong

On arrival at Hong Kong Airport, please proceed through immigration, collect your luggage and pass through Customs. You will be met in Arrivals Hall B by your Airport Representative holding a sign with your name on it. You will then be assisted to your private vehicle for transfer to your hotel.

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

This tour reveals some fascinating Hong Kong heritage and starts with a visit to a charming parkland setting for a Qing Dynasty fort – The Kowloon Walled City Park. The Park sits on the very site of the former Kowloon Walled City, remembered today as a haven of crime and debauchery. Throughout the 20th century, fugitives and other criminals flocked to the lawless enclave. In 1987, with the agreement of China, the colonial government finally took control of the no-go area, resettled its inhabitants, and replaced the slum with a park. You will then visit one of Hong Kong’s most popular temples, Wong Tai Sin, which specializes in fortune-telling. The temple’s claim to ‘make every wish come true upon request’ might have something to do with its popularity. Home to three religions (Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism), its natural setting and beautifully ornamented buildings make it as much a scenic attraction as an important religious centre. Next be amazed by the Tang dynasty-style Buddhist temple, the Chi Lin Nunnery. This Buddhist nunnery is stunning with its monastery complex having been renovated as a piece of Tang dynasty architecture. The grand and elegant complex will surely become one of China's great cultural attractions in the years to come. There are other halls containing a treasure trove of religious relics as well as restful lotus ponds and an array of well-manicured Bonsai trees.

Please note that with this tour you will have a private guide, but rather than traveling by private vehicle, you will make use of Hong Kong's efficient local transit system.

Accommodation: The Langham (5*) (B) (Deluxe City View)

Right at the heart of Hong Kong’s prime shopping district of Tsimshatsui, The Langham, Hong Kong is surrounded by delectable dining, shopping and entertainment options. Legendary Victoria Harbour, one of the most photographed harbours in the world, is also just a two-minute walk from the hotel. Personalised service is always in style. World-class cuisine. The Langham, Hong Kong hotel is unlike any other. The stylishly appointed rooms and suites feature every modern convenience and an undeniable timeless elegance. The Langham offer Three Michelin-starred cuisine and inspired dishes along with picturesque views of Kowloon. Experience the art of dining in Hong Kong. Enjoy a relaxing sensory experience in the heart of Hong Kong. The state-of-the-art Fitness Centre and rooftop swimming pool will help you stay healthy, while the tranquil day spa offers a collection of pampering treatments to help you unwind.     

Arts & Culture of Hong Kong Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Wong Tai Sin Temple
Wong Tai Sin Temple
Arts & Culture of Hong Kong Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Hong Kong Skyline
Hong Kong Skyline

Day 2: Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a kaleidoscope of life, a sophisticated fusion of East and West; a city of diversity where new and old meet at every turn. Today you will discover how traditional Eastern values live in harmony with the fast-paced Western influences in metropolitan Hong Kong. Start the day with a slow motion tai chi class. During the hour-long lesson along the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront, enjoy fantastic views across Victoria Harbour to Hong Kong Island. Continue on to a tea house where you will learn about tea and the intricate rituals involved in drinking it. A Chinese tea cup may look small, but it holds a great deal more than tea and water. As you listen to the tea expert, you might believe you are sipping the distillation of thousands of years of Chinese culture. The final stop is to enjoy a foot reflexology session, which involves applying focused pressure to certain known reflex points located in the foot that correspond to certain other areas in the body so as to cure or prevent disease. It is based on the premises that our nerve zones or reflex points go from the bottom of our feet to the top of our head, encompassing all vital organs on the way.

Accommodation: The Langham (5*) (B) (Deluxe City View)
Arts & Culture of Hong Kong Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Waterfront Tai Chi Lesson
Waterfront Tai Chi Lesson

Day 3: Hong Kong

Most of Hong Kong Island’s antique shops are bunched along Wyndham Street and Hollywood Road in Central and Sheung Wan and if your home is missing that final finishing touch, how about a piece of rare Ming dynasty furniture, an ancient snuff bottle or a Cultural Revolution propaganda poster? Upper Lascar Row, known as Cat Street, is where you can find such treasures, within its fantastic congregation of antique dealers, curio merchants and art galleries. This is also the place to go for bargains in jade, silk products, embroideries and wooden handicraft items. Next visit Lian Yi Museum. The four-storey museum is home to one of the world's largest and best-curated collections of Chinese antique furniture, made of the treasured materials huanghuali and zitan, from the Ming and Qing dynasties. Like Hong Kong itself, Liang Yi Museum is a blend of East and West. For those interested in Chinese antiques, the furniture will enthrall. However, for those curious about European history, the Liang Yi Museum also houses the world's premier collection of bejeweled clutches, compacts and powder boxes. Mega dealer Larry Gagosian has created a brand in its own right with 12 galleries dotted strategically around the globe. Brand-savvy Hongkongers were excited to welcome Gagosian, the largest gallery in the historical Pedder Building. You will have the opportunity to experience some of this vibrant and growing arts and antique scene up close and personal.

This is a predominately a walking tour. All galleries and art spaces are located within walking distance from each other.

Accommodation: The Langham (5*) (B) (Deluxe City View)
Arts & Culture of Hong Kong Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Hong Kong Handcrafted Items
Hong Kong Handcrafted Items

Day 4: Hong Kong

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

The Langham (5*) (B) (Deluxe City View): Hong Kong

Right at the heart of Hong Kong’s prime shopping district of Tsimshatsui, The Langham, Hong Kong is surrounded by delectable dining, shopping and entertainment options. Legendary Victoria Harbour, one of the most photographed harbours in the world, is also just a two-minute walk from the hotel. Personalised service is always in style. World-class cuisine. The Langham, Hong Kong hotel is unlike any other. The stylishly appointed rooms and suites feature every modern convenience and an undeniable timeless elegance. The Langham offer Three Michelin-starred cuisine and inspired dishes along with picturesque views of Kowloon. Experience the art of dining in Hong Kong. Enjoy a relaxing sensory experience in the heart of Hong Kong. The state-of-the-art Fitness Centre and rooftop swimming pool will help you stay healthy, while the tranquil day spa offers a collection of pampering treatments to help you unwind.     

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

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