Get your local Hong Kong tour guide to show you the way!
We’re so quick to book a guided tour when we go on holidays, but often forget to do the same in the wonderful city we call home. Whether you have just moved to the city and are looking to gain a little insight into what makes it tick, or consider yourself a seasoned local, with these Hong Kong tours you’re sure to get off the beaten path and learn something new. We’ve picked our favourite, family-friendly tours in Hong Kong who can help you explore everything from the street food scene to the remote wilderness and everything in between!
Editor’s Note: The situation in Hong Kong regarding closures and restrictions on opening hours due to the coronavirus is constantly evolving. Many businesses are taking extra precautions and most music studios have now moved to smaller, in-person or online classes or have temporarily stopped taking on students. Please make sure you follow the latest government advice and stay home if you have recently travelled overseas, have interacted with anyone who has been away, or display any symptoms.
Customised And Private Hong Kong Tours
If you are after a local, private tour, personalised specifically for your family then get in touch with Amy and the team at Hong Kong Greeters. Many of the guides are bilingual (fancy your tour in Spanish or Portuguese?) and all will ensure that your kids have a fantastic time exploring Hong Kong. Whether you want to rediscover the backstreets of Hong Kong or Kowloon, or take a breath of fresh air on Lamma or Lantau, the team will be able to look after you.
Sassy Mama tip: Hong Kong Greeters is offering buy-one-get-one-free to all Hong Kong residents (you’ll need your HKID card number). Use discount code “HKRES20” at the checkout when you book.
Even if your family thinks they know all there is to Hong Kong life, the excellent guides at Hello Hong Kong are sure to unearth some hidden gems! If you’ve got guests in town (when they’re allowed back into Hong Kong!), join one of the small group tours (Hong Kong Island Food Tour, Kowloon Evening Tour or Lantau Island Tour) to discover a different side to some of the areas you know so well. This year has seen the launch of its Residents’ Tours, specifically designed to take that little bit more in-depth. Of course, you could always book a private tour and have the guides tailor-make an itinerary to suit your family’s hobbies and interests. The possibilities are truly endless.
Learn all about the old and new Hong Kong with Jamie, a friendly Englishman who has called Hong Kong home for 48 years. He’ll customise a tour just for your family and fill your day with fun facts and adventures. The best bit, kids under 16 years come along free of charge!
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Hong Kong Food Tours
A food tour with the expert team from Hong Kong Foodie Tours will get you all out and about, learning a bit (more!) about the wonderful city that we live in and, of course, trying delicious local cuisine along the way. The “Central & Sheung Wan Foodie Tour” is the company’s signature offering and will see you taste your way through six family-run foodie outlets. Along the way, you and your family will not only savour local delicacies but also learn about the history, culture and architecture that make the city truly unique. It’s a great way to rediscover Hong Kong through the eyes of a local. Looking to explore further afield? Ask about its food tours in Sham Shui Po, Tai Po Market or Temple Street!
Whether you want to “Get Off The Eaten Path” with a food tour around Whampoa, be guided through some traditional dim sum dining or experience something truly unique — dining on Typhoon Shelter Crab on a sampan, Virginia and the team will show you how it’s done! Due to the current social distancing measures, only private tours are being offered.
Hong Kong Hiking, Cycling And Water-Based Tours
There’s never been a better time to get back to nature by exploring Hong Kong’s incredible country parks and waterways. Wild Hong Kong offers hiking, biking, kayaking and SUP tours in various parts of Hong Kong. Of course, due to the active nature of these day trips, they aren’t all suitable for youngsters (generally kids aged 8 and above can participate in some hikes, but get in touch with the team to discuss your family’s needs). We like the sound of exploring Hoi Ha Marine Park by kayak (with a convenient pick up at Hang Hau MTR or in Sai Kung), an easy family cycle around Tolo Harbour or hiking to the Ng Tung Chai waterfalls.
Have you ever wanted to venture into unknown territory in Hong Kong? Walk Hong Kong will take you there! It offers hiking tours to any corner of the island that you want to visit — a perfect way for the whole family to get out and get active. Some of the many hikes it offers are the Deserted Beaches Hike (Sai Kung East Country Park), Dragon’s Back Hike (Shek O Country Park), Geopark Hiking Tour (Sai Kung), Ma On Shan Hike (Sai Kung West Country Park), Victoria Peak to South Side Hike and Lamma Island Hike. The enormous list of hikes that you can choose from will allow you to pick one that’s most suitable for you and the kids. We also love the night time wildlife spotting hikes where you and the little ones can try to spot porcupines, boars and maybe even civets and snakes, right on the doorstep of Hong Kong Island! Tours are available in English, with German on request.
Hong Kong’s famous pink dolphins are under threat — now more than ever before! Hong Kong Dolphin Watch has been providing eco-tours to view these marvellous endangered creatures in their natural habitat for over 20 years. Your day out includes pick up from Tsim Sha Tsui (if needed), around three hours at sea looking for dolphins on board a modern vessel and light refreshments.
The kids (and mum and dad!) will love a refreshing morning out on the water. If you’ve been looking for an excuse to go dolphin watching, now is the time to support both the endangered dolphins and an important local business.
Sick of cycling in circles around parks or along polluted roads? Mountain Biking Asia’s Hong Kong Bike Tour will take you on a biking adventure like none other. The tour will take you through Kam Tin Walled City, Shui Tau village, the Mystery Tree House, Sha Po Village and Nam Sheng Wai, giving you a taste of Hong Kong’s heritage while you have tons of family fun. The tour also includes a scrumptious dim sum lunch to build up energy for the second leg which takes you on to Yuen Long, finishing up at the Hong Kong Wetland Park.
Kids aged 3 to 6 years can sit in child mounted seat, kids 6 to 9 years can ride on a single-wheeled attachment to their parent’s bike while children aged 8 years and older should be able to manage the ride on their own.