As anyone who’s been on a walking tour—such as the ones conducted by Carlos Celdran or Ivan Man Dy—will tell you, the best way to really discover a city is on foot, preferably in the company of a knowledgeable local. To prove to its guests that there’s more to Hong Kong than the usual shopping or dining destinations, Kowloon Shangri-La offers the Cultural Heritage Package, a three- to four-hour guided
The Kowloon Shangri-La walking tours lead you to colonial British-era architectural treasures including Rosary Church.
On a quiet stretch of Nathan Road, marvel at the century-old banyan trees that have withstood the march of time; sit quietly in the Urban Council Centenary Garden as you admire the preserved pillars of the old Kowloon Station; and revisit the old British colonial days at Whitfield Barracks, a lush public park whose buildings are now listed as Grade I historic buildings (two of them make up the Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Center).
On the tour which also includes churches, Buddhist temples, and hundred-year-old buildings, you might encounter some of the area’s legendary shops and their shopkeepers: David Chan, whose camera shop has become a mecca to antique camera collectors; Ms Tsoi, a traditional Chinese apothecary who has been treating patients for decades; and Bor Kee, one of Tsim Sha Tsui’s first grocery stores. The Cultural Heritage Package includes accommodations for two at a Horizon Deluxe room, full Horizon Club benefits, a guided walking tour, and a special edition booklet.