South of the Island tour

Starting off at 10:00am from HKU in a hired mini bus, leaving the city and heading down to the SE corner of Hong Kong Island and the Cape d’Aguilar Marine Reserve for a wander around the shores (sorry the tide is very poor) and see the building site that is currently SWIMS as it prepares for its expansion.  Afterwards we will head to Shek O beach and village for a short walk around and lunch at a local restaurant (probably Thai – but other options available - all at your own cost).  Then we will head back by bus through Tai Tam Country Park to Stanley village where you will be able to browse the market (and pick up some souvenirs); see the pelt of the last tiger on Hong Kong Island in the Tin Hau temple; visit some old colonial buildings and chill out in the numerous bars and restaurants.  Options to return by mini bus (around 4:00 pm to HKU, arriving at campus ~5:00 pm) or stay on in Stanley for dinner (at your own arrangement – there are public buses directly back to Central).

Costs – HK$150 per person NOT including food and drinks
Minimum number 15 persons; max 55 (two buses)


Into the New Territories

Leaving from HKU at 10:00 am in a hired mini bus – head away from the dense urban conurbations across the harbour to the New Territories.  Heading down the Clearwater Bay peninsula to visit Hong Kong’s oldest Tin Hau Temple at Tai Mui Wan (Josshouse bay) before  driving to Sai Kung to stroll the village, check out (and probably be saddened!) the amazing seafood diversity in the markets and waterfront restaurants, and sample what you fancy from the tanks for lunch (at your own cost – be careful prices can mount up if you are very hungry!).  After lunch climb back on the bus to travel to the Sai Kung country park and a stroll along the river to visit the Sheung Yiu folk museum and historic lime-making kiln, before returning to the bus and heading back to HKU at 4:00pm (arriving at campus ~5:00pm). 

Costs – HK$150 per person NOT including food and drinks
Minimum number 15 persons; max 55 (two buses)


Hiking Dragon’s Back

Lonely Planet has listed Dragon’s Back Asia’s best urban hike for a good reason.  It’s fairly easy and you get a lot of vistas with limited effort.  Plus, there is beer and Thai food by the beach waiting for you at the end of the hike!  We will meet at Shau Kei Wan MTR exit A2 at 9:30 am (Sam’s phone #: +852-5460-4488).  From there we will take the number 9 bus to the trail head.  The bus will take about 30 min and the hike will take 2 to 3 hrs.  Bring snacks if you need them and pack some water for the hike.  We will eat lunch in Big Wave Bay or Shek O, and then take a public bus to arrive back at Shau Kei Wan MTR between 2 and 3pm.


Costs – Pay for your own public transport, food and drinks

Minimum number 4 persons; max 12

Daily Life of the Locals

There is no better way to familiarize yourselves with a city than following the locals! Local Hong Kong students will bring you to different places and let you experience the day-to-day lifestyle of Hongkongers. We will meet at Wan Chai Station Exit A at 10:00 am (take the tram there if you want to experience more!). We will walk to the bird-like/turtle like Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, and the Golden Bauhinia Square. After that, we will take the Star Ferry (which has been running since 1898!) to cross over to Kowloon and have a good view of the famous Victoria Harbour. During the time in Kowloon, we will go to Bird Market and Flower Market; have lunch in a local tea restaurant; and visit the Wong Tai Sin Temple for the impressive multi-religious culture of Hongkongers mixing Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism altogether in one place!


Costs – Pay for your own public transport and lunch


Minimum number 4 persons; max 10


Contact person: Adrian Wong (+852-6205-0564)

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