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Reviewed 4 September 2019

Excellent, informative, yet heart-breaking tour, which gives a thorough and shocking insight into the housing and economic disparities between Hong Kong's residents. From the perceived glitz and glamour usually seen and experienced by tourists, to the reality of the poverty and inhumane living conditions of hundreds of thousands living in cramped, multi-occupancy rooms, cage houses, steamer rooms etc. Our guide (S P Yip) was excellent, informative, professional and passionate about educating the wider world re the crisis and inequality within his home city. Everyone should take this tour. It has left a huge, life- long impact on me, and I am forever grateful to S P Yip, as I could so easily have visited Hong Kong with my rose-tinted spectacles, and never have seen or understood the reality and crisis, which urgently needs addressing. If you don't take this tour you haven't seen Hong Kong!!

Date of experience: August 2019
2  Thank janengelberg
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Reviewed 1 September 2019 via mobile

Michael gave great historical and political background about the current situation. He is well spoken and encouraged questions.

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Reviewed 1 September 2019

Terry, our tour guide, was extremely knowledgeable and articulate, and without exaggeration or sensationalism gave us a devastating portrayal of the economic situation of the less privileged segments of Hong Kong's population. This is a tour you absolutely shouldn't miss, and it made my stay in Hong Kong meaningful in a way I hadn't anticipated.

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank JeffMartin7
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Reviewed 30 August 2019

We spent a week in Hong Kong and after visiting some of the most beautiful parts, including the the nunnery and the lotus gardens, the big Buddha and so on we decided that it was time to see how the real locals lived.
We met at a metro stop in the area and were left at the same stop about three hours later.
Arnie was a very special guide who had the plight of the people living in this area very much at heart.
Among other things he took us to some of the houses were entire families live in one room flats or where rooms have been divided into four cages..,each for one person to sleep in.
He explained to us that the people of Hong Kong are too proud to live and beg on the streets and even that theft is not in their life style although once they have paid their extortionate rents they have little money for food.
This tour was a real eye opener for us and for all those people who believe that the locals in Hong Kong have got it made.
Arnie was very well informed and also gave us a lot of social and political background to the situation in the poorer parts of the city.
The contrast between this and the glamour that can be seen in other parts of the city is very unsettling.
In conclusion, if you are visiting Hong Kong this tour is a must (otherwise you haven't seen the city).
I would recommend this tour to everybody who is passing through.

Date of experience: July 2019
2  Thank johnaL6978RZ
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Reviewed 28 August 2019

SP was amazing! The website is right — if you want a tour to take touristy photos, this is not it. However, if you want local insight on Hong Kong, it’s history and it’s people, this is a great tour. SP mixed personal stories with historical and current facts and we felt like we got a true understanding of our surroundings. Highly recommend!

Date of experience: August 2019
2  Thank Emtam123
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