Amid the skyscrapers of Hong Kong, there lies a labyrinth of haunted tales. Hungry ghosts? Seaside spirits? There are many interesting stories in Wan Chai as it was one of the earliest settlements that the British developed after they took over Hong Kong in 1841. With its long history, Wan Chai is a fertile ground for ghosts and myth-making.
To give members the opportunity to learn more about the ghost tales and traditional rituals of the area, as well as the recent changes to the Wan Chai landscape, the Chamber's Retail and Tourism Committee and Walk in Hong Kong Tours are jointly organizing a Wan Chai Ghost and Food Tour on 11 October.
Many locals still believe that the universes of deities, humans and ghosts intertwine. The souls of the dead linger and bless their descendants. There are elaborate rituals that local Chinese perform to feed, pacify, entertain or even bribe the ghosts. During the tour, participants will learn about the hidden messages and origins of these practices. Paul Chan, Co-founder and CEO of Walk in Hong Kong Tours will join the tour and share his insights on the local tourism sector. See below for the tentative programme.
14:45 Assemble at Three Pacific Place, 1 Queen's Rd East, Wan Chai
15:00 – 18:00 An experienced guide will lead participants to taste four delicious local treats. Some of them may also be offerings for deities or ghosts!
18:00 Tour ends.
• Learn about World War II and the city's biggest concentration of haunted tales
• Enjoy an urban picnic with soothing tea, buns, fresh-from-the-oven pastries, and a local specialty called "fried ghosts"
• Discover the vast range of Chinese gods catering to all your needs and desires
• Visit businesses that cater to all the ghost-pleasing rituals
•Experience a haunted house, hipster hangouts, the muffled peal of church bells, forgotten temples and more!
The total distance covered is approximately 2.5 km. There is seating arrangement provided at one of the tasting locations. One restroom break was also planned during the tour.
Please check here for details.
Let's discover the hidden ghost stories and delicious food in Wan Chai together!