1967 Riots – Cultural Revolution in Hong Kong (On Private Request)

    On Private Request
    North Point
    Foyer of Sunbeam Theatre, 423 King’s Road, North Point. (Nearest MTR exit: B1, North Point MTR)
    Approx. 2 hours
  • FEE
    On Private Request
    English (Cantonese and Mandarin options are available for private group bookings. Please email [email protected] for details.)
    Note: this tour is only available on Private Request- if interested, please contact our email [email protected] for further inquiry.

    It was a summer like no other. There were fiery rallies, mass strikes, sudden curfews, ‘white-skinned pigs’ and ‘yellow running dogs’ in riot gear, as well as thousands of home-made ‘pineapples’ on the streets as Hong Kong fell into months of fear and violence. These potent images have seared into the collective memory of those who lived through the tumultuous days of 1967 when this city, frustrated with the British colonial government’s indifference to the welfare needs of the population, got caught in a spill-over from the Cultural Revolution in mainland China. Although the 1967 anti-colonial riots happened nearly half a century ago, its historical legacy can still very much be felt today; some would even argue that undercurrents of it are menacingly creeping back into Hong Kong society.

    Professor Ray Yep, an expert on the subject from the City University of Hong Kong, has specially designed a walk for us on this key episode in Hong Kong’s colonial history post-World War II. On this tour of North Point, one of the main communist strongholds in the city and a top battleground during the 1967 riots, he will:

    • Explain how a relatively small industrial dispute in May 1967 turned into huge riots that rocked Hong Kong to the core;
    • Show how a local department store, a theatre, schools and other hidden essential services created a self-sustainable world for pro-China leftists in Hong Kong and provided mass support for the riots;
    • Relive some of the most dramatic moments of summer 1967 at key sites in North Point;
    • Chart how the riots became a turning point in the beleaguered colonial governance of Hong Kong, and discuss why the events are still important to the city today.
    Aided by a thoughtful selection of historical photos, this tour will appeal to both the casually curious as well as those with a more serious interest in this momentous chapter of recent Hong Kong history.