Money World – How did Hong Kong get so Rich? (On Private Request)

    On Private Request
    Exit K for Statue Square (street level), Central MTR Station
    Approx. 2 hours 15 minutes
  • 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.

    Hong Kong’s transformation from a fishing port into a global financial hub is a story that is as complex as it is fascinating. A look at the rise and fall of British, Hong Kong and mainland Chinese companies, as well as Hong Kong’s powerful property developers, will show how cut-throat the world of business and finance in Hong Kong is and always has been. On this walking tour in Central, we’ll visit some of the key landmarks of wealth in this city, as well as some lesser-known cogs of the money machine, and explain the colourful stories that make Hong Kong the international centre of finance that it is today.

    Tour Highlights
    • Look back at the earliest foreign merchant houses and financial institutions in Hong Kong and their relationship with the British colonial administration.
    • Chart the rise of pawn shops, yinhao (private banks) and modern banks that were financed by the local Chinese business elite, as well as the changes their emergence brought to colonial Hong Kong society.
    • Discover some of the lesser-known facets of the money world in Central, such as where bankers and tycoons go to exchange market secrets and strike mind-blogging deals, as well as how feng shui has shaped the architecture of the city’s financial powerhouses.
    • Hear dramatic tales such as the 1965 bank run, bungled crimes and era-defining business takeovers.
    • Ascend to a nice vantage point for a panorama of Central and to survey the changing fortunes of some of the city’s biggest corporations.

    The walk will be automatically cancelled in the event of a Typhoon Signal No. 3 or above, or if a Red or Black Rainstorm Warning is issued 3 hours before the tour starts.

    In the case of other unsuitable weather conditions, the customer will be contacted by phone no later than 2 hours and 15 minutes before the start of the tour.

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