1967 Riots – Cultural Revolution in Hong Kong

Tour Info

Revisit one of the most monumental moments in Hong Kong's history

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; take note of the anti-extradition protests that occurred since summer 2019.

Join Professor Ray Yep, an expert on the subject from the City University of Hong Kong, on a specially designed walk focused on this key episode in Hong Kong’s colonial history.*

* Subject to expert guide's availability, this tour might be hosted by other experienced guides from Walk in Hong Kong.

Highlights of the Tour

  • Relive some of the most dramatic moments of summer 1967 at key sites in North Point
  • 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
  • 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.

    "If you are a history junky, this tour is a must."

    Alex C.

    "Recommended to anyone who cares about Hong Kong's past."

    Kamilla L.

    "Informative, but entertaining at the same time!!"

    Fabio D.

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