Lest We Forget: A Tour of World War II Relics
[Attention: This itinerary is only available for private tour booking. If you would like to book this tour, please email us at [email protected]]
On 7 December 1941, Japan attacked the Pearl Harbour and the colonies of the Allied Power, marking the beginning of the Pacific War. At the same time, the Battle of Hong Kong also unfolded. As a British military and colonial outpost in the Far East, Hong Kong was garrisoned by British, Indian and later Canadian troops. These soldiers along with locally recuited volunteers fought courageously with sweat and blood to protect this soil, many of them even sacraficed their lives.
Owing to the fast-paced urban development, many former battlegrounds on the north of Hong Kong Island have disappeared without a trace. Thankfully, if you hike onto hills such as Mount Parker and Mount Butler, you will find yourself standing in an old battlefield and monuments commermorating the matyrs that lost their lives during the war.
A changing city landscape shall not stop us from recollecting the city's past. We are honoured to invite Mr. Tsoi Yiu-lun, a renowned scholar of military history to be our guide*. Mr. Tsoi will bring our visitors to the former battlegrounds and vividly illustrate the hardships of war. You will also get to know the stategic value of Hong Kong, past and present. The hiking route is suitable for visitors of all ages.
Expert guide bio
Mr Tsoi Yiu-lun is a published expert on the 1941 Battle of Hong Kong. After graduating from the Hong Kong Baptist University, he teaches history in secondary schools in Hong Kong and has maintained a profound interest in military history. He is the co-author of Exposed Outpost: the Battle of Hong Kong in the Pacific War (孤獨前哨：太平洋戰爭中的香港戰役), and Eastern Fortress: A Military History of Hong Kong, 1840-1970.
* In case Mr Tsoi is not available, Walk in Hong Kong may deploy other experienced guides to lead the tour.
"A wonderful and intellectual experience"
“Having listened to Mr Tsoi's wonderful interpretation, I not only learnt more about this important part of our history, but also came to understand the importance of peace.”