14 Jan Seven off-the-beaten track experiences to try in Hong Kong
If you are new to Hong Kong or have been here a while, there are some great places to explore outside of the city. We have compiled a list of experiences which are worth checking out…
Canal Road Villain Hitters
This quirk of Hong Kong is compelling. You have probably seen the ladies sitting under the noisy Canal Road flyover with a mixture of statues, prayer papers, candles and incense. Their offer is to dispel negativity from anyone who has caused you harm, all for around HK$50. The process includes hitting a small piece of paper with an old shoe, probably the worst insult you could have thrust upon your enemies. However, what is most appealing about these ladies is their willingnes
s to listen (they are all over 70 and have heard a lot of stories), so if you are looking for a pragmatic way to get something or someone out of your thoughts and feel better, this is a fabulously cathartic way to do it.
Noon Day Gun
Think loud… even though you know the exact time this 3 lb gun goes bang, it doesn’t stop you jumping out of your skin! The Noon Day Gun has been fired by an employee of Jardine Mathesons since the 1860’s (with a brief gap during the second world war). This salute should have been reserved for senior naval officers when entering the harbour, however, the Jardine Matheson private militia would salute their own Taipans when they arrived from sea. As a penalty they were given the task of firing the noon day gun in perpetuity. The gun used to be louder in fact, the 6 lb version was replaced in 1967 and sits outside the former Marine Headquarters, Hullet House in Tsim Sha Tsui.
Check out more including the Old Tai Po Police Station, T-Park, Lau Fau Shan and Sai Yuen Farm on the HK Hub article we wrote here: https://thehkhub.com/7-off-the-beaten-track-experiences-in-hong-kong/