HONG KONG -- Clients traveling to Hong Kong can take advantage of a
two-for-one sightseeing offer through the Hong Kong Tourist
Association's Discover HK VIP card.
Through Aug. 31, travelers who purchase one of the HKTA's
sightseeing tours receive a free second tour for their companion.
To be eligible for the promotion, clients must obtain a Discover HK
VIP card either from their agents when they book a trip to Hong
Kong, or from HKTA Information and Gift Centres or hotels in Hong
The cards, which are valid through March 2000, offer discounts
at a variety of stores and restaurants and are available only to
travelers who show a valid foreign passport.
According to the HKTA, four tours are available under the
plan:The Heritage Tour visits the indigenous Hakka people of Hong
Kong's New Territories and features visits to the Sam Tung Uk
Museum, a restored 18th century walled village originally built by
the Chan clan in 1786, and the Man Mo Temple in Tai Po, which was
built about 100 years ago by the Tsat Yeuk community at the site of
the current Tai Po Market. The Heritage Tour costs approximately
$41 per person and is offered Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and
Sundays.The Family Insight Tour aims to have clients experience a day
in the life of a Hong Kong resident via trips to public housing
residences, estate markets and a kindergarten class. Another
highlight of the tour is a visit to the colorful Taoist Wong Tai
Sin Temple. The Family Insight Tour costs $35 per person and is
offered only on Thursdays.The Heritage & Architectural Walking Tour is a self-guided
program using a map with directions to 14 historical monuments in
Kowloon or 15 sites in the Central District of Hong Kong Island,
along with accompanying commentary provided via a portable audio
unit. This tour costs $6.50 per person, but requires a deposit of
$64 for the audio equipment.The Land Between Tour is described by the HKTA as one of its
most popular tour options because it shuttles visitors out of the
incredibly busy city to the more serene sites of Hong Kong,
including the "Bamboo Forest Monastery," banana plantations,
traditional rural markets, a bird sanctuary, fishing villages,
farms and the New Territories' Hakka village.
The daily itinerary, which is operated by Orient Dynamic
Company, costs $50, with the participant paying the full adult fare
also receiving a free half-day Hong Kong tour. For more information
about the tours, or other tours offered by the HKTA, contact (800)
282-HKTA or visit the association's Web site at www.hkta.org.