Guided Tour of the Hong Kong Observatory
Amidst the hustle and bustle of Tsim Sha Tsui, the Observatory Headquarters enjoys a serenity uncharacteristic of this hectic business area. It is surrounded by rich fauna and flora, some of which quite uncommon in Hong Kong. The guided tour will take the visitors backward in time to trace the development of the Observatory in the past 130 years. Visitors can see how weather forecasts are made and how technology is put to use. They will also have a chance to visit elegant historical buildings and appreciate the history of the Observatory.
In general, tours for individuals will be arrangedon Saturdays. Each tour will last for about 1.5 hours. Visitors will be guided by voluntary docents of the interest group "The Friends of the Observatory", who will provide explanations in Cantonese. Members of the public interested in joining the tours can enroll on-line at the following webpage (in Chinese). The period of on-line enrollment is ten days starting from noon on the second working day of each month. Furthermore, members of the public can also download individuals enrollment form by clicking here and enroll the tour by mail. Please refer to the enrollment webpage or form for timetable of the tours.
Each tour is limited to 30 places. Successful applicants will be selected by drawing lots. The tours are free of charge.
Successful applicants by on-line enrollment will receive a confirmation email while successful applicants by postal application will receive a confirmation letter. Please produce the email or letter for checking upon entrance to the Observatory.
The Observatory also arranges guided tours for schools or groups, please download the groups enrollment form by clicking here. For timetable and the details of the tours, please refer to the enrollment form.
The Observatory also collaborates with the Antiquities and Monuments Office to organise "Former Kowloon British School and 1883 Building of Hong Kong Observatory" Public Guided Tour, every Friday, except public holidays. For details, please refer to this page.