Cinema of China

A guiding voice

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 18 July, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 18 July, 2010, 12:00am

If you are the kind of Hong Kong resident who has a regular stream of friends and family visiting, you may have already seen the Big Buddha and walked down Temple Street more times than is pleasurable.

If that is the case, you may want to send them on their way armed with a TourPlay audio guide.

The guide, a small, lightweight (50 grams) audio player with commentaries in English and, in many cases, Japanese and Putonghua, comes with a street map of Kowloon and the north shore of Hong Kong Island, on which are marked more than 200 places of interest. The idea is you position yourself at a point on the map then, with the supplied headphones in your ears, enter the four-digit number that relates to that spot and press play. You are then given a fairly comprehensive overview, in crisp narration, of the spot/street/district.

Also included on the audio player are potted histories of Hong Kong notables such as Wong Kar-wai and Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing, who, you may be surprised to learn, studied textile management at Britain's University of Leeds.

The TourPlay package also contains a battery and a lanyard and can be bought for HK$250 from selected 7-Eleven stores.

Once your guests have left, you might want to listen in to the player yourself ... and discover once and for all who Gutzlaff (after whom the street in Central is named) was.