Listen and Learn with YouTube: How young travellers and social media are reshaping Hong Kong’s tourism

  • South China Morning Post's Denise Tsang goes on a local walking tour to check out some hotspots that have gone viral on social media 
  • Scroll down to check out the script and answers
Doris Wai |

Latest Articles

Psychologist’s advice on coping with grief after losing someone to suicide

Assessing ability of Hong Kong universities to attract global students

Tourists at the mural painting on Graham Street in Central. The graffiti artwork is created by Hong Kong-based graffiti artist Alex Croft. Photo: SCMP/Winson Wong


Watch the video and answer questions 1-10.
Click here for script and here for answers. 


(2) What sort of holiday experience does the new breed of traveller seek?

(3) When was Sai Wan Swimming Shed built? _________________

(4) How might a foreigner know about Sai Wan Swimming Shed?

A. via Instagram
B. on television
C. via a travel agency
D. from travel magazine

(5) Which of the following is NOT an example of a “recreational” activity?

A. exercising
B. swimming
C. reading
D. working

(6) Based on the video, what sort of travellers will best appreciate a visit to an old salted fish shop?
A. someone whose parents own a salted fish shop
B. someone who grew up in the city
C. someone who enjoys eating seafood
D. none of the above

(7) For each word or phrase given below, find its ANTONYM as used in the middle of the video (1:38-2:29). (3 marks)
(i) insignificant ____________
(ii) common ____________
(iii) staged ____________

(8) How did the mural featured in the video become viral?

(9) Which demolished settlement is the mural based on?

(10) Listen to the video. Which of the following best describes the Hong Kong Tourism Board’s attitude towards this “new breed of travellers”?
A. ambivalent
B. caustic
C. disheartening
D. encouraging

[1] Denise Tsang: A new breed of travellers are coming to Hong Kong and they’re no longer just looking to visit major landmarks and shopping malls. They’re in search of the best local food, Instagrammable hotspots, authentic stories and discovering the lesser known parts of the city.

[2] Denise Tsang: Paul Chan is the co-founder of Walk in Hong Kong, which started offering such tours in 2013. Today, he is going to tell us how to make the most of two hours in Hong Kong.

[3] [Text on screen] Sai Wan Swimming Shed

[4] Denise Tsang: Hey Paul, why is this so popular? And this place is not even listed on any official websites.

[5] Paul Chan: Because it is one of the most popular places on Instagram.

[6] Denise Tsang: Tell us some background about this place: when it was built and what it was used for.

[7] Paul Chan: It was one of the many swimming sheds that were built in the 1950s when the people were largely grassroots, and they did not have many recreational entertainment options. So, they formed this swimming club, built this very infrastructure and just came to the shore, and jumped into the water and enjoyed swimming.

[8] Denise Tsang: Which is the best spot to talk selfies?

[9] Paul Chan: Definitely where we are standing, and [with] the camera there, and you will take the best Instagram shot like this.

[10] [Text on screen] Old salted fish shop.

[11] Denise Tsang: Wow. What are these fishes?

[12] Paul Chan: They are the salted fishes. This shop is one of the long-standing and oldest salted fish shops in the district.

[13] Denise Tsang: Why [do] tourists like to come here?

[14] Paul Chan: Because these shops are very interesting, very unique, very historic. And once you’re in, you are basically immersed in a completely different environment that many tourists find fascinating. And this is indeed a new trend that many tourists look for – this very, very local and authentic experience.

[15] [Text on screen] Mural at Graham Street.

[16] Denise Tsang: When we searched this place on Instagram, there are countless entries on this backdrop. Why is it so special?

[17] Paul Chan: Simply because of social media. This street art becomes the icon of Central as well as Hong Kong.

[18] Denise Tsang: Why [is] this one particularly popular?

[19] Paul Chan: I would say because it’s so representative of Hong Kong. This street art was inspired by the now-disappeared Kowloon Walled City. So, the mural was drawn by a local artist called Alex Croft and it was done in … 2012.

[20] Denise Tsang: Let’s take a picture!

[21] Denise Tsang: The Hong Kong Tourism Board says its focus this year [2019] is promoting living heritage in non-touristy neighbourhoods, hidden green treasures and events like art shows. Tourists coming to Hong Kong can expect a wide array of options to explore and discover the city.

1. Sai Wai Swimming Shed: one of the most popular places on Instagram / Old salted fish shop: one of the long-standing and oldest salted fish shops in the district / Mural at Graham Street: representative of Hong Kong

2. local food, Instagrammable hotspots, authentic stories and discovering the lesser known parts of the city.

3. 1950s

4. A

5. D

6. B

7. (i) historic
(ii) unique
(iii) authentic

8. through social media

9. Kowloon Walled City

10. D

Sign up for the YP Teachers Newsletter
Get updates for teachers sent directly to your inbox
By registering, you agree to our T&C and Privacy Policy