Music & Church Tour
Cultural Walking Tour
Cultural Walk


Christian music has a long history with the first hymns appearing in Syrian churches in the 3rd century AD. The earliest recorded history of church music in Hong Kong dates back to 1849 when St John’s Cathedral opened for divine services. Today, traditional and contemporary sacred music as well as sacred music in Chinese are performed at the various Christian denominations active in Hong Kong, carrying on the tradition of praising God through singing.


Illustrating this special connection between sacred music and churches, and to complement the sacred music programme at the 2016 HKAF, Festival PLUS has organised a series of walking tours of selected local churches. Each tour will conclude with a 30-minute performance focusing on the development of sacred music in Hong Kong.


Tours will be guided by Rev. Au Pak-ping, who will share with us the history behind these buildings and examine the relationships between Christianity and urban development of Hong Kong.


In Cantonese


Au Pak-ping Bio

Rev. Pak-ping Au was trained in social science and majored in geography. He was a school teacher and is zealous at field work to interpret the rural-urban development. Committed to church service afterwards and synthesizing his field work experience with theological training, Rev. Au continues to survey the interrelation of church and city development and the resultant landscape. He studies Macau, Guangzhoi and Hong Kong as subject cities. Rev. Au has written more than a dozen popular titles including HK Centennial Churches Trail and 500 Years Macau Mission.






1. Some churches may be closed to the public. The stops are subject to change. Updates will be sent to the participants via email.

2. Participants will be informed of the meeting point of the tour via email.

3. Participants are advised to wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes.

4. Recording (photography or video) within churches will not be permitted.

5. Tours will be cancelled if and when the Amber Rainstorm Warning or above is in effect, or when Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 3 or above is hoisted or will be hoisted within 4 hours. Tickets will be refunded.


Photo Credit: 香港舊照片 Old Hong Kong, Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong


Route 1: Causeway Bay / Happy Valley

Hong Kong Cemetery Chapel,
Pioneer Memorial Church,
St Margaret’s Church,
Christ the King Chapel,
St Mary’s Church



9 Jan 2016 (Sat)


Route 2: Central / Mid-Levels

Sacred Heart Chapel,
The Hong Kong Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception,
HKSKH St Paul's Church,
Bishop's House,
Former French Mission Building, 
St John's Cathedral



16 Jan 2016 (Sat)


Route 3: Mid-Levels / Sai Ying Pun

St Anthony’s Church, 

Tsung Tsin Mission of Hong Kong Kau Yan Church,

The Church of Christ in China Hop Yat Church (Hong Kong Church),

China Congregational Church (Bridges Street)



23 Jan 2016 (Sat)


No of Participants

20 per tour


Registration Fee

$200 per session


Thanks for your support! The cultural walking tour is now full. If you would like to register your interest on our waiting list. Please email your name, contact number, number of participants and the routing you are interested to plus@hkaf.org