Tour guide unlocks ‘real’ Hong Kong, with drag shows and refugee tales
Michael Tsang’s itinerary aims to connect people and is nothing like the typical shopping and foodie trips
Guide Michael Tsang was able to take tourists freely around Asia’s financial hub in 2019, introducing them to the city’s protest movement, explaining “one country, two systems” and showing them scenes of economic inequality.
Since the coronavirus pandemic cut off foreign visitors and a sweeping national security law passed last year limited what Tsang’s tours could show, his business has been hit hard. So he shifted to attract local residents with activism tours, including the city’s LGBTI movement and refugee community.
During an August tour he took 30 people to a drag show with a person called “Miss Tina Ugly Haira”, who styles herself after singer Christina Aguilera. Prancing up and down a bar in the city’s Soho district in high heels and a mesh top, Tina details some of her life stories, before lip syncing and gyrating for the audience, which applauds loudly...