Walking backward while talking is useful for leading a tour, demonstrating a moonwalk, or retreating from a room full of ominously staring toddlers. See the reverse saunter put to good use with today's Groupon: for $29, you get a lantern tour for two from Hidden Dragon Tours in Old Chinatown (a $58 value). Tours take place nightly at 9 p.m.
Hidden Dragon Tours reveals the historic facades and inner secrets of Old Chinatown in lantern-lit walking tours led by knowledgeable and insightful guides. The 90-minute tour shepherds guests through the labyrinthine streets of the neighbourhood while acquainting them with its rich history, architecture, and balloon-animal petting zoo. Erudite docents relate the struggles of the area's early Chinese inhabitants while pointing out the sites of the secret societies, gambling dens, brothels, and opium factories that kept its demimonde occupied. Guests will also visit local storytellers, artists, and herbalists who demonstrate their trades and uncanny Jerry Lewis impersonations. Book tours online to ensure a spot.
A city is like a walk-through history book with the stories scrawled along its streets and architecture. The sage-like guides of Hidden Dragon use their knowledge of that landscape to share the stories of Victoria. With that goal in mind, their menu of walking tours entices guests to join them through keystone locales that speak to the indigenous, British, and Chinese cultures that define the city, as well as the paranormal tales that comprise its folklore.
The Crown Victoria Native Island tour explores the indigenous people and British colonists that once inhabited the area. Guests walk past the historic Fairmont Empress Hotel situated beside the waters of Inner Harbour, totem poles, and the quaint historic shops of Old Town. The New World Old Chinatown tour inspired the Hidden Dragon name with journeys through the museums, courtyards, and concealed myths of Victoria’s Chinese community. For an alternative history of the region, guides divulge the stories of ghosts, witches, and demons found in the rooming houses and alleys of Dark Victoria.
541 1/2 Fisgard St.
Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1R3