Having visually impaired tour guides lead you around the city -- so to speak -- in the pitch dark is definitely an original idea and definitely educational. But the #1 tourist attraction in Hong Kong? Come on, people. It's not THAT great. For those unfamiliar with the concept, when you arrive at the entrance to the exhibit, you are handed a white cane and sent inside -- at which point, you can see nothing. Your guide tells you to follow her voice and a maze of walls and rails as she guides you through a series of city environments. You hear sounds that hint at where you are and you feel your way around through different situations. Of course, everyone gets totally lost, crashes into things, and has to help others find there way onto seats and things. The tour is over an hour long but it seems to fly by. And our tour guide was very fun and animated. I think everyone should have to do a workshop like this once in their lives. It's a great way to encourage support among the public for measures to accommodate people with disabilities.
I really don't have any particular criticism of the experience. It's just that, viewing all the ratings here, you'd think this was better than Disneyland, and that's pushing things just a bit. It's a cool, original idea, but it's not on exactly on par with the great museums or historical landmarks of the world. By all means, go. But, after reading all the glowing reviews here, you may want to adjust your expectations down a touch just to make sure you're not disappointed.
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