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5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

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  • Location: Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Duration:  3-4 hours
On this small-group walking tour, immerse yourself in Hong Kong’s diverse history and culture by journeying through both old and new Hong Kong. With your friendly and knowledgeable English-speaking guide, explore small, traditional markets and antique shops before marveling at the bustling commercial and industrial hubs dotted with towering skyscrapers. As you walk through the city, learn about the intermingling of old conventions and new institutions that form Hong Kong’s fascinating culture.

Highlights

  • Small-group walking tour of old and new Hong Kong
  • Learn about Hong Kong's transition from a traditional fishing village to an international financial powerhouse
  • Explore the cornerstone of Hong Kong on a walk through markets and antiques trading centers
  • Discover the city's modern identity while strolling through the commercial and business district of Central Hong Kong
  • Experience a ride on the world's longest escalator, the Central Escalator!
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 people ensures a more personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Small-Group Walking Tour: Old vs New Hong Kong

Local Market Scene in Hong Kong

After meeting your guide at a central location in Hong Kong, begin your tour by exploring some of the city’s oldest and most unique markets to get acquainted with the city’s humble trade and fishing community.

First, enter the Western Market, the oldest surviving market building in Hong Kong. Inside this Edwardian-style building, see fabric stores, bakeries and dessert shops, cafés and souvenir shops. Continue to the markets along Wing Lok Street and Bonham Strand West, which sell prized, luxurious items like ginseng.

Afterward, follow your guide to Ko Shing Street (also called Herbal Medicine Street), a retail and wholesale center for Hong Kong’s herbal medicine. Walk along the pathways and learn about the wide selection of Chinese herbs offered here.

A 20-minute walk will take you to Hollywood Road (Antique Street), where you will find specialty shops and curio stalls selling everything from Chinese furniture and porcelain wares to Buddha idols and collectible coins. Venture onto Cat Street and browse stalls selling rare and exquisite products such as jade and silk.

Continue along Tai Ping Shan Street to discover an interesting fusion of tradition with modernity. See contemporary boutiques and cafés built against the backdrop of one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, providing a unique historical narrative.

Nearby, walk to the base of the Central Escalators (also called the Mid-Levels Escalators), the world’s longest outdoor escalator system, covering a distance of nearly 2,600 feet (800 meters). Hop on and experience this cool way of getting to the Central district in Hong Kong!

When you reach this central business district, see towering skyscrapers housing international corporations. As you follow your guide on a walk, marvel at the immensity of buildings such as the Bank of China Tower and the International Finance Center, and learn how the construction and organization of these buildings follow traditions of feng shui-oriented art and architecture.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

This tour is one of the best ways to see Hong Kong and find its hidden gems, which is hard to do by yourself. Hong Kong has many layers that change requently. I highly recommend Danny as your tour guide. He is extremely knowledgable of both the old and current Hong Kong and he is a genuine nice guy.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Having visited Hong Kong before, we decided to do something different and booked 3 walking tours. Our tour guide on each day was Danny. He was knowledgable and very personable. We were the only people on this tour and given we had done another walk the previous day with Danny, he made sure that we didn't overlap routes whenever possible. He set a good pace, which was fine with us and we saw lots. On this tour, we had the chance to stop and spend time talking about various sights and take photos. Danny was interesting to talk to and we covered a whole range of subjects from history to culture. Definitely recommend this.

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