You’ll experience the traditional and modern, with explorations into the old markets and antique shops, and a journey to the towering skyscrapers of tomorrow. Discover the secrets of traditional Chinese medicine in the shops lining Ginseng and Bird’s Nest Streets.
On Hollywood Road and Cat Street, you can browse through innumerable antiques and curio shops. Who knows, you may discover the deal of a lifetime!
Graham Street and its wet market are a photographer's delight! The market is 160 years old and is Hong Kong's oldest continuously-operating street market, selling meat, seafood, vegetables and dry goods.
Juxtaposed with the traditional ways are Hong Kong’s illustrious trading houses, private clubs, global banks, and government institutions. You’ll find these in Central, as well as a thriving expat community and an international business scene.
We will visit PMQ, a former police dormitory turned designer hub, and learn about the city’s creative industry.
The compelling Old Vs New Hong Kong Walking Tour shows you how this bustling city transformed from a traditional fishing harbour to a global financial center.
The adventure begins when you make your way to the Sheung Wan MTR station and meet your guide at station Exit B. On this walking tour, you’ll discover the role that Hong Kong’s unique markets played in the city’s humble and hardworking past.
The tour follows the trail of traditional Hong Kong street shops, as you make our way to Hollywood Road, the center of Chinese antiques trading. Over a hundred antique shops line Hollywood Road, selling everything from Ming vases to Han Dynasty war horse potteries. As you venture further into Hong Kong’s market history, you’ll visit Cat Street, originally home to the city’s black market, now an open-air curio market.
At Western Market, you’ll discover Edwardian architecture. Built in 1906 as Hong Kong’s Harbour Office, it became a food market for some time and was closed in 1998. After being preserved as a Declared Monument, the renovated building was re-opened in 1991 with themed shops.
Wing Lok Street and Bonham Strand West are lined with specialty shops selling such traditional Chinese medicine favorites as ginseng and bird’s nest. These market streets give you a glimpse of Hong Kong’s traditional past.
Heading into Tai Ping Shan, it’s as though you’ve sped through time– the shops and galleries are new and contemporary, and the culture is decidedly more Western and international, representing Hong Kong’s shift to an expat community led by international business. The combination of European-style influences and traditional Hong Kong streetscapes has created some fascinating neighborhoods in SoHo and NoHo, providing a unique narrative and experience for visitors.
A ride up the 875 yard-long Central-Mid-Levels Escalators, the world’s longest outdoor escalator system, transports you through a district known for being one of the best examples of traditional and modern life coming together in Hong Kong. As you make your way to Central, you’ll pass through Graham Street and its wet market, which has been continuously operating for over 160 years. Counter that with your arrival in Central, which is dominated by modern skyscrapers that represent Hong Kong’s new life of riches, as an integral international financial hub. As a consequence, Hong Kong’s modern identity includes posh business clubs, swanky shopping malls, and impressively constructed office towers, yet retains traditional elements, such as Feng Shui- oriented art and architecture.
We will visit PMQ; the former Police Married Quarters has been transformed into the designer hub of the city. Young brands and independent designers showcase and sell their products in the old dormitory units in the heart of the city, while paying a subsidised rate.
Upon conclusion of the tour, you will be dropped at Central MTR station. From here, you will need to make your own arrangements to get back to your accommodation.
Walking tour English speaking guide
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The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have. If you are happy with the services provided by your local guides a tip – though not compulsory – is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many destinations. Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses on this tour. This is a small group tour. The maximum number of guests is 12
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