What To Expect
Hong Kong is a city like no other, and this tour will take you through Hong Kong's rich history and fascinating transformation, from humble fishing harbor to international financial leader. Experience the traditional and modern, with explorations into the old markets and antique shops, and a journey to the towering skyscrapers of tomorrow. On this Hong Kong tour, you'll visit the Herbal Medicine Quarter to learn about traditional Chinese medicine, and juxtapose that with insights into Hong Kong's illustrious trading houses, private clubs, global banks, and government institutions.
Markets are the cornerstones of Hong Kong's history and present identity, so it is only appropriate that this Hong Kong tour begins with an exploration of some of the city's oldest and most unique markets. Being the foundation of Hong Kong's traditional trade and fishing harbor industry, markets are excellent ways to identify Hong Kong's humble, hardworking past, as we will see in the Western Market, the Ginseng and Bird Nest trading hubs and the Herbal Medicine Quarter.
The tour follows the trail of traditional Hong Kong street shops, as we make our way to Hollywood Road, the center of Chinese antiques trading. Over a hundred antique shops are along this road, selling everything from Ming vases to Han Dynasty war horse potteries. As we venture further into Hong Kong's market history, we visit Cat Street, originally home to the city's black market, now an open-air curio market.
Heading into Tai Ping Shan, it's as though you've done a time warp - 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 streets-capes has created some fascinating neighborhoods in SoHo and NoHo, providing a unique narrative and experience for visitors.
Starting 1 January 2016, visit the newly opened Police Married Quarters. The former PMQ 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 subsidized rate.
A ride to the 800-meter long Central-Mid-Levels Escalators, the world's longest outdoor escalator system, is a highlight on this Hong Kong tour, as it is for most visitors to the city. It transports you through a district known for being one of the best examples of traditional and modern life coming together in Hong Kong.
As we make our way to Central, we pass through Graham Street and its wet market, which has been continuously operating for over 160 years. Counter that with our 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 retaining traditional elements, such as Feng Shui-oriented art and architecture.
Hong Kong is a city in its own class, where tradition and culture have merged full-speed with modernity and international influences. From rags to riches, this Hong Kong tour will excite your senses, pique your curiosity, and leave you fascinated as to how it has transitioned so seamlessly.
Tips and gratuities
Optional activity costs
Children below 6 years old are not permitted on this tour.
Tour will be operated as a guaranteed Small Group Tour with a maximum of 12 guests.
All our card payments are protected by thawte to give you peace of mind.
3 hours and 30 minutes