Old and New Hong Kong in Perspective: Guided Walking Tour

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Immerse yourself in this journey of Hong Kong, from traditional fishing harbor to international financial powerhouse. Learn about the influence of Feng Shui on the central business district's art and architecture. Explore the city's pathways and experience its unique juxtaposition of traditional and modern lifestyles and architectures. Take a ride on the world's longest outdoor escalator.

  • Learn about Hong Kong’s historical transformation through its multicultural neighborhoods
  • Ride the world’s longest outdoor escalator
  • Visit Hollywood Road and shop in Hong Kong's many antique shops
  • Drop by Cat Street, a former black market turned open-air market
  • Visit PMQ, a former police dormitory turned designer hub, and learn about the city’s creative industry (starting 1 January 2016)


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.


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Old and New Hong Kong Afternoon Walking Tour
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If you are hoping to go beyond the skyscrapers and business centers that Hong Kong has become known for, join us for an adventure into some of the city's most captivating spots. See old and new practically living side by side in various areas of Hong Kong with the help of an English-speaking guide.

Duration: 3:30 hour(s)
Available: Wed and Sat
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Inclusions: English-speaking guide
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  • 13:50

    Meet at Sheung Wan Station Exit B

  • Hong Kong Markets

    Begin the tour with a visit to some of the oldest markets, which will give you a look into Hong Kong's past as well as allow you to feel the exciting market atmosphere of the present.

  • Hollywood Road and Cat Street

    Take a look at the masses of antiques in the shops along these two roads. More than the usual trinkets you might think of, these areas have items from China's old dynasties as well as items from the country's more recent history.

  • Tai Ping Shan

    See the Western and other international influence in Hong Kong with the shops in this area. The mix of traditional scenes and modern international atmosphere make Tai Ping Shen a fascinating place to explore.

  • Fashion at the PMQ

    This historic building, constructed in the 19th century has now been transformed into a fashion hub. Check out the work of up and coming designers and brands.

  • Central-Mid-Levels Escalators

    Experience this escalator system which holds the Guinness World Record for being the biggest outdoor covered escalator system!

  • Central

    See the contrast of Central with its skyscraper-filled business district and its more traditional architecture with elements of Feng Shui.

  • 17:00

    Tour Disbands at Central Station

  • (For Check-In) Sheung Wan Station (Sheung Wan Station, Hong Kong) Time: 13:50:00

  • (For Check-Out) Central Station (Central Station, Hong Kong) Time: 17:00:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Sheung Wan Station (Sheung Wan Station, Hong Kong) Time: 13:50:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Central Station (Central Station, Hong Kong) Time: 17:00:00

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  • Tips, gratuities, souvenirs and items of a personal nature are not included in the price of the tour.

  • This tour is subject to change according to weather conditions. In case of rain, thunderstorm or typhoon warnings, please contact the tour provider.

  • Children under the age of 6 may join the tour for free. If you are bringing a child under 6 years old, please specify this when booking.

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