Hong Kong Markets Private Walking Tour with Local Guide
Experience the best travel stories for yourself! Join a local expert and uncover hidden gems on this Lonely Planet Experience powered by Urban Adventures. Before online shopping, megamalls, supermarkets, and eBay, retail trade was solely done at markets. Join this private Hong Kong tour to get the lowdown on all the city’s glorious market action, from gorgeous ferns at the Flower Market, and bargain clothing and handbags at the Ladies’ Market to the latest model gadgets and sportswear in Mong Kok. You can’t visit the city without experiencing its extensive and thrilling shopping scene!
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What's included :
- Expert commentary
- Local English speaking guide
What's excluded :
- Food and drinks
- Hong Kong is packed full of fascinating markets, and you’ll discover the best of them on this Kowloon market tour, as we get up close and personal with where Hong Kong locals have shopped for over 100 years, and continue to do so, despite the development rising up around them. We kick this Hong Kong markets tour off on a fragrant note at the Flower Market, a vibrant and colourful street market consisting of more than 50 shops. A jungle of exotic blossoms, luck-bringing houseplants, and sweet scents, it’s the perfect introduction to the markets in Kowloon.
Next, it’s onto the nearby Bird Garden, a charming Chinese-style garden with songbird selling stalls, traditional Chinese courtyards, and a ‘bird park’, where the city’s elderly gentlemen like to bring their birds to socialize with one another.
As we travel along this Hong Kong city tour, we’ll continue to help you orient yourself, understanding whereabouts in the city you are, where Kowloon ends and the New Territories begin, and how we get to mainland China from here. We’ll also point out a mountain that is a true Hong Kong landmark and local symbol, to ensure you’re thinking just like a local.
You will also see the largest remaining cluster of Tong Lau buildings in the city; Cantonese tenement architecture imbued with Western design features designed for both commercial and residential use. It’s clever design makes it nice and easy for citizens to navigate the city come rain or shine.
Our next stop will be at the famed Goldfish Street, where you will learn why fish are the most popular pets in the city, admire exotic fish and tortoises and appreciate the beauty of some very impressive works of aqua-scaping, the latest big thing amongst local hobbyists.
At the city’s most popular market, it’s time to practice your bargaining skills with vendors who sell bargain-priced clothes, bags, shoes, accessories and smart phone cases. If you’re not up for bargaining, it’s still loads of fun to experience the atmosphere of the market. It’s set deep within the neighbourhood of Mong Kok, one of the world’s most densely populated neighbourhoods; 130,000 people per square kilometre! Take a minute to digest that before we head over to an impressive commercial development that comprises a 15 storey high shopping mall, a gigantic skyscraper of an office tower and a posh hotel.
Last but certainly not least, we will be heading to street markets that specialize in one category of products. Whether it’s sneakers, cameras, jewellery or computers, you will learn from your guide how to avoid the tourist traps and find the originals at an affordable price.
This is a market tour that shows you the real local culture of Hong Kong and the fascinatingly diverse markets of Kowloon, and we’re sure you’ll leave with a head full of excitement and perhaps even a few unique souvenirs and treasures of your own!
Departure Point :Prince Edward Station, Nathan Rd, Prince Edward, Hong Kong
Departure Time :2:00 PM
Return Detail :MTR Mong Kok Station, Mong Kok, Hong Kong
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- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- When warning signal on typhoon, rainstorm or thunderstorm is being hoisted by the Hong Kong Observatory, please contact Hong Kong Urban Adventures to discuss arrangements.
- Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.
- Local Impact: How you will help the local community by joining this tour:
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Near public transportation
- During the tour you visit a local street market where vendors get to operate their businesses without having to pay the city's otherwise exorbitant rent. After the Second World War and the Chinese Civil War in the 50s and 60s, Hong Kong was full of the poor and many refugees. To make a living, many families relied on illegally hawking goods on roads meant for cars. At the beginning of the 70s when Hong Kong went from a developing to a developed economy, the government at the time introduced a licensing system that would phase out these street markets by two generations. In fact, the number of licensed street vendors have shrunk from tens of thousands in the early 70s to thousands today, and there is a market disappearing every few years. One market you visit on the tour is widely considered by locals as the best in the city, and your visit will help it continue to thrive.
- Most travelers can participate
- This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
- Face masks required for guides in public areas
- Face masks provided for travelers
- Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
- Social distancing enforced throughout experience
- Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
- Gear/equipment sanitized between use
- Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
- Guides required to regularly wash hands
- Regular temperature checks for staff
- Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
- Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
- Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
- All tours follow the latest local health authority advice, including mask usage and social distancing. Urban Adventures has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels stamp, which recognises companies that have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols.
- You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
- For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.