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Kowloon Markets Tour
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Hong Kong is packed full of fascinating markets, and you’ll discover the best of them on this unique walking tour as you get up close and personal with where the local of people of Hong Kong have shopped for over 100 years, and continue to do so, despite the the development rising around them.

You'll kick this Hong Kong markets tour off on a fragrant note at the Flower Market, a vibrant and colorful street market consisting of more than 50 shops. With 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 stalls, traditional Chinese courtyards, and a ‘bird park’, where the city’s elderly gentlemen like to bring their birds to socialize with one another. Soak up the peaceful surroundings and listen to the songs of thousands of birds - it’s easy to forget about the crazy city streets that lie just outside the gates.

As you travel along this Hong Kong city tour, your guide will continue to help you orient yourself, understanding whereabouts in the city you are, learning where Kowloon ends and the New Territories begin, and how to get to mainland China. Also you'll check out a mountain that is a true Hong Kong landmark and symbol.

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. Unfortunately, nearly all of the city’s Tong Laus have been torn down. Your guide will share with you why this one got to stay and where its future lies.

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. It was what inner Kowloon needed, and since it opened its doors over a decade ago, the city’s centre of gravity has been pulled much closer to ‘Kowloon-side,’ away from the Skyscraper chic of Hong Kong Island.

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. And by this point if you are feeling a bit ‘shopped out’, a street full of bars selling anything from European wine to local craft beer is just a stone’s throw away, waiting for you.

This is a market tour that shows you the real local culture of Hong Kong and the fascinatingly diverse neighborhoods of Kowloon.

Please Note: The tour ends at the Mong Kok MTR station.

Tour Size
Small
Tour Type
Cultural, Scenic, Active
Tour Duration
3 Hours
Tour Departs From
Central Hong Kong. (Full details will be provided in your electronic ticket upon confirmation.)
Activity Level
Moderate
Food/Beverage Provided
Not Included
Recommended Dress
Comfortable clothing and sensible flat-soled walking shoes are recommended.
Restrictions
Children must be a minimum of 6 years of age. There is a maximum of 12 people permitted on this tour. Guests must be able to walk on paved surfaces. There are steps and steep curbs in some areas.


Item# Item Name Price: Number of Individuals Add
LASCHHK955AK8MAR-EC Kowloon Markets Tour-Children (Ages 6 to 11)
$65.00
LASCHHK955AK8MAR-EA Kowloon Markets Tour-Number of Adults
$70.00
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