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Lonely Planet Experiences: Around Kowloon in 8 Markets

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  • Wind your way through one of the world’s most densely populated neighbourhoods as you explore Hong Kong’s bustling markets with a local by your side.
  • Stop to smell the sweet aromas from the flower market stalls.
  • Shop for bargains at the city’s favourite street market.
  • Discover how a shopping mall has totally transformed vibrant Kowloon.
  • Learn to shop for electronics, sneakers, jewelry, and computers like the locals do and maybe pick up some bargains too!
  • Each Lonely Planet Experience comes with six-months free access to Lonely Planet’s Guides App which includes over 8,000 destinations guides and unbeatable discounts to Lonely Planet Guidebooks
People Ages 6+

Kowloon City Market Tour

Before online shopping, megamalls, supermarkets, and eBay, retail trade was solely done at markets. Join this 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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Local Impact: How you will help the local community by joining this tour:

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 has 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.

Language: English

Inclusions: Local English speaking guide.

Exclusions: Items of personal nature, tips/gratuities for your guide.

Schedule details

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Meeting point: Prince Edward MTR station Exit A (Intersection of Nathan Road and Playing Field Road).
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  • Starting time: 2.00 PM
  • Ending point: Mong Kok MTR station
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