The history of the last century for both Hong Kong and China is mapped out in its streets for those who know where to look. Learn more on this tour.
- Immerse yourself in Hong Kong’s journey from traditional fishing harbour to international financial powerhouse.
- See Hong Kong’s unique juxtaposition of traditional and modern lifestyles and architecture, and explore its multicultural neighbourhoods.
- Explore Hollywood Road, home to many of Hong Kong’s antique shops, and Cat Street, a former black market turned open-air curio market.
- Visit PMQ, a former police dormitory turned designer hub, and learn about the city’s creative industry.
- Take a ride on the world’s longest outdoor escalator.
- People Ages 6+
Traditional & Modern Hong Kong Tour
Experience the mash-up of old and new that is modern Hong Kong! You’d be forgiven for thinking that there’s nothing more to this financial mecca than bright lights and skyscrapers. Join this Hong Kong tour to see the slow, traditional side as well as the frenetic futurism it’s known for.
Inclusions: Local English speaking guide.
Exclusions: Items of a personal nature, tips/gratuities for your guide.
- Duration: 3 hours
- Meeting point: Sheung Wan MTR station Exit B (4 minutes from Central and 12 minutes from Tsim Sha Tsui by MTR).
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- Starting time: 2.00 PM
- Ending point: Central MTR station.
Markets are the cornerstone of Hong Kong’s history and present-day identity, so it’s only appropriate that this Hong Kong city tour begins with an exploration of some of the city’s oldest and most unique markets.
The foundation of Hong Kong’s traditional trade and fishing harbour industry, markets are an excellent way to identify with 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.
This HK tour follows the trail of traditional Hong Kong street shops, as we make our way to Hollywood Road, the centre of Chinese antique trading. Over a hundred antique shops line Hollywood 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 ex-pat community led by international business.
The combination of European-style influences and traditional Hong Kong streetscapes has created some fascinating neighbourhoods in SoHo and NoHo, providing a unique narrative and local experience.
A highlight of your Hong Kong tour will no doubt be a visit to the newly opened PMQ; the former Police Married Quarters 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 subsidised rate. PMQ is the last word on cool in Hong Kong town. We dare you to see if something doesn’t catch your eye here!
Take a break from walking and catch a ride up the iconic 800-metre long Central-Mid-Levels Escalators, the world’s longest outdoor escalator system. Funny as it sounds, it’s another highlight of our Hong Kong walking tour, as it is for most visitors to the city. The escalators transport 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 see the central business district of the city 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 social 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 old to new, this HongKong city tour will excite your senses, pique your curiosity, and leave you fascinated at how it has transitioned so seamlessly.
Dress Standard: Comfortable shoes.
Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We’ll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Additional Information: 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.
Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.
Mr. Sonu B. from Denmark travelled on 03 Jan 2017:
Beat trip and best guide ever!!!!!!!!! We love Danny 😀
Ms. Brigid F. from Vietnam travelled on 25 Sep 2016:
Danny was such a great guide.
Mr. peter b. from Canada travelled on 26 Apr 2016:
The guide many is excellent and very knowledgable
Mr. John W. from China travelled on 05 Apr 2016:
Danny did an excellent job showing us the cultural diversity of Hong Kong – truly a splendid day and experience!!
Mrs. Susan D. from Australia travelled on 03 Jan 2015:
Danny was an excellent guide, the tour is fascinating takes you to places you would not find without local knowledge
Ms. E Ruth A. from Canada travelled on 12 May 2014:
This trip more than matched my expectations. Danny took us places we would never have seen otherwise.
Ms. Claire B. from United Kingdom travelled on 16 Feb 2014:
I really recommend this tour. Danny is an excellent guide – approachable and knowledgeable. I saw so many things that I wouldn’t have noticed if I was just walking by myself. I recommend these tours for solo travellers as well as groups. Excellent.
Mrs. Vanessa Q. from Australia travelled on 31 Dec 2013:
Did around Kowloon in 8 markets which was good but I Really enjoyed this one, Danny is awesome!
Mr. Timothy D. from travelled on 28 Dec 2013:
Even more fun than the Kow Loon market tour. Thanks for the tips and speedy pace Danni.