The compelling Old Vs New Hong Kong Walking Tour shows you how this bustling city transformed from a traditional fishing harbour to a global financial center.
The adventure begins when you make your way to the Sheung Wan MTR station and meet your guide at station Exit B. On this walking tour, you’ll discover the role that Hong Kong’s unique markets played in the city’s humble and hardworking past.
The tour follows the trail of traditional Hong Kong street shops, as you make our way to Hollywood Road, the center of Chinese antiques trading. Over a hundred antique shops line Hollywood Road, selling everything from Ming vases to Han Dynasty war horse potteries. As you venture further into Hong Kong’s market history, you’ll visit Cat Street, originally home to the city’s black market, now an open-air curio market.
At Western Market, you’ll discover Edwardian architecture. Built in 1906 as Hong Kong’s Harbour Office, it became a food market for some time and was closed in 1998. After being preserved as a Declared Monument, the renovated building was re-opened in 1991 with themed shops.
Wing Lok Street and Bonham Strand West are lined with specialty shops selling such traditional Chinese medicine favorites as ginseng and bird’s nest. These market streets give you a glimpse of Hong Kong’s traditional past.
Heading into Tai Ping Shan, it’s as though you’ve sped through time– 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 streetscapes has created some fascinating neighborhoods in SoHo and NoHo, providing a unique narrative and experience for visitors.
A ride up the 875 yard-long Central-Mid-Levels Escalators, the world’s longest outdoor escalator system, transports you through a district known for being one of the best examples of traditional and modern life coming together in Hong Kong. As you make your way to Central, you’ll pass through Graham Street and its wet market, which has been continuously operating for over 160 years. Counter that with your 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 retains traditional elements, such as Feng Shui- oriented art and architecture.
Upon conclusion of the tour, you will be dropped at Central MTR station. From here, you will need to make your own arrangements to get back to your accommodation.