The Kowloon Markets Walking Tour introduces you to the best of Kowloon’s traditional markets. On this walking tour, you’ll discover vibrant markets where the locals have shopped for over a century.
We kick things off on a fragrant note at the Flower Market. This vibrant and colourful street market consists of more than 50 shops and is a jungle of exotic blossoms and sweet scents. Next, it’s onto the nearby Yuen Po Street Bird Garden, a charming Chinese-style garden with songbird stalls, traditional Chinese courtyards and moon gates. Soak up the peaceful surrounds and listen to the sound of thousands of birds - it’s easy to forget about the crazy city streets that lie just outside the gates.
We will orientate ourselves, learning where Kowloon ends and the New Territories begin, and how to get to mainland China. Also we check out a mountain that is a true Hong Kong landmark and symbol.
Visit a popular local street market where vendors sell bargain-priced clothes, bags and accessories. Perhaps try out your bargaining skills. Also we learn about Mong Kok, the world’s most densely populated neighbourhood with over 130,000 people per square kilometre! We explore the newly built five-star Langham Place hotel and mall and its impact on the surrounding neighbourhood, before reaching Shanghai Street.
Glimpse what 1950s and 60s Hong Kong was like in this street, which was once famous for selling everything from traditional wedding clothes to ancestral offerings. Head into the Yau Ma Tei fruit market, and see the shop houses and exotic fruits from all over the world in this century old wholesale market. Call by the world-famous Jade Market, with its hundreds of hawkers, and learn about how locals believe jade can ward off bad feng shui.
The final stop on this walking tour of Hong Kong’s markets is a visit to the Temple Street area of Yau Ma Tei. See the city’s working class culture first-hand as you admire the Sea Goddess Temple that is the street’s namesake and the Yau Ma Tei Public Plaza where local people like to spend a lazy afternoon under the beautiful Chinese Banyan trees.
This is a market tour that shows you the real local culture of Hong Kong and the fascinatingly diverse neighbourhoods of Kowloon!
Upon conclusion of the tour, you will be dropped at Yau Ma Tei MTR station. Here, you will need to make your own arrangements to get back to your accommodation.