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Kowloon Markets Walking Tour

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Key Highlights

  • Experience the atmosphere of a century-old wholesale market
  • Learn to distinguish real jade from fake
  • Sniff the sweet scents in the flower market
  • Listen to songbirds chirping in the Bird Garden
  • Learn why goldfish are the preferred pet in Hong Kong
  • Shop for bargains in the Ladies Market
  • Wind through the world’s most densely populated neighborhood
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    2015: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
    2016: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

    Duration

    3 hours

    Start time

    2:00pm

    Meeting Point

    Prince Edward MTR station Exit A (Intersection of Nathan Road and Playing Field Road).
    Please report at the meeting point 10 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.

    Ending Point

    Yau Ma Tei MTR station (5 minutes to Tsim Sha Tsui and 10 minutes to Central by MTR)
    From 1 Jan 2016, tour will end at Temple Street Night Market (near Jordan MTR station)

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    Hong Kong has many glitzy malls and boutiques, but if you prefer shopping old school, this is the perfect tour for you! You’ll experience the buzz of Hong Kong’s traditional market scene, maybe pick up a memento or two and unlock some of the secrets of the city along the way.

    You’ll discover the sweet-smelling Flower Market and the musical Yuen Po Street Bird Garden. As you soak up the serenity and listen to the sound of thousands of birds, you’ll forget about the hectic city streets that lie just outside the gates.

    If you’ve always wanted to haggle with a wily merchant, you’ll have plenty of opportunities in Ladies Market! Filled with clothes, bags and accessories at bargain prices, this market is truly a treat.

    At the world-famous Jade Market, you’ll discover how to spot fake jade and learn the importance of genuine jade to the practice of feng shui and how it improves your health and protects you from negative forces.

    Itinerary

    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.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • Walking tour
    • English speaking guide

    Exclusions

    • Transportation
    • Meals and beverages
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    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.

    Please present your voucher to the local guide at the beginning of the tour.

    Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or tablet you can present your voucher on your device for this activity.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.If you are happy with the services provided by your local guides a tip – though not compulsory – is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many destinations. Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses on this tour.This is a small group tour. The maximum number of guests is 12.