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Around Kowloon in 8 Markets

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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 market action, from fresh fruit at Yau Ma Tei fruit market to precious stones at the Jade Market, and fresh ferns at the Flower Market.

Highlights:
  • Experience an atmospheric century-old wholesale market
  • Outsmart the fakes by learning how to tell real jade from imitation
  • Stop and smell the sweet aromas from the stalls in the flower market
  • Listen to the chirpy songs of the songbirds in the Bird Garden
  • Shop for bargains at a local street market
  • Discover how a new shopping mall has transformed the area
  • Wind your way through the world’s most densely populated neighbourhood

Tour style:Walking & Orientation, Market Visits, Local Life & Culture, Heritage & History
Inclusions:

Local English speaking guide.


Exclusions:

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


Group size:Maximum 12
Schedule details:
  • Duration:3 hours
  • Meeting point:

    Prince Edward MTR station Exit A (Intersection of Nathan Road and Playing Field Road).

  • Starting time: 2.00 PM
  • Ending point:

    Yau Ma Tei MTR station (5 minutes to Tsim Sha Tsui and 10 minutes to Central by MTR).


Additional information :
  • Voucher exchange details:

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

  • Confirmation of booking:

    Please contact Hong Kong Urban Adventures to confirm your tour 24 hours prior to departure.

  • 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.

  • Dress standard:

    Comfortable shoes.

  • Child policy:

    Children must be 6 years of age to 11 years inclusively. Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this sightseeing tour.

  • Language: English

Itinerary:

Hong Kong is packed full of fascinating markets, and you’ll discover the best of them on this Kowloon market tour, as we get up close and personal with where Hong Kong locals have shopped for over 100 years, and continue to do so, despite the development rising up around them.

 

We kick this Hong Kong markets tour off on a fragrant note at the Flower Market, a vibrant and colourful street market consisting of more than 50 shops. A jungle of exotic blossoms, luck-bringing houseplants, and sweet scents, it’s the perfect introduction to the markets in Kowloon.

 

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 surroundings and listen to the charming sound of thousands of birds - it’s easy to forget about the crazy city streets that lie just outside the gates!  

 

As we travel along this Hong Kong city tour, we’ll continue to help you orient yourself, understanding whereabouts in the city you are, where Kowloon ends and the New Territories begin, and how we get to mainland China from here. We’ll also point out a mountain that is a true Hong Kong landmark and local symbol, to ensure you’re thinking just like a local.

 

Now’s the time to practice your bargaining skills at a popular local street market where vendors sell bargain-priced clothes, bags, and accessories. If you’re not up for bargaining, it’s still loads of fun to experience the atmosphere of the market, set deep within the neighbourhood of Mong Kok. As the world’s most densely populated neighbourhood, Mong Kok is home to more than 130,000 people per square kilometre! Take a minute to digest that before we head out down Nathan Road, passing by the newly built five-star Langham Place hotel and mall, before reaching Shanghai Street.

 

On Shanghai Street you’ll have the chance to glimpse what 1950s and 60s Hong Kong was like. Shanghai Street was once famous for selling everything from traditional wedding clothes to ancestral offerings, and it’s here that we’ll head into the Yau Ma Tei fruit market, a century-old wholesale market that sells exotic fruits from all over the world. From there, we’ll also call by the world-famous Jade Market, which has more than 400 hawkers, and learn about how locals believe jade can ward off health hazards and bad feng shui.

 

The final stop on this walking tour of Kowloon’s markets is a visit to Temple Street. 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, and we’re sure you’ll leave with a head full of excitement and perhaps even a few unique souvenirs and treasures of your own!


Photo Gallery:

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Traveller Feedback:

Want to check out what other travellers think of their Urban Adventure experience? See below for our traveller feedback. 

Around Kowloon in 8 Markets has an average customer care rating of 4.65 (out of a possible 5). The scores for each parameter are:
  • Your overall experience ...................................................................................... 4.63
  • Your guide’s enthusiasm, local knowledge and communication skills........................................................................................................................ 4.75
  • The level of opportunity to learn more about the culture, interact
    with locals, and experience their way of life......................................................4.63
  • The Responsible Travel philosophy implemented on your
    Urban Adventure................................................................................................... 4.63
  • Did the trip match your expectations?.............................................................. 4.63

Mrs. Christina S.
~ 19 Mar 2014
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We had a great time with Danny! He infused historical knowledge about Hong Kong throughout our tour, and he paused to point out local specialties like egg tarts and pear tea! The markets were diverse and captivating. Thanks, Danny!

 

Ms. Hilary B.
United Kingdom ~ 03 Jan 2014
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A really great tour. Our guide was really enthusiastic and we saw much more that we would have done on our own in a short space of time.

 

Mr. Timothy D.
~ 28 Dec 2013
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Thanks Danni (I hope that's the correct spelling).

Cheers,
Tim

 

Mr. Ali S.
Canada ~ 15 Jul 2013
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The tour was lots of fun; I got to see so many new places and learn about the city. My tour guide Jennifer was also fabulous.

 

Mr. Donald R C.
Canada ~ 06 Nov 2012
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Urban Adventures tours have always given great value for money, and this experience again confirmed that. Danny was personable and very informative on two different tours I did with him. Thanks!

 

Ms. Olivia M.
Australia ~ 09 Oct 2012
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Danny was fantastic - only wish I was in Hong Kong longer to do another Urbane adventure. I would recommend the experience to anyone. We saw and experienced so much - can't wait to try another tour.

 

Your trip:

For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.

Tipping:

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 Intrepid Urban Adventures destinations. Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses on this tour

  • Cancellations made more than 2 days prior to travel receive a full refund
  • Cancellations made 2 days or less prior to travel attract a 100% cancellation fee.

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