Old vs New Hong Kong- Half Day Tour

Activity Bell House, Medilink Square, 525-543A Nathan Road, Hong Kong Published on: 06-06-2016

10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
First-time visit
3 hour
Walking Van
Sheung Wan MTR station Exit B (4 minutes from Central and 12 minutes from Tsim Sha Tsui by MTR).
Highlight of the city
Half day Tour
8.40 USD

Old vs New Hong Kong- Half Day Tour is good for

Good for family with kids Family with kids No
Good for senior Senior Good
Good for couple Couple Good
Good for solo Solo Good
Good for group Group Good
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.

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Why Old vs New Hong Kong- Half Day Tour is special ?

Immerse yourself in Hong Kong’s journey from traditional fishing harbour to international financial powerhouse

Explore the pathways of Hong Kong’s historical transformation through its multicultural neighbourhoods

Experience Hong Kong’s unique juxtaposition of traditional and modern lifestyles and architectures

Take a ride on the world’s longest outdoor escalator

Explore Hollywood Road, home to many of Hong Kong's antique shops

Pop into Cat Street, a former black market turned open-air curio market

What to explore at Old vs New Hong Kong- Half Day Tour?

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Meeting point:
  • Sheung Wan MTR station Exit B (4 minutes from Central and 12 minutes from Tsim Sha Tsui by MTR).
  • Starting time: 10.00 AM
  • 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 antiques 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 expat 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.

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 a 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 Hong Kong city tour will excite your senses, pique your curiosity, and leave you fascinated at how it has transitioned so seamlessly.

Addtional information

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.


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Bell House, Medilink Square, 525-543A Nathan Road, Hong Kong

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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