Our China Travel Specialist Thomas Huang loves to wander the streets of China’s cities. According to Thomas, there’s nothing more thrilling than accidentally happening upon a tasty noodle shop for the first time, or discovering an under-the-radar location that perhaps few people know about.
For that reason, whenever Thomas is planning a traveler’s itinerary for a visit to Hong Kong, he always encourages them to include a walking tour if possible to really experience the true life of the locals with visits to some of Hong Kong’s captivating markets.
Thomas’ favorite walking tour begins at the Bird and Flower Markets in Mongkok. Bird breeding is a favorite hobby of many Hong Kong locals and it’s possible to see some truly exotic species on show while being serenaded around the market by bird calls.
Next it’s off to the Goldfish Market, located in Tung Choi Street, which is famous not only for its exotic fish and imaginatively decorated aquariums, but also the various other animals, lizards and insects which are also on sale! Fish are a popular with people in China and are seen as a symbol of wealth and prosperity, and this lively market is always buzzing with buyers and sellers haggling away.
Thomas then encourages travelers to continue their exploration on the famous Star Ferry, a ride on which is an important part of any visit to Hong Kong. The boat provides the opportunity to take some great shots of the city’s famous skyline, one of the most iconic sites in the world.
Upon reaching North Point in Hong Kong Island, the specially designed walking tour moves to Chun Yeung Street where many of the popular wet markets can be found.
Up next on Thomas’ guided tour is Taiyuen Street in Winchai, famous for its toys. The street is a paradise for youngsters…as well as those who are young at heart! With something for everyone, this area of Hong Kong stocks everything from classic toys of forgotten eras to the ultra-modern gizmos and gadgets that today’s kids go wild for.
The market tour ends on Ko Shing Street, which houses a seemingly endless number of Chinese pharmacies displaying all sorts of plants and dried roots providing a reminder of how important traditional Chinese medicine is to the local people combined with the modern Western medicine practices introduced by foreigners.
If this specially tailored walking tour whets your appetite for more, be sure to contact Thomas and ask him to include this excursion – or one to perfectly suit your requirements – in your customized China vacation.