Today you’ll have the chance to explore this wondrous and enigmatic island and really get to experience the true life of the locals with visits to markets and trips on the efficient public transport system. There is plenty of walking included in today’s explorations, so be sure to wear a pair of comfortable shoes!After breakfast your walking tour will begin at the Bird and Flower Markets in Mongkok where you will see many different species of the aforementioned on show. Breeding birds is a favorite hobby of many a local, and you’ll see some truly exotic species on show as you are serenaded around the market by bird calls.
Next you’ll head 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 dogs, spiders, lizards and snakes that 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.
While on your guided tour of Hong Kong’s bustling markets you’ll have the choice of stopping for lunch wherever and whenever you please. If you’re still unfamiliar with some of China’s delicacies, why not ask your guide to introduce you to something new? Or, if you have a favorite already, your local guide can take you to find the best place in the area whenever you feel peckish.
You’ll then continue your journey on the famous Star Ferry, a ride on which is an important part of any visit to Hong Kong, and links Hong Kong Island with Kowloon. National Geographic Traveler listed the ferry crossing as one of the top five city boat trips in the world and the pier itself as one of the top ‘50 places of a lifetime’.
While on the boat you’ll be able 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, you’ll move to Chun Yeung Street where you can take in many or the area’s wet markets.
No matter where you go in the world, markets like you’ll find in this district are wonderful insights into how a community interacts, so take the time to soak in the atmosphere as the market business buzzes around you
Up next on your guided tour is Taiyuen Street in Winchai, famous for its toys. The street is a paradise for and youngsters in your group...
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.
Your shopping day will end 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.
Pharmacotherapy is a form of treatment that uses pharmacological methods to treat remedies using pills, powders and brews derived from plants (such as ginseng) and other natural sources.
After a day full of exploration, you may be craving a relaxing, early night, but if you’re still feeling energetic, why not ask your guide for their recommendation for where to go to see the best of Hong Kong’s nightlife, or simply where to go for a tasty local meal. Optional: If you’re feeling game to visit another market, your guide can escort you to the authentic Temple Street night market, which offers a wide variety of seafood and local specialties.
Please Note: The order of your route may alter slightly, depending on the location of your hotel.