Tours by local guides Canny Lau and Shermone Yan
Our main walking tour of Hong Kong is the perfect introduction to the city. We’ve designed it to take in the three faces of the city: traditional, modern and natural. Along the way, of course, you’ll have a chance to sample some authentic Hong Kong food.
Your guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel and take you to the start of the tour. The tour starts right in the heart of Central where you’ll get a good close look at the famous skyscrapers of Hong Kong Island and relive some of the city’s most historic events (the handover to China, the Japanese invasion in WWII etc). You’ll then head to Hong Kong Park for a welcome bit of greenery and fresh air.
After a refreshing interlude in the park, you’ll head up Victoria Peak to the lookout where you’ll get to enjoy one of the world’s most famous views: the incredible panorama of Hong Kong Island, Victoria Harbour and Kowloon. (Note: The Peak Tram will be under construction until fall 2019, so you will take a taxi to the summit.) This is a good chance to orient yourself to the layout of Hong Kong, and your guide will point out all the important sites. By now you might be ready for a quick lunch in one of The Peak's many coffee shop and cafe choices.
You'll then board the tram and head down to Lower Albert Road where you will alight and make your way toward Wyndham Street, where your guide can point out other dining options based on your personal tastes and on seating availability.
You will walk along Hollywood Road to Man Mo Temple, an incense-filled world unto its own — if you’ve never been inside a Chinese temple, this is a great introduction to Chinese religions. Then you’ll duck into the Cat Street Market.
After leaving the market, you’ll walk down into the Bonham Strand area to check out the fascinating herbal apothecaries and dried seafood shops. This is Hong Kong at its most traditional, and the street scenes here will probably fulfill your image of Old Hong Kong. From here, you’ll take one of Hong Kong’s famous trams for the trip back to Central and onward to your hotel.
Of course, your guide will be an expert on Hong Kong, and he/she will be happy to adapt to your whims and interests at a moment’s notice. And if you get tired of walking, you can always take an air-conditioned taxi or public transport to the next site. Because our tours are private (we never put groups or individuals together), you will be in charge of the day’s schedule. You will truly feel like you are with a friend who is sensitive to your wishes and eager to show you those sites which you are most interested in.
This tour takes about six hours and can be completed by anyone in reasonable shape.
For information on prices, see Fees.
For two- and three-day packages, see Fees.
For those who wish, we can arrange a car/van and driver in addition to a guide. Please ask us for details.
Route Two: Kowloon Walking Tour