4 Hours Walking tour itinerary for Hong Kong: Do A Nostalgic Walking Tour
Go on this walking tour which offers an opportunity to get a deeper understanding of Hong Kong life and culture, where you can explore Central District for those spectacular skyscrapers, experience hustle-bustle of Chinese herbal wholesale market and taste the authentic local gourmet.
Walking Tour - Nostalgic Hong Kong
The Bank of China Tower - is one of the most recognizable skyscrapers in Hong Kong. Designed by I. M. Pei, the building is 315.0 m high with two masts reaching 367.4 m high. It was the tallest building in Hong Kong and Asia from 1989 to 1992; it is now the fourth tallest skyscraper in Hong Kong.
The Former Legislative Council Building - The building was designed by Sir Aston Webb and Ingress Bell, the British architect responsible for the eastern façade of Buckingham Palace and the Cromwell Road frontage of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
The HSBC Main Building - Headquarters building of The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, it was finished on November 18, 1985. At the time, it was the most expensive building in the world (c.a.HK$5.2 billion, roughly US$668 million). Its design and construction included the installation of the "Asian Story Wall", a multimedia installation consisting of twin banks of 30 seamless plasma screens displaying archived bank heritage and artworks. The building was designed by the British architect Lord Norman Foster. The building is 180-metres high with 47 storeys and four basement levels. The building's modular design enables it to be dismantled and moved if there was any possibility of a disrupted handover to the People's Republic of China in 1997.
Tram Ride - Since 1904, trams have been running from East to West of Hong Kong Island. Over the last century, Hong Kong Tramways witnessed the development of Hong Kong, and the Tram remains an efficient and the most economical mode of public transport in Hong Kong. Today, Hong Kong Tramways owns and operates a fleet of 163 tramcars, including 2 antique tramcars, carrying a daily average of 230,000 passengers. It is the world's largest fleet of double-deck tramcars still in service.
Sheung Wan - located on Hong Kong Island; it was one of the earliest settled places by the British since 1842. The traditional Chinese Sun-Dried Seafood Market, merchants have occupied the area since the mid-1800s and dry-goods sellers of all kinds are concentrated in the vicinity, such as shark fins, abalone and swallow bird nest etc. Here, you can get an understanding of the Chinese diet culture.
Herbal Market - It is a wholesale market of Chinese herbal medicine. Here, you find authentic ginseng, fungus, deer antler, and tail, and learn the differences between Western and Chinese theory. All dispensary employees have earned a reputation for being highly knowledgeable. Most of the Caucasian doesn’t know, Wisconsin State of America is the largest exporter of Ginseng in the world.
Sun Dried Food Market - Dried seafood is a common ingredient in Chinese cooking and traditional tonics, and in Hong Kong, this trade is clustered around a section of Des Voeux Road West in Sheung Wan, commonly known as Dried Seafood Street. Up to 50 years ago, the area was dominated by salted fish stores when workers would dry their products on rooftops, sell them on the ground floors and live on the floors in between. As the area became more residential, businesses expanded their sales pitch to include more high-end and auspicious options, including the Chinese banquet favourite abalone.
Man Mo Temple - It is a picturesque tribute to the God of Literature (Man) and the God of War (Mo), both of whom were worshipped by ambitious students looking to succeed in the civil examinations of Imperial China. These involved rigorous systems aimed at finding the best administrative officials for the state. Built in 1847, this remains the largest Man Mo temple in Hong Kong. To pause for a moment’s respite under its giant hanging incense coils makes for a pleasant contrast with the hectic pace of the nearby financial district.
Hollywood Road - was the second road to be built when the colony of Hong Kong was founded. There were holly shrubs growing in the area when the road was constructed. Therefore, it’s named Holly Wood Road. Nowadays, Hollywood Road is filled with trinket and antique shops of all sorts: from Chinese furniture to porcelain ware, from Buddha sculptures to Tibetan rugs, from Japanese netsukes to Coromandel screens, from Ming dynasty ceramic horsemen and kitsch Maoist memorabilia.
Private English speaking Hongkonger guide.
Fare of public transportations.
Personal travel insurance.