Day 5 - Hong Kong (B)
Hong Kong is a city of markets, trade, exchanges, negotiations... In addition to the various stock exchanges and speculation, Hong-Kong has also more traditional street markets than Western travelers don’t even expect. This whole day trip will be on foot and by public transport to have a real local life experience!
In this tiny but enchanting corner of Mongkok, your Hong-Kong walking tour will start by Bird and Flower markets, breeding birds is one of favorite local hobby and you will see old men walking out their caged songbirds. Enjoy the colorful Flower Market which sell everything from Dutch tulips to exotic orchids and perfume the whole area with pleasant scents.
Head to Goldfish Market located in Tung Choi Street and famous for its exotic fish, corals, aquarium with very imaginative plant decorations but also its dogs, spiders, lizards or even snakes, a real zoological museum! Fish symbolize good fortune and wealth for Chinese people, hence their popularity.
Next stop at Langham Palace Mongkok, where you will discover an impressive and design shopping center with giant metal spirals sculptures and revisited representations of Revolution, a visit which contrasts with the other traditional markets.
You’ll ride then the worldwide famous Star Ferry, an important part of the commuter system between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, and essential journeys for visitors. The National Geographic Traveler named the ferry crossing as one of 50 places of a lifetime… Picture time! Capture some of the world’s tallest buildings that rivals the highest hills of city.You’ll reach North Point in Hong Kong Island and follow Chun Yeung Street, a multitude of wet markets, windows to a vivid and timeless world of food shopping that refuses to be extinguished by modern supermarkets.
You will end your day in Ko Shing Street where a seemingly endless number of Chinese pharmacies display all sorts of plants and dried roots reminding you how in this city traditional Chinese medicine coexists with the modern Western medicine introduced during colonial times. Pharmacotherapy is, as its name suggests, treatment using pharmacological methods. It is a collection of remedies that come in the form of pills, powders or brews derived from plants (such as Ginseng root), animals (scorpions, seahorses, snakes, rhinoceros horn…) or humans (for example, some people eat the placenta after the birth of a child).Its dispensary employees have earned a reputation for being highly knowledgeable.
Optional: You can enjoy your dinner in the authentic Temple street night market which offers a wide variety of seafood and local specialties in a lively atmosphere
Note: The order of the visits may be modified depending on the location of your hotel.