Uncover the story behind Hong Kong's transformation from traditional fishing harbor to soaring financial metropolis on a small-group tour. See both sides of the coin as you wander streets and neighborhoods that celebrate both the old and new of this captivating city.
Begin in one of the area's oldest shopping hubs as you discover the charms of the Western Market, situated in a grand Edwardian building. Continue to Hollywood Road and marvel at the array of antique dealers offering seemingly endless historic pieces. Nearby is Cat Road—formerly the focal point of the region's black market, it now stands as an open-air curio fair.
As you enter Tai Ping Shan, also known as Victoria Peak, jump forward in time as everything takes on a more contemporary feel. Sense the western influences in shops and other examples of international style. Observe how the two styles blend, with the traditional streets housing globally recognized businesses.
Visit the newly opened PMQ; the former Police Married Quarters which has been transformed into the designer hub of the city. Young brands and independent designers showcase and sell their products in the old dormitory units in the heart of the city, while paying a subsidized rate.
No trip is complete without a ride on the 2,600-foot (800-m) Central-Mid-Levels Escalator. As you enter downtown feel the surge of investment in swanky malls, posh bars, and offices of financial institutions, reflect on how the city expertly managed the transition between old and new.