While I was in Hong Kong I didn’t actually stay on Hong Kong Island (which is where you’ll find the iconic skyline of Hong Kong). I stayed across Victoria Harbour in Kowloon, a busy urban area of Hong Kong. I loved staying in Kowloon and I wanted to learn a little bit more of this area so I went to explore the Kowloon Markets with Urban Adventures. Hong Kong is known for it’s shopping from high end designer to local markets, and some of the best and most unique markets you can find are in Kowloon. Here is some of what I saw on my tour.
The Flower Market
We started at the Flower Market, which consists of several blocks of stalls and shops selling flower, and others plants. Hong Kong has a high population density and so most people aren’t buying flowers and plants to plant in a garden. Instead people buy plants and such as part of Feng Shui, which is a philosophy of balancing energy in a home or environment. Many people buy plants and flowers to use in religious altars in homes as well.
The Bird and Pet Markets
Close to the flower market we wandered over to the bird market, which sells (as you may have guessed) porcupines. No, just kidding they sell birds. In Hong Kong a lot of elderly men get birds as a pet. Our tour guide Danny told us this is because the men have worked so hard all their lives when they retire they have nothing to do, so they get a bird as a pet. Being that Hong Kong is so densely populated birds, and other small animals are popular for pets.
More Street Markets and More
I really enjoyed my Kowloon Market walking tour. The tour guide Danny was personable and friendly and had lots of interesting information and tips to share about the various markets and other sites in Kowloon.
This tour was free for me because I won an Urban Adventure voucher through a contest on Caroline in the City Travel Blog. I was not asked to write about or review this tour, and as always all opinions are my own.
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While in Hong Kong I stayed at the Pearl Premium Guesthouse inside Mirador Mansion. This is a large scale building that caters to budget travelers. I chose to stay here rather than at the more infamous Chungking Mansion and was quite happy with the quality of the guesthouse and the location, which was just steps away from the Tsim Sha Tsui subway station in Kowloon.
If you can stretch your budget there are plenty of moderate and high end luxury hotels you can book in Hong Kong here.
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