Scents of the City - Hong Kong's Aromatic (and Stinky) Past (On Private Request)

    On Private Request
    In front of Swatch on Theatre Lane (Nearest MTR Exit: D2, Central)
    Approx. 2.5 hours
  • FEE
    On Private Request
    English (Cantonese and Mandarin options are available for private group bookings. Please email [email protected] for details.)
    Note: this tour is only available on Private Request- if interested, please contact our email [email protected] for further inquiry.

    Hong Kong sure has a lot of impressive sights to offer anyone new or old to the city, but have you ever paused to appreciate the special smells and scents that are never far away? While we may not have a good reputation for air quality, off the busy main roads, you can encounter a rich variety of aromas at food stalls, flower stands, incense stores, tea shops and open markets. On this walk to reclaim the beaten path in Central through the sense of smell, we invite you to take a deep breath and nose your way through Hong Kong’s history on topics ranging from the city’s sex industry and tea and incense trade, to religious rituals that are still practised today and even developments in public hygiene.

    Tour highlights:
    • Find out how good the city used to smell to earn the name ‘Fragrant Harbour’, or Hong Kong as commonly known.
    • Find out why the hip Lyndhurst Terrace was once a little floral paradise.
    • Visit an old Chinese tea shop for a special olfactory experience, and learn about how the 19th century world tea trade changed Hong Kong’s destiny.
    • Chart the life and death of Graham Street Market – Hong Kong’s oldest wet market at over 170 years old – as it grapples with the forces of urban renewal.

    Limber up, blow your nose, and we promise Hong Kong is not gonna smell the same again.