I hate markets! (As a matter of fact I hate shopping). However, I was not alone, and it forced me to walk twice to and across this market.
Well, it was not so bad, and I ended buying a DVD colection and... and... carrying Fernanda's bags.
One of the most interesting details in Temple Street Night Market is the long line of stalls with fortune tellers.
I thought that they were just a couple of them, being surprised by their big number.
Quietly standing side by side (without any remarkable demand), they are a good example of "Chinese patience". No hassle, no shout, just waiting by their dimmed lights and precarious stalls. Funny, indeed!
Ok, you have wandered through every shiny clean shopping centre you can find. Looking for something a little different ....Find a fresh produce "WET MARKET" and prepare yourself for an entirely different Hong Kong experience.
From mid afternoon people flock to wet markets so this is the best time to see hoards of locals, drawn to the quality and price, seeking out the freshest and cheapest produce for their dinner. No refrigeration here. Mostly everything on display is as fresh as it can possibly be, though I personally would be hesitant to buy meat which has been hanging in the polluted humid air for hours. Seafood, on the other hand, is plentiful and looks like it couldnt get any fresher. Its facinating to watch the fish still swimming about oblivious to their fate. Watch out for the hoses watering everything down periodically.
Most districts will have a fresh produce market. I have been to wet markets in Wan Chai and Mongkok but my favourite is in Sham Shui Po simply because as soon as you step out onto the street from the MTR concourse you are in the heart of a residential district and the sights and smells of the nearby Wet market reflect this local culture.
Nearby is the Aplui Street electronics market selling both new and used merchandise.
Another lively theme shopping street in Mong Kok is Tung Choi - for fish and aquarium stuff. It isn't that large of a place-market, and it's less colorful than flower market, but it is somehow nice and short with plenty of gold fish. They are sold in plastic bags filled with water. I just went them to watch them because I love fish for their elegance and beauty but didn't want to buy them because it would be difficult to take them home.
Fish is believed to bring good luck - a good reason to have them plenty.
Its open from10.30 am to 10 pm.
If you want anything in Hong Kong here is where to find it - just be careful not to look around - you might just come away with more purchases than you expected.
These markets open at 4pm but you need to wait until dark to get the effect of the many colourful stalls holding just about anything you could think of.
Some stall-holders will even brave a rain storm in the hope of making a sale. The night I went was very wet.
If you love colors you'll love that street. As well if you like flowers, you will like it because here they concentrate in one place - all colors and many flowers, how many pleasant sights in one street.
It is a place to see latest flower fashion and hybrids as well as many kinds of orchids and other plants such as cabage flower, potted plants and chrysanthemums. However, I noticed these flowers lack scents! You can buy single flower or already arranged in bunch, or ask at the shop to do it for you with flowers you have chosen.
Open daily from 7 am - 7 pm.
There is a nice foodmarket near Jade Market and Temple Str. you can buy just evry exotic fruit or vegetable here. Thera are also many stalls selling fresh fish or meat.
Just be aware of the fact, that stalls selling meat are are quite frightening and sometimes disgusting, as Chinese Hygenic standards are not as we are used to in Europe. Sometimes, when I visit such a market, I decide to be a vegetarian for a while. also: you can see animals on the amrket, which you would not like to eat like frogs or turtles. They are alive and the sight is not for animal lovers.
But to walk around, see all this colorful fruits and never seen before vegetables, is a very interesting experience and an opprtunity to take tons of exciting pics.
I have been to Hongkong several times but have never visited sheung wan. This time , I did it. I went to cat's gallery market where antiques, famous busts and old photos are being sold. It was quite interesting to see many images and busts. I love the busts of famous mao tse-tung with different poses and designs. Take a look, it's worth the trip.
The Temple Street Night Market is a large area filled with street vendors and small store fronts selling just about everything. Veggies, meat, toys, clothes, grocery stores, and small restaurants cover every square inch or real estate, but most don't show up until around 9pm, so don't come too early.
We wandered around here for only 30 minutes to an hour, stopped for dinner, then hit the bars in Kowloon.
The Project for Public Spaces named the Temple Street Night Market one of60 of the world's Great Public Spaces!
Fairly similar to the Ladies Market, the Temple Street Night Market is the more famous and larger of the two. The market is located in Temple St which is just to the west of Jordan MTR station in Kowloon. The market is sometimes known as Men's Street as it is very popular for men's fashion. The market starts at 2pm in the afternoon, but is lively at dusk daily. Traffic is closed on the street at that time, and visitors swarm into the street. There are more than hundred stalls with colourful lights in the market. There are carts bulging with goods from clothing to mobile phones and watches. Stalls have items mainly for men, jeans, t-shirts, pants, lighters, shoes and men's accessories. Cheap merchandise is common in the night market. Cheap second hand goods such as cassettes, video tapes, old newspapers, antiques are also sold there. The night market is famous for its snacks and roadside dining, which serves local street cuisine. It sells a wide range of delicious local delicacies.
Located in the heart of Mongkok District, Sai Yeung Street, Sai Yee Street and Fa Yuen Street Choi Street, are the essential street to visit and where you will find nothing but electronics, mostly camera equipment and sound and vision stores. The range of each of the stores is much the same however, I found Hong Kong to be very expensive for electronics!
Anne and I took photos on our mobile phones of the items, model numbers and prices that we were looking for. Everything from I pods to Canon digital cameras were very expensive compared to Australia.
Located in the heart of Mongkok District, Tung Choi Street was once known for lingerie and other erotic items. Today, Tung Choi Street is known by the locals as "Ladies Market" or "Women's Street" and the tourists know it as the home of everything fake…or good copy as the stallholders say!!!!
Most of the goods that that Anne and I found here consisted of fairly good quality merchandise that did not fall apart when we got home. From copy watched, handbags, wallets and purses, pens, clothing, shoes, bags, football and basketball shirts, we bagged them all!
The Temple Street night market starts around 4pm but doesn't get going until 6 or 7pm and it runs until about 10pm.
You are expected to haggle the price on everything....from paintings and watches to socks and safety pins.
It's a lot of brick-a-brack and a lot of the stalls sell the same things at compairable prices but you can find some cheap souviners if you can wade through.
About 1/2 way through the market, there are fortune tellers, some with birds that will tell your fortune for you if you want.
Hong Kong has more markets than I could imagine. There's the Goldfish Market, the Bird Market, the Temple Street Market at night, the Flower Market, food markets and so much more. Just walk and you'll probably stumble into a market....
I didn't see many tourists venturing into this area when I was staying in Hong Kong, but there were lots of bargains to be found. You can find electronics, new & used items, clothing, & accessories. It's mainly locals that you'll find shopping in this neighbourhood. I managed to pick up several pairs of sports socks along with a few gifts after haggling the price down.