Markets, Hong Kong
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.
A great way of experiencing the delights of Kowloon is to take the MTR station to Prince Edward on the Tseun Wan line and then head south along Nathan Rd/thereabouts. First point of call on this route involves a few minutes detour and the Flower Market.
Brief stops and customs restrictions may make purchasing impossible for the tourist but its worth a quick look. You know you are approaching it - the Flower Market must the sweetest smelling street in HK. It's not so much a market as open fronted shops on one side of the street (the other is a blank wall). But the blooms cascade, the fragrances assault your senses - a welcome change to the fumed-laden air of Nathan Rd.
Alos, just round the corner is the Goldfish Market, where fish (prized possessions in Chinese culture) are kept in plastic bags and clipped to the sides of doors with their price firmly showing.
Both are a couple of minutes from Prince Edward MTR station (and the Flower Market is well signposted).
Temple street used to be the street where prostitution activities are held but now it is more associated with shopping - flea market style.
Everything seem to be sold here. Food, clothes, mobile phones, watches, jeans, t-shirts, lighters, antiques, accessories and even kinky sex toys are being sold here.
Ladies Market is located near the Mongkok MTR at Tung Choi Street.
As the name suggests, it sells a lot of women's stuff such as clothings, bags, more clothes and more bags.
The smart thing to do is to bargain and bargain.
The night markets caters mainly for tourists, but are fun nonetheless ... if haggling over the price of a fake Rolex is your thing. The most beautiful market is the bird market. Hong Kong Chinese cherish birds, and there you will find them in all shapes and sizes. Also recommended: The fish market and the flower market.
In this covered market there are around 450 stalls of jade to choose from! Items mainly include jewellery and animal figures and beads - plenty of cheap items and bargains to be had. I bought a jade cat and a tiny sign of zodiac charm.
It is best to get there quite early and sellers will start packing up early afternoon.
One block over from the Temple Street Night Market on Shanghai Street is a seafood, meat, and produce market that is frequented almost exclusively by locals. It’s a bit disturbing to see some of the things for sale, but of all the markets, this is perhaps the most interesting because it provides the greatest insight into local life and culture.
Located between Jordan Road and Kansu Street, the Temple Street Night Market opens daily at 4:00 pm but doesn’t really get going until after sunset. Also called “Men’s Street,” the market features numerous hawker stalls selling a wide variety of inexpensive items, especially for men.
Housed in two buildings in Yau Ma Tei at the junction of Kansu and Battery Streets, the Jade Market consists of more than 450 stalls of jade hawkers selling all types, shapes, and sizes of jade, as well as a few other trinkets. The market is open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. If you’d prefer buying from a store, nearby “Jade Street” (located on Canton Road between Kansu Street and Jordan Road) features a number of stores selling high-end jade jewelry. The stores are generally open from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm.
Located in Mong Kok, the Goldfish Market features a number of stores selling aquariums, corals, and exotic fish of all varieties. Most of the stores, which are open daily from 10:30 am to 10:00 pm, are on Tung Choi Street (two blocks east of Nathan Road) between Prince Edward Road West and Mong Kok Road.
Open daily from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm, Hong Kong’s Flower Market sells everything from roses to Dutch tulips to exotic orchids. Located in Mong Kok on Flower Market Road one block north of Prince Edward Road West, this colorful market also leads to the Yuen Po Street Bird Garden.
The Fa Yuen Street Market in Mong Kok runs from Mong Kok Road to Prince Edward Road West. The market, which features what I would describe as junk, more junk, and even more junk, is only interesting in that it is nearly devoid of foreigners, who seem to stick to the parallel-running Goldfish Market.
Running along Tung Choi Street from Dundas Street to Argyle Street, the Ladies Market features handbags, accessories, and cheap women’s clothing. The market is open from noon to 11:30 pm and is usually heaving with bright-eyed women dragging along their forlorn-and-defeated-looking husbands.
Temple St night market is located to the North of Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon in the Yau Ma Tei district. It opens at 2pm but it is at it's busiest from 8-11pm, when most people come and fight their way through the crowds to look at the many stalls selling items such as nick nacks, clothes, watches, jewellery.
This open wet market selling mainly seafood was round the corner from our hotel, The South Pacific, Wanchai, Hong Kong island.
It was about a 5 minute walk from Causeway Bay MTR, Times Square exit and is located just under the fly over - very interesting, a bit of an eye opener as they do kill some of the animals (fish, chickens) there and then....