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.
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The Western Market, a building originally called the Harbour Office, was built in 1906 and later became a food market before closing in 1988. Two years later, it was declared a historical monument, renovated and then re-opened as the Western Market in 1991. Nice women at the information point will try to encaurage you to visit Western Market as the best place to see in Hong Kong but nothing interesting is there. Just a market!
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