Markets, Hong Kong
The Ladies' Market is famous for its women's clothing. It is also great place to pick up bargain-priced clothes for men and children, accessories, handbags, cosmetics, watches, small household items and toys.
If you don't want to buy anything just walk through the market for the experience.
Open 12:00noon - 11:30pm
The Jade Market at Kansu and Battery streets in Yau Ma Tei is a magnet for jade collectors from around the world. You can find everything from rare and valuable jade carvings to small, inexpensive trinkets.
Jade is hightly prized in China as many believe it wards off evil spirits and protects travellers.
Jade and gemstone testing is available at the Jade Plaza.
Open from 10am - 5pm
Temple Street has a unique atmosphere that makes it a must-see attraction. Fortune tellers huddle by kerosene lamps next to local chess masters. Street singers perform Cantonese opera. Tables and chairs from stalls selling local delicacies overflow into this street that was named after a nearby temple honouring the goddess Tin Hau. And great bargains abound with an emphasis on items for men.
Open 4pm - midnight
Tung Choi Street in Mong Kok is a magnet for tropical fish fans. The more than 10 stores in this area specialise in all things needed to keep tropical fish, like aquariums and fish food.
Open 10.30am to 10pm
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.
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!
If you want to shop in Hong Kong, there is nothing like the market shopping that is scattered throughout the city. There is the Bird Market and the Flower Market where there is an assortment of birds and flowers (self-explanatory name). There is also the Ladies Market where you can find virtually anything from accessories to clothing. There is also the Temple Street Market where you can find jade and antiquities if you dare venture out at night. There is also the Jade Market if you are interested in buying jade. This only touches on some of well-known markets that are scattered throughout Hong Kong. Don't be afraid to bargain, it is expected!! And bargain lower than what you are willing to pay because 9 times out of 10 as you walk away, you will get your deal or something close to it!!! Don't forget to pick up your handy-dandy tourist map at the airport or a tourist office to highlight where to go shopping!
Temple Street Night Market is everyones favorite market in Hong Kong, and it's easy to see why. After 7pm Temple Street comes alive, fulfilling every bargain hunters fantasies.
You can pretty much find whatever you are looking for here. Whether it's souviners for family and friends back home, phony Rolexes, Louis Vuitton Replicas, pornographic movies, "I Love Hong Kong" shirts, or Chinese herbal Medicine. You can find all of those, plus a whole lot more.
There are no set prices here, so it's pretty much expected of you to bargain. Paying for the asking price is just plain crazy.
This is the place to find inexpensive women's clothes. Anything from lingerie to shoes, jeans to accessories. There are also plenty of leather goods, great knock off handbags and wallets. There are also toys, gadgets, cosmetics and hair accessories as well as Men’s and children’s clothing. A little tough to try on things so be prepared to try over whatever you are wearing.
The Ladies Market is open from noon to 10:30 p.m.
This is the place to go for the imitation designer watches, handbags, purses, CDs, DVDs, etc. You can also find kitschy souvenirs and lots of other random stuff. There is a row of palm-readers and fortune-tellers outside the temple, many of whom speak English. And of course, lots of yummy street food is available. Just be sure to bargain hard!
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.
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.
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.
If you are a fish lover, then the Gold Fish Markets on Tung Choi Street in the heart of the Mong Kok district is where you want to be. Dozens of shops, one after another, are dedicated to the creatures from under the sea. Whether its a new fish you fancy, are just looking to spruce up your aquarium, or are in some need of some good luck ( Many Chinese people believe that a gold fish properly positioned in the home can bring them good luck ) Tung Choi Street can provide you with all three of those things.
A great street, that is just mind blowing when you see how many fish are hanging in little plastic bags on boths sides of the road. A must see while in Hong Kong!
There are several markets of interest in the Mong Kok area. Starting from Prince Edward MTR station, you can head towards the Yuen Po Street Bird Garden. Bird lovers come to the Chinese courtyard with their birds and meet with other bird lovers. This is also where you go to buy a bird, or bird accessories. It is open from 7am to 8pm daily.
Proceed through Yuen Po Street and you'll arrive at Flower Market Road. Blooms of all shapes, sizes and colours are for sale here at wholesale prices. Garden accessories are also available. It is open from 7am to 7pm daily.
Move on to Tung Choi Street, or the Goldfish Market. Again, fishes and aquariums of all shapes, colours and sizes are for sale here. Aquatic plants, fish food and other accessories are also in abundance. Come here in the evening and you'll find the street still bustling. Open from 10.30am to 10pm daily.
Shopping-mad ladies may want to skip all three markets and proceed to Fa Yuen Street. Clothes, shoes, bags and other accessories await shoppers here, as well as at the adjacent Ladies' Market (on another section of Tung Choi Street). Shops along Fa Yuen Street are open daily from 10.30am to 10.30pm, while the Ladies' Market operates from noon to 11.30pm daily.
If that isn't enough, proceed further up the Temple Street Night Market in Yau Ma Tei. It essentially sell the same types of goods and is open from 4pm to midnight daily. On the fringes of the markets, there're food stalls selling a variety of food, from noodles to seafood. A noodle stall just at the entrance of the market makes particularly good wontons (a variety of meat dumplings). If it's crowded, you'll have to share tables with other diners (mostly locals).