Mong Kok is everything you expect Hong Kong to be – a sensory feast of neon-lit streets, bustling markets, excellent street food, shopping, and a never-ending sea of people and activity. It’s the neighbourhood in Hong Kong that never sleeps.
In the local tongue of Cantonese, ‘Mong Kok’ literally means ‘busy corner’. Indeed, according to the Guinness World Records, it’s the most densely populated place on Earth. However, its popularity comes with good reason. Take a walk around and you’ll soon discover why.
Venture to Mong Kok’s lively markets and prepare to do some of the best bargain shopping in your life. According to Trip Advisor, Hong Kong’s famous Ladies’ Market is the most popular attraction in the entire city. Located in the heart of Mong Kok on Tung Choi Street, it’s popular for inexpensive bargain-priced clothes and accessories. Despite its name, Ladies’ Market is not only for the ladies, here you will find a wide variety of men’s clothing and just about all kinds of merchandise, including small household items, electronic gadgets and toys.
Fresh flowers galore, often at a fraction of the cost of commercial florists, Hong Kong’s Flower Market is worth visiting for the bargain prices and also just for the floral scents wafting through the air. The variety of exotic blooms is hard to beat with flowers flown in from all over the world. The market gets particularly busy in the days leading up to Chinese New Year when it’s tradition to buy flowers and greenery that attract good luck and fortune.
This one-of-a-kind goldfish market at the northern end of Tung Choi Street sells, for mere pennies, seemingly endless rows of brightly coloured fish packed into plastic pouches. Locals are known to be keen on buying goldfish as they believe they can bring them good luck. Besides fish, you can also find kittens, a lot of kittens, puppies, rodents, turtles, snakes, spiders, frogs, and some other amphibians and reptiles sold on the street. It’s almost like a free trip to the zoo.
Temple Street Night Market
Temple Street Night Market is a hive of traders, street performers and fortune tellers that gather nightly from 6-11pm to form this lively and vibrant market. It’s a great spot for tourists to experience local culture and traditional craftsmanship, as well buy lots of souvenirs, including antiques, jade, clothing, tea ware, and electronic gadgets.