The Street Markets of Hong Kong

When we sisters decided to visit Hong Kong, we conducted an extensive research on the city. Most of it ended in mentioning about the various street markets throughout Hong Kong. It’s interesting to note that some of the markets are named after the goods they are specialised in selling. Even though we were not regular street market shoppers, we were quite intrigued by the varieties offered in these markets.

Flower market

Flower market

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Hong Kong

Hong KongTaking up the help of our constant travel companion (The city map), the first market we reached was the Flower Market at Prince Edward Road. As we entered the street we were welcomed with the breathtaking display of colourful flowers. The fresh floral fragrance had a long-lasting effect thus rejuvenating our senses. The street consists of both small vendors and premium flower shops selling all sorts of exotic flowers. Apart from the flowers, this market also sells ornamental plants, seeds of fruits and vegetables, garden decor and farm fresh fruits. We started hopping from shop to shop just to have a look at the beautiful blossoms, and reached the Yeun Po Street where the famous Bird garden is located.Hong Kong

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Decorative Birds at Flower Market

Decorative Birds at Flower Market

Bird Garden

Bird Garden

The Yeun Po Street Bird garden is a regular hang out for the songbird owners who get their caged birds mostly in the evening to catch up with the fellow owners. The traditional Chinese style garden has stalls selling these pretty singing birds, bamboo cages, porcelain water bowls for the birds and other bird care essentials. You might not buy these singing birds but the memory of the enchanting melody from these birds is worth taking back home.Hong Kong

Bamboo bird cages

Bamboo bird cages

White Cuckatoo at Bird Garden

White Cuckatoo at Bird Garden

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Bird Garden

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After our beautiful experience, we walked back to the Prince Edward road in search of the Fa Yeun street market. The densely crowded market is famous for sneakers (hence also called Sneaker Street) and sportswear. The market stretching from Prince Edward to Mongkok is one of the cheapest retail streets selling all sorts of clothing for men, women and children. We walk along the market bargaining for the prices in various stalls, testing our haggling skills and thus being successful in grabbing couple of dresses at a reasonably cheap price.

Yeun Po Street Market

Yeun Po Street Market

The Tung Choi Street that is adjacent to the Fa Yeun Street has another market selling variety of Goldfish, hence named the Goldfish Market. You will also find a wide range of aquatic plants and impressive aquariums displayed in various shops. We came to a sudden halt and took a U-turn from the street (literally ran away) when we saw a container full of floating eels making both of us queasy.

Goldfish Market

Goldfish Market

Walking down the Tung Choi Street towards Mongkok we reached the ultimate shopping paradise for all the women: the Ladies Market. A girl will definitely get a decent retail therapy with all the options available for clothing, accessories and cosmetics at a bargain price. Once again we were happy souls with all the treasures we managed to grab through bargaining.

Ladies Market

Ladies Market

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Jade Market

The Entrance to Jade Market

Ditching the decision to take MTR, we walked along Nathan Road enjoying the site of busy evening shoppers and headed to the Jade Market. Even though the market does not have the premium quality jade collection, it’s a good place to shop for reasonably priced good luck charms. Wide range of jade accessories like bangles, necklaces, rings and other home décor items are available here with the price ranging from $100HKD to $1000HKD.

Jade Accessories

Jade Accessories

Jade Market

We ended our Kowloon market hopping with the famous Temple Night Street Market, which is 2 minutes walk from the Jade Market. The market opens every night at 7pm and is a hotspot among the locals. As the night approaches, tables and chairs are laid for diners and stalls are opened on the street, fortune tellers and opera singers taking their place in every corner of the street. If you are looking for good time and great Cantonese food, this is the place to hit in the night.

Temple Street Night Market

Temple Street Night Market

Temple Street Night Market

Among the various other markets in Hong Kong, the Western Market and the Cat Street Antique Market were the ones that caught our attention.

The Western Market at Des Voeux Road, Hong Kong is a colonial structure built in the 19th century mainly selling Chinese clothing and wholesale silk fabrics. This declared monument also houses a couple of cafes in the ground floor and an impressive banquet hall on the top floor.

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Western Market

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Western Market Plaque

Western Market

Inside the Western Market

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Walking up north from the Western Market we reached the Upper Lascar Row (Cat Street) in Hollywood Road. This street has its fair share of shops and stalls selling antique furniture and collectibles, jade items and art galleries.

The Busy Hollywood Road

The Busy Hollywood Road

Cat Street

Cat Street

Cat Street

At the end of the market is the Man Mo Temple (God of Literature and War), where large incense coils are hung from the roof creating a calm and holy atmosphere.

Man Mo God

Man Mo God

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Man Mo Temple

Man Mo Temple

Man Mo Temple

Incense Sticks hanging at Man Mo Temple

As we went exploring further down the Hollywood Road, we came across a wide array of restaurants and pubs along with themed high street retail stores. Just another great place to unwind and relax!!

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4 Comments

  1. Ankeet Ankeet
    May 1, 2014    

    I had no idea that Hong Kong has soo much to offer..

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      May 2, 2014    

      Yes.. even we were quite surprised when we started exploring Hong Kong.. But we still have many places pending that we want to visit in the city.

  2. Mahaveer Jain Mahaveer Jain
    May 6, 2014    

    Well do check out the gadget manufacturing companies. Hong Kong is hub of hardware industry.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      May 7, 2014    

      Thanks for the information.. Definitely we will add it to our must visit list for our next trip.

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