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Mong Kok Hong Kong – Most vibrant and lively area of Hong Kong

Mong Kok is one of the major shopping, eating, and market areas of Hong Kong. No, lets be real, it is THE area for shopping, eating and markets.

Whether you prefer high end shopping and the finest western restaurants, or want to hit the streets for some haggling to find the best bargains and test the huge variety of street foods – you will be satisfied with your visit to Mong Kok.

The area is popular with local residents as well as tourists, making it crowded pretty much all of the time! I currently live in Mong Kok and to be 100% honest with you, I never want to leave this place! Even when i leave for regular international trips, i find myself really missing Mong Kok and wishing i was back! (i am sorry to all the people whom had to listen to me say “I can’t wait to get back to Hong Kong”).

Mong Kok is a big mix of old apartment buildings and new multi-level shopping malls, hotels, and restaurants. At ground level you will find an abundance of clothing, shoes and accessories stores, sidewalks lined with local eateries, as well as a vibrant yet darker nightclub, bar (and brothel) scene.

A walk around the block of an early morning has me strolling past thousands of men in neat business suits, school children with their aunties (Domestic Helper/nanny), Chinese tourists with large suitcases rolling their way to the bus station that does daily trips to China, a handful of prostitutes still working on their corner from the night before, as well as a bunch of western tourists wandering the streets and absorbing the crazy, hectic, exciting and diverse vibes of Mong Kok.

Simply take the MTR (subway train) from anywhere in Hong Kong and exit at Mong Kok Station. AND, be prepared to be bombarded with people, people and more people!!

Lets begin with the attractions you can visit/experience in Mong Kok.

Markets, Attractions and Things to do

Ladies Market – Tung Choi Street

By far the biggest and most crowded market in Hong Kong is “Ladies Market”. This place is most popular with tourists, both Chinese and Western. The market, as the name suggests, specialises in womens clothing, accessories and nik naks/cheap souvenir type things, however you will certainly find an abundance of mens and children’s clothing too!

Expect the quality of items to be quite low, however there are lots of great trinkets that make for great travel gifts – be check out the hand paintings of Hong Kong, hand held mini fans (USB charged) and I love Hong Kong tees.

You can haggle/barter for a discounted price, as vendors will often lower the price to make a sale. Just remember to smile, be super friendly and polite when doing so.

Tung Choi Street – Ladies Market – Mong Kok Station Exit 2

Hong Kong Tourism Board – Ladies Market – http://www.discoverhongkong.com/eng/see-do/highlight-attractions/top-10/ladies-market.jsp

Fa Yuen Street – Sneaker Street

A super short (less than one minute) walk from Ladies Market you can the the infamous Far Yuen Street. It is widely known as Sneaker Street, and as soon as you take a few steps along this street you will soon realise why!

Both sides of the street, as well as the streets surrounding, are filled with brand named sneaker shops. Think Adidas, Nike, Reebok, Converse, New Balance, Puma, Fila, Lacoste, Lotto, Timberland, Diadora, and more!

Expect to find prices to be less expensive than what you would find in Australian stores!

Fa Yuen Street – Sneaker Street – Mong Kok Station Exit 2

Heres a video i made very recently to show the prices of random styles and brands and give you more of an idea about the street and the sneaker vibes happening!

Yuen Po Street Bird Garden

This is a small garden area above the busy crowds of Prince Edward. Here you can find hundreds of singing birds, so many colours and species. Birds are popular pets in Hong Kong and Asian culture, being a symbol for freedom. They are often used in Chinese Feng Shui for love, commitment and good luck.

The garden is open from 10am to 6pm. You can walk from Mong Kok (simply by following Fa Yuen Street all way north until it stops! Cross Prince Edward Road and you’ll be right near the Bird Garden). Or simply catch the subway to Prince Edward Station (exit B1) and follow the signs.

Yuen Po Street Bird Garden – Prince Edward Station exit B1

Flower Market Road

Flower Market Road is along Prince Edward Road. Here you can find a huge range of fresh florist stores. If you are into flowers then it is worth checking out. My favourites were the rainbow roses, the touch me no plant that closes up when you touch it, the gold flowers and the fluro coloured mini cactus!

Flower Market – Prince Edward Station exit B1

Goldfish Street

In the north of Tung Choi Street (Ladies Market area is in the south of the street) you can find the fish, turtle, frog and other replies all on display at stores as well as hawker type stalls.

Although i have wandered around this area admiring the beauty and colours of the fish and wondering what a turtle would be like as a pet – i cannot help but to be realistic and acknowledge that this is not an area that shows compassion to animals.

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These little creatures are breed to feed pet reptiles 🙁

Fish are stuffed in miniature plastic bags without much space to even move, then hooked up on big wire racks to be displayed to the public all day everyday in the high temperatures.

There are large turtles (about 50cm wide) trapped in glass cabins without any nature or bedding (i don’t know what a turtle requires but i think more than a small empty glass cage).

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Don’t get me wrong, the turtles are intriguing and the fish vibrant, and it is defiantly worth going to see their beauty. If you are not supporting such practises (aka buying from these stores) then going as a tourist just to look is not hurting.

Goldfish Street – Tung Choi Street North – Prince Edward exit 2 (then just cross Prince Edward Road).

Canton Road Fresh Produce Market

Canton Road (the section that cross Argyle Street) is where all the locals go for fresh produce! Most of the vendors sell a range of fruits and vegetables, however, expect a few sidewalk stores selling flesh hanging on hook (yes, pigs feet, organs etc etc).

It was only the other day i saw a local Hong Konger purchasing a bag from brown frogs (they were put in a plastic bag and weighed). The lady then proceeded to pay the store owner and walked over to another stall without taking her frogs.

I wondered why. I paused in the middle of the market to watch why she left her frogs there. The store owner then sat down on the sidewalk, pulled out a large wooden chopping board and proceeded to chop the heads of the frogs before re-bagging them! I was in shock and was out of there in a hot minute!

Canton Road Fresh Produce Markets – Mong Kok Exit C4 – continue west along Argyle Street to Canton Road (Canton crosses Argyle).

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Langham Place

Langham Place is one of the newest and nicest shopping malls in Mong Kok. At 59 stories high it stands as Mong Kok’s tallest building, with the shopping complex being 12 stories high. There are also 2 basement levels, where tourists can access Marks and Spencer Food store (all that western food) and a huge star bucks area. Theres free wifi in the mall as well as a huge range of clothing and shoe stores.

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Langham Place – Mong Kok Station exit Langham Place (follow the signs through the underground walkway to Langham Place Basement).

Temple Street Night Market

Temple Street Night Market is walking distance from Mong Kok, however you can simply catch the metro to Ya Mei Tai Station and follow the signs. The market does NOT run during the day, and vendors set up in the late afternoon so don’t arrive too early or you’ll be highly disappointed!

Much the same as ladies market, but with more of a local feel. Lots of inexpensive local style restaurants surround the area (as do brothels).

Temple Street Night Market – Yau Ma Tei Station exit C

 

 

Excited to visit Mong Kok ? Here’s the video i made of the attractions in Mong Kok 🙂

I hope this post has been helpful / useful / or inspiring for those planning to visit Hong Kong. Hong Kong is the best place in the world (if you ask me!) and i am sure you will have to most amazing time here.
Happy and safe travels, love jasmine xoxox
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