Mong Kok is actually a shopper’s paradise. It’s like a mixture of Chadni, Esplanade along numerous other shops to choose from. Mong Kok is located in the Western part of Kowloon Peninsula within an area known as the Yau Tsim Mong District. It’s famous for its huge number of shops, and cheap roadside food stalls.
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“One Night in Mongkok” – The Real True side of
local life Hong Kong
Mong Kok is actually a shopper’s paradise. It’s like a mixture of
Chadni, Esplanade along numerous other shops to choose from.
Mong Kok is located in the Western part of Kowloon Peninsula
within an area known as the Yau Tsim Mong District. It’s
famous for its huge number of shops, and cheap roadside food
stalls. As said a paradise for those window shoppers and if you
can manage to get your hands on a few hundred bucks, your
time spent there will be all the more worthwhile.
One doesn’t need any mode of transport to move around Mong
Kok. You can just move around, and one day is all you need to
see the cheap bargains going on in the Ladies Market to the
Langham Palace shopping mall. There may a shortage of
branded goods in these markets, but rest assured, the local
products that they sell are nothing to be trifled with. Here is a
description of night spend in this Bustling city of Hong Kong.
So starting from the Prince Edmund Station, you will have to
leave from the exit B1. Turn straight the corner and follow the
signs to the flower market. No sooner you enter the market, you
will be met with a whole plethora of colours. The flower market
shows its true potential during the Chinese New year, as the
local citizens come to buy flowers which bring luck, such as,
Orchids, Peach Blossoms, Plum Blossoms, Peonies, Pussy
Willows and Narcissus or Water Fairy flowers.
The orchids ranging from a variety of colours is a symbol of
fertility. Peach signifies longevity while the Plum symbolizes
perseverance and reliability. Peonies symbolize the feminine
beauty, charm and affection. Pussy willows is a sign of growth
and represents prosperity and finally the Water Fairy or
Narcissus represents prosperity coupled with good fortune. The
flower market is a site to behold, but, visit it during the Chinese
New year and you will be flabbergasted.
If you keep straight walking on the Yuen Po Street, you need to
take the stairs with the sign “Yuen Po Street Bird Market
Garden”. The name says it all. It’s more like a garden than a
market. At the entrance you will be met yet again with a whole
plethora of colours. The big birds are generally kept here. This
place is famous for songbirds.
There exists an age old Chinese hobby. Elderly men come to this
garden to feed these songbirds and preen their feathers. In
exchange the birds reciprocate in beautiful and sweet songs.
Aside from all the humdrum that exists in the neighbouring
areas, this place is much more peaceful and much more suited to
some rest after a day full of walking around window and
occasionally some actual shopping.
Next comes the gold fish market. Yes you read correct, no need
to re-read. Those blobby fishes that dirty the aquarium the most
actually have a whole market dedicated to them. Exiting from
the same way you came into the Bird Garden, cross the road into
Tung Choi Street. Gold fishes are believed to be the bearer of
good luck. Aside from gold fish, you can see all sorts’ fishes,
amphibians, and my favourite were the saltwater aquariums
with corals. The beauty of coral aquariums are off the charts.
One has to sees them in order to believe them.
If you walk from just around the corner of the goldfish market,
you will end up at the Fa Yuen Street. It is also known as the
Sneaker Street and is a Hong Version of Esplanade. Aside from
sneakers (needless to say) you can find all sorts of commodities
such as watches, travel bags, clothes, jackets, and almost
anything of everything can be found here. Walking along the
south end you will end up in the Sneakers section. Hoardings
pop up around every corner. Adidas and Nike combined with
some upper cheap local brands. If you want to strike some good
bargains, then this is a nice place to start. It goes without
saying, but be aware of fake goods. Don’t go into a shopping
frenzy and start buying everything you can lay your eyes upon.
At the centre of the Sneaker’s market, you will find the ladies.
It’s spread over four blocks, roughly about 1km, and a place
definitely worth checking out if you are in the Mong Kok area.
Cross the Nathan Road and follow the signs to the Langham
palace located at 555 Sanghai Street.
One you arrive there, you will notice an atark difference between
the previous regions you have visited to this place. There are
coffee shops, cafes, free Wi-Fi zones; all in all it’s a polished
version of all those street markets. The Langham is actually a
huge shopping mall with 15 storeys.
There are a lot of imported branded items, typically present in a
mall. Here you can also find the expresscalator, which is a
actually an escalator on steroids. You can take it from the fourth
floor to the eight floor and again from the eight to the twelfth
floor. Once on the thirteenth floor, the view is ecstatic (not
recommended for people with fear of heights).
There is also a sky bar, so feel free to knock up a beer and relax
because literally speaking, you are at the top of the world, so
why not relax a bit. There are also an array of restaurants, so
feel free to grab a bite and if you’re packing enough money, go in
for some brand shopping.
Progressing onto the Canton Street, you will come across the
Vegetable Market and the name says it all. Anything you need
for your dinner, you name and they have it. Fruits, vegetables,
fish, pork, chicken and any kind of food items can be found here.
Here is a short trip and a night spent here in the Mong Kok
district of Hong Kong. It’s a nice place to spend a day and to