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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

“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


One night in mongkok the real true side of local life hong kong

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


One night in mongkok the real true side of local life hong kong

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.


One night in mongkok the real true side of local life hong kong

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

shed

a

few

bucks.

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