Hong Kong is truly a unique tourist experience. This Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People’s Republic of China has so much to offer. This may come as a surprise, but one attraction that is still popular with visitors to Hong Kong are night markets. The most renowned of all the night markets in this city is the Temple Street Night Market. While night markets are slowly declining in Hong Kong, this one continues to thrive. As you walk through endless aisles of stalls selling everything from jade jewelry to clothing and cheap food, you will experience a true cultural element of the former British colony. This guide will provide you with the basics of the Temple Street Night Market including what you can see and do there.
How to get there
Temple Street is located in the Kowloon District of Hong Kong. You can take the train from Yau Ma Tei Station, Exit C, and go directly to Temple Street via Jordan Road.
A word about vendors
Yes, you will interact with hundreds of vendors, many of which can seem quite aggressive. Also, keep in mind that some will try to charge you exorbitantly high prices for their goods. This is where your bargaining skills come in. Usually, you’ll be able to negotiate a lower price.
If you want to visit a market where people sell everything but the kitchen sink (and probably that as well), you’ll love Temple Street Night Market. Looking for a unique Hong Kong souvenir for family or friends back home? How about some locally – made trinkets and crafts that are inexpensive? You’ll find it all under one roof.
A spiritual side
If you perhaps would like to see some of the local religious customs, Temple Street Night Market is a good place to be. Have your fortune told, visit a fengshui expert or herbalist, or visit the Yau Ma Tei Tin Hau Temple, which is dedicated to the Buddhist Goddess of the Sea.
You won’t go hungry
At Temple Street Night Market, you will be able to taste Hong Kong’s legendary street food, which is very Cantonese in nature. There are dozens of small restaurants called Dai Pai Dongs to be found that sell local cuisine such as fresh fish, spicy noodles and claypot rice.
Markets for men and women
In the Mong Kok section of the Temple Street Night Market, you’ll find a Men’s Market as well as a Ladies’ Market. These markets sell goods aimed at both sexes, most notably clothing, beauty products, and footwear.
Where to stay near the market
You’ll find plenty of accommodations near the market district if you plan to stay here and do some more exploring. If you want a luxury hotel, there are many on the Peninsula including the Hyatt Regency, Sheraton Hotel and the Kowloon Shangri-la.
Mid-range and budget options include the Hotel Panorama, Salisbury YMCA, Tsim Sha Tsui Hostel, and Lee Garden Guest House.
Hours of operation
Vendors start arriving in the midafternoon. Most stalls are set up by six o’clock. The market is at its busiest from 9:00 p.m. to midnight.