Temple Street, Hong Kong
Hong Kong is indeed a shopper’s paradise. Its mega malls, incredible branded stores and neon glowing sign boards offer an amazing shopping experience to the travelers. But the fact remains is that, by the Asian Standard, Hong Kong is really an expensive destination. If you enjoy those malls and stores without thinking about your money, you will surely end up by too much expenses. This post is not about the mega malls and grand stores. This is about the most famous street market in Hong Kong, where you can spend your money on an enjoyable shopping experience. The items are of course not the branded one because its merely a local market, but still the product range available here is amazingly good to make this market a hot favorite among the locals as well as the foreign backpackers.
The Temple Street Night Market is located in Kowloon Island near Nathan Road.The market is located in the districts of Jordan and Yau Ma Tei. In the day time it is a busy road like other roads in Hong Kong packed with cars and other shops.But at 4 PM, the street starts taking a new shape, then cars disappear off the road and local vendors move in, erecting their steel, canvas and plastic tent-like stalls. They mainly used plastic tents to protect the stalls and items from any sudden downpour. By 7 PM, this market becomes alive with lots of people from different countries, different cultures and different backgrounds to prove Hong Kong as Asia’s World City.
While coming from the Nathan Road or Jordan MRT Station, You first come across a series of food stalls, jam packed with locals mainly. This a great place to try some inexpensive local food before bargaining hard with vendors in the street market. The menu is mostly written in Cantonese, so please make sure whatever you are ordering. Do not expect a vegetarian item, even vegetarian item can be a non-vegetarian. You may find many unrecognizable sea creatures and insect in the order menu. If you find them delicious, you can move ahead with your order.
The market is also known as “Men’s Market” as it targets male customers and offers a huge range of products for them.It is a place for clothes, watches, leather goods, DVDs, toys, footwear, artworks, mobiles, goggles etc. Be prepared to bargain and always bargain hard. In my case, for a leather valet, the vendor quoted a price of 500 HK Dollars, but I bargained it to 100 HK Dollars with an additional fancy watch for my wife.
The market is illuminated by many blazing incandescent bulbs and music coming out from CDs shops making whole atmosphere very colorful.
Accessories: Lot of accessories like purse, valet, bags, ear rings, sunglasses etc are available in this market.They might have bearing the branded name like GUCCI or Ray Ban, but those products are certainly not the genuine one. They looks good and also work good for a considerable period of time, but do not expect more from these products, even if you spend some HK Dollars to buy them.
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