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Temple Night Street Market
Experience the vibrant nightlife culture of Hong Kong at the Temple Night Street Market
The street displays numerous stalls selling almost everything. You can buy anything ranging from jewellery to menswear, electronics and much more. If you love to bargain, then this place is the best place to put your skills to test. You can buy merchandise at very cheap prices, hence try your luck and bargain hard. You may end up being proud of skills.
Hong Kong is known for its street food and locals here love to munch snacks late night. You will find numerous restaurants and open-air food stalls commonly called Dai Pai Dongs selling some delectable local delicacies that represent Hong Kong's unique culinary culture. You can relish the seafood, roasted meats, noodles, fries, etc. In case you wish to have something healthy head to the fruit stands you will get only the fresh produce.
While exploring the market you will encounter some Cantonese opera musicians showcasing their talent. Take a break from your shopping spree and listen to their enrapturing notes which will take you away from the hustle and bustle of the market.
Inquisitive about future? Take an advice from a fortune teller in the market. Fortune telling is a long-followed tradition in Hong Kong and you will find numerous forecasters sitting near the temple. They have a small stall with all their paraphernalia spread on the table and charts explaining their method of forecasting. Different forecasters use different fortune telling methods ranging from hand examination to tarot card reading. You will also find the unique Chinese method of Fortune telling by a bird in which a caged bird will come out of the cage and select a card for you. If you are an alien to the local dialect, then look out for English speaking fortune tellers.
Visit Tin Hau Temple is a must if you are exploring the Temple street area. The Tin Hau temple is dedicated to the Goddess of the sea and is revered by seafaring men. There are numerous Tin Hau temples in Hong Kong, but the striking feature of this particular temple is that there is no ocean in proximity to the temple. In fact, the temple lies in the middle of a bustling urban area. The reason behind it is that the city has been prone to endless changes. The temple built in the year 1864 once faced the waterfront but due to successive land reclamations in Kowloon it stands hundreds of meters away from water, at present.
How To Get Around?
The street is crowdy by the dusk time, therefore the traffic is closed during this time. You will need to explore it on foot. And what better than strolling around taking in the lively atmosphere and tempting aromas of the street food.
Best Time to Visit
You can visit the market any fine evening. The official opening time of night street market is 2 pm and stays put till the midnight. As the market doesn't see visitors until dark, most of the vendors start laying out their merchandise by 6 pm. Locals visit the market after their office, therefore, the best time to visit the place is around 8 pm. It is between 9-10 pm that crowd magnifies.
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How To Get There?
The market is located between the MTR stations of Jordan and Yau Ma Tei, hence you can easily reach it by taking public transport. You can take a train to the nearest point to the market. Buses are a great option too. Leaving the market late at night can be a trouble for those who wish to go by train as the last train from Jordan will leave around 00:52 am. If you somehow miss that, do not worry as you can board one of the night buses that run throughout the night.
The Temple street market is filled with stalls selling about everything from souvenirs to products from known labels. Don't be surprised if you get a Gucci bag at a very cheap price as most of the products with brand tags will be fake or copies of the original.