Travel Destinations and Photo Spots
As night creeps in, night traders begin setting up their stalls on Temple Street in Kowloon. The market stretches for 5 city blocks with a seemingly endless stream of sellers with a range of goods on offer.
Goods range from counterfeit jewellery, watches and clothing to cheap electronics. Vendors have many deals such as 6 USB memory sticks for $50 HKD but obviously this price can be bartered down to as many as 10 or 14 for the same price.
The same applies to handbags and most items in the market, haggling and bargaining is widely accepted and encouraged. If the seller gives you a price you can bargain back starting as low as 30% of the original asking price. The more items you buy from the one seller, the more they seem to drop the price on each additional item you are buying.
One piece of advice I have is to walk through the market first, simply eyeing up what is on offer and do not make any purchases. You will see the same items over and over again from different sellers and prices can vary substantially.
The night market is a great place to pick up some souvenirs or presents you want to bring home with you from your travels. With such a wide variety of items, you are bound to find a present suited to each person you are looking to buy for.
The market is not limited to simply goods. There is a wide array of street food available at modest prices and the smells fill the corridors of the market.
Fortune-tellers also set up shop here and this seems to be quite a popular service that people utilise.
I had a great time exploring the night market, I really enjoyed bartering with the sellers and seeing which goods I could get cheaper than I anticipated.
When to go:
The best time to visit the market seems to be between 7pm-11pm, by this time all of the vendors will have set up their stalls and the market will be bustling with swarms of people.
There are ATM’s nearby if you run out of money but it is best to arrive with the budget of cash that you are willing to part with.
How to get there:
1. From Jordan MTR station take exit C2 and walk along Bowring St.
2. From the Yau Ma Tei MTR station take exit C and follow Man Ming Lane.