We’ve chatted quite a bit about food so far, so let’s change the topic and talk about Mong Kok, the busiest district in the world according to the Guinness World Records!
It’s Chinese name is pronounced as “Wong Gog,” which translates into “prosperous and crowded corner”.
The major industries are retail, restaurants and entertainment. Mong Kok has many streets that are named after the items that they specialise in. A few examples include Flower Market Road, Goldfish Street and Photocopy Street (due to the many schools in the area). It also has many shopping centres specialising in technology, video games, CD’s and DVD’s.
Here’s a little 360 clip 😀
Market wise, Fa Yuen Street is great for fresh fruit and vegetables and cheap household essentials. Many inexpensive and fashionable clothes shops line the side streets of the market, blasting out American pop/RnB.
Also, how cute is this ice cream van?!
We got some snazzy tie-dye tops from this stall for $40 each (roughly £3.50) and we didn’t even need to haggle, BARGAIN! 😀
Ironically the Ladies’ Market (Tung Choi Street) doesn’t sell much womens’ clothing.
It mainly specialises in souvenirs, novelties and knock-offs. If you’re looking for an “I love Hong Kong” t-shirt, traditional Chinese dress or a fake Louis Vuitton bag, you’ve hit the jackpot.
However, be warned, the market traders are very persistent. Obviously they will offer you a high starting price, but you can get it down pretty quickly once you’ve made them an offer and walk away if they decline. For example, I recently asked for the price of a kimono that they stated was $240 and after saying that I was only willing to pay $60, I managed to get it down to $75 within seconds (after getting chased down the street)!
Or maybe sexy animal thongs are more up your street?!
On a side note, there’s loads of cheap little restaurants to eat on either side of the market, such as Chinese, Japanese and Thai.
There are also many ‘food-booths,’ most of which sell traditional snacks such as fish balls, fried tofu and squid on sticks or little polystyrene bowls. These snacks are very popular in Hong Kong, especially for those in a rush!
Every night at 7.30pm, there are many different street performances on Sai Yeung Choi Street South, including bands, martial arts masters smashing glass bottles with their bare hands, an old man balancing with a vase of flowers on his head and students in papier-mâché bear heads stopping in the middle of the busiest district in the world!
We also got our photo taken by Quartershot. They use an instant-film camera and the photos are taken in colour during the day and black and white in the evening.
$20 well spent!
Hope you’re all having a great day! 😀