We have been hearing a lot about Mong Kok since we arrived in Hong Kong. Our flat mates told us that it’s the best place for bargain shopping and something that every new “Honker” needs to experience. So we decided to check it out. (On a Saturday might I add! Probably the busiest day for shopping! 😉 )
Getting to Mong Kok is really easy. Just hop on the MTR and make sure that you get off at Mong Kok station.
As you exit the MTR you will walk straight into the craziness of Mong Kok, so be prepared! Apparently, according to the Guinness World Records, Mong Kok has been named as one of the busiest districts in the world! Even the name, Mong Kok, means “busy corner”.
I must admit, I thought Mong Kok was going to be a bit more hectic. If I had to compare it to the markets that we visited in Cambodia or Vietnam, the markets in Mong Kok seemed a bit more organized. As we walked into the famous Ladies market, the stall vendors were quite chilled out. Nobody was pulling at our shirts, shouting at us or forcing us to buy things. The stall vendors in Mong Kok seem to mind their own business and even told us that the things they are selling are fake. Everywhere we walked we heard them say “Fake watch! Fake wallet!”. I must add that we visited the market during the day and I’m sure it probably gets packed during the night, but it was quite refreshing to walk through the stalls.
Mong Kok is packed with street vendors. You will find anything here from a wallet to a goldfish! You will see one street filled with pet shops, another with electronics and another one with fresh fruit and vegetables. If your time is limited, I would suggest spending the day in Mong Kok as there’s quite a bit to see.
Some of the must see streets include:
* Tung Choi Street/ Ladies street where you can find the famous “Ladies market”.
* Yuen Po Street Bird Garden where you will see some local people taking their birds out for a “walk”. (We haven’t visited it yet, but it is definitely on our “Things to do in Hong Kong” list!)
* If you want to geek out on some mobile devices or electronics, head over to Sin Tat Plaza in Argyle St.
* For some local fish balls or egg puffs, stay in the area of Dundas Street.
As it was one of the hottest days we have experienced since being here, we went indoors just to cool of for a while in the air-cooled shopping center. The shopping centers here are absolutely crazy! It was packed with people and even queuing for the bathroom proved to be a mission! We walked around in the center for a bit to cool down, and then headed out into the madness again.
Mong Kok is definitely a place to visit when travelling to Hong Kong. Just make sure that you are well prepared for the madness! 🙂