Things to do in Mong Kok, Hong Kong
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Mong Kok has been popularized by its portrayal in Hollywood films as an area with extremely high population density and a myriad of pubs, nightclubs, and massage salons.
Mong Kok by Richo in OZ via Flickr
But truth be told, Mong Kok in Hong Kong is more of a wonderful place to buy almost everything under the sun in a cheaper price. In short, it is a shopaholic paradise.
There is some sort of an irresistible pull in the streets of Mong kok that dragged everyone back to walking its streets and markets to do some shopping, practice some haggling skill or just experience the vibrant ambiance of the place. And so, here are some of the tourist activities that you can do in Mong Kok:
1. Do a Mong Kok Food Invasion
You cannot, I repeat, you cannot experience the vast food scene in this area in a day. If you can avoid eating for at least a week to make room for Mong Kok’s delicious treats, go for it.
Exaggeration aside, the food scene in this place is very authentic, so, try visiting restaurants that still roasts their pork over a charcoal fire or indulge some pineapple buns bloated with all sorts of pork based filth and egg tarts.
What is most amazing is that the restaurants’ menu prices are ridiculously affordable considering the quality of the food.
2. Go to Ladies Market
MongKok Ladies Market by Bricoleurbanism via Flickr
The Ladies Market will overwhelm you with limitless designer merchandises without the designer price. The Ladies Market runs from noon until 10:30 p.m. but it may be best to visit it in the evening as more offerings of imitated products are made available at night.
3. Visit the Bird Garden
Bird Market in Mong Kok by Derrick S via Flickr
Bird lover or not, this vicinity in Mong Kok is worth the visit simply because of the variety of pet birds that you can see or buy. In Yuen Po Bird Garden, you can appreciate the popular pastime of old Chinese men which is to keep songbirds.
If you fancy these animals, Bird Garden offers everything that is needed to take care of your pet. You can meet numerous fellow bird lovers here as well.
4. Experience the Flower Market
Your nose will tell you that you are already in the Flower Market even before your eyes see the beautiful flowers.
Mongkok Flower Market by Toivo via Flickr
In this area, you can see several vendors spilling out onto roadways to sell a collection of colorful blooms. Visit this place even if you are not planning to buy some flowers because it makes a beautiful photo opportunity, trust me.
5. Say Hello to the Goldfish Market
Goldfish Market is along Tung Choi Street. For the locals, goldfish are symbols of good fortune, so these fish are really popular pets in Hong Kong.
MongKok Goldfish Market by Fabio Achilli via Flickr
There are also several pet shops and parlors along this sector which are amusing to browse in.