The Markets of Kowloon

It’s been quite a while since my last post… But instead of regaling you with excuses -um, I mean, reasons – as to why its been so long, lets just get on with it shall we …

Encompassing just under 10sq km (that is less than 4sq miles folks), Kowloon, one of the most densely populated areas in the world, is home to a myriad of markets.

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Trekking through the markets can seem like an easy way to spend an afternoon, especially when starting out at the Flower Market and winding your way over to Yuen Po Street Bird Garden (more on that in the next post).

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Even the Jade Market is a breeze to walk through.

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But, traveler be warned, as you make your way into the bustling street markets and edge your way closer to Mong Kok you had better pay close attention to your surroundings.

As the buildings rise up, the narrow streets fill with people, making it is quite easy to lose one’s way.

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Inevitably, this would have been my fate (wandering aimlessly amidst a sea of people in this urban maze), had it not been for Danny. With his guidance we were artfully led through the shops, stalls, and hordes of people to find refuge in a less frantic, and thereby more enjoyable, space: Yau Ma Tei Fruit Market.

Yau Ma Tei Fruit Market has been around since 1913. Pre-World War II signs still hang on the outer walls of the building and the market has been exclusively selling fruit here since 1965.

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To finish up a day of being overstimulated for entirely too long of a period, head on over to a roof-top bar to grab a drink and unwind. Alternatively, you could always crawl back to your hotel room and take a nap, but nah, who needs sleep?… 😉

 DSC02984Couple of Tips:

*If you are interested in seeing the markets of Kowloon sign up for a tour! It’s the easiest way to experience them (and NOT get lost).  I highly recommend Hong Kong Urban Adventures (and no, in case you are wondering, I am not getting paid to endorse this company.  The tour was very good and worth doing.  Danny is extremely knowledgeable and a great guide. ) The actual tour I did was “Around Kowloon in 8 Markets” – if you’re interested.

*Wear comfy shoes – though it’s a small area to cover, there is a lot of winding and back-tracking through the streets.

*Bring water! It gets very very hot.

*If you forgo a tour, bring a map/smart phone with GPS, and don’t be afraid to ask for directions! Seriously, it gets very confusing – especially once you’re in Mong Kok.

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