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Located in the areas of Jordan and Yau Ma Tei in Kowloon, Hong Kong, the Temple Street is an important street famous for its night market and the busiest flea market at night in the territory. Its popularity is by no means inferior to those big shopping malls in Causeway Bay and Tsim Sha Tsui

The place was built during the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911) and it was named after the temple called Tin Hau. The banyan tree in front of the temple divides the street into two sections. 

The Temple Street was formerly known as Men's Street since most of the shops have men's products for sale, which forms a big contrast with the Ladies' Market in Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok. Now, it has become a comprehensive market. When night falls, the market comes to life. The peddlers turn up in the street one after another to have their stalls open for business. The shops and stalls offer everything of the daily use, the goods range from the alarm clock to the music box, from the dark-red enameled pottery to the radio, from the tawdry clothes to the exaggerated underwear, from the tattered jeans to the fashionable dress. The cell phones, watches, leather products, antique pieces, accessories, household utensils are all on sale here. More care should be taken when buying these items, because there are always some fake ones. 

Apart from doing some shopping, some people come to the Temple Street in pursuit of entertainment. The so-called fortune tellers assemble here and assume the air of being a demigod. There are some people who believe in fortune telling. Some pairs of lovers are keen on knowing more about their marriage. You will also come across some marvelous Cantonese opera singers, Chinese chess players, street dentists and amazing astrologers in the area. The street also features innumerable food outlets serving snacks, light items and local dishes including seafood. The delicate Wonton Noodles, the Clay Pot Rice, Beef Balls and Fish Balls are all worth tasting. Though the Temple Street is only 600 meters long, it is a place of hustles and bustles. It takes some time to wander around this street during the holiday. If you are too tired to walk, stop to have some drinks in the roadside store, and your fatigue will die away at once.

The Temple Street is put into the publicity due to its unique characteristics. It is repeatedly selected as the setting for different films in Hong Kong such as Queen of Temple Street (1990) and The Prince of Temple Street (1992). In many gangster films the Temple Street is described as a street of crime and prostitution, but in real life, it is a happy sphere for visitors and peddlers. It is used as a symbol for public life in Hong Kong.

The Hong Kong culture, the brightly dressed people, the lighted shops, the ostentatious display of products, the flavor of food items and the melody of the traditional Chinese music, all contribute to the special charm and glory of this street.  

 Opening Hours of Temple Street Night Market: 16:00 - Midnight

A. Take Subway Tsuen Wan Line and get off at  Jordan station Exit A. Turn right into Jordan Road and walk three blocks to Temple Street.
B. Take Subway Tsuen Wan Line and get off at Yau Ma Tei Station Exit C, walk along Man Ming Lane to Temple Street.

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