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“Not just markets....a diverse neighbourhood” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Yaumatei

Kowloon, Hong Kong, China
852 2807 6543
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Ranked #96 of 409 attractions in Hong Kong
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Neighborhoods
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“Not just markets....a diverse neighbourhood”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

This part of Kowloon just down from the main tourist drag of Tsim Sha Tsui / Jordan is a combination of residential / commercial buildings, alleys filled with traditional shops and a couple retail complexes. You can stay at a few hotels in the area but mostly it is home to one of Hong Kong’s' most famous tourist streets – Temple St - located off Nathan Rd between Jordan and Ya Ma Tei.

This street is the way we would go to get further down towards Mongkok. Here you can get that odd bargain for 'her' and basic men’s fashion for 'him' - commonly referred to as ‘Men's Street'. If you have an upcoming celebration to shop for then Shanghai St has all things to do with kitchen and wedding dresses!

We walk a lot in Kowloon and the distance down Nathan Rd or Temple St to Ya Ma Tei is quite a few blocks - the MTR/bus will be a lot quicker although you will miss out on the eclectic atmosphere. The further you go, the more intrinsically localised it becomes with people and traffic clogging this diverse neighborhood.

Colourful neon signs continually divert your eyes - even if you can’t read them, they still look great. Restaurants can be found here, however not as many to choose from until getting closer towards Mongkok. If you want to experience the local way of life, it begins here and continues way past Prince Edward and beyond.

Enjoy your experience!

Visited May 2013
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“Kitchenware and Night Market!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

There are at least 2 things you should do when you are in the area of Yau Ma Tei. If you are into kitchenware (whether you are a professional chef or home cook), you will be able to find every possible kind of chef knives and cleavers, small or large, sharpening stones, bamboo steaming containers, to all sorts of strainers for every kind of ingredients, pans and boiling pots, woks, even cookie cutters. Go to Shanghai Street at the blocks of 100 to 400 (between Gascoigne Road and Waterloo Road.)

Temple Street Night Market is where you will find all sorts of small cheap items (about 20% cheaper than those at Ladies Market) like electric plugs, calendars, toys, clothes. Quality may not be as good as those in Ladies Market or Fa Yuen Street. Sprinkling along were small hot pot places (more expensive than some but gives you the traditional feel) and dessert places.

If you choose to stroll along the major Nathan Road, you will find all sorts of clothing stores (more shopping.)

Visited January 2013
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“Fusion of ancient and modern”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

In yaumatei you can visit a theatre that was built pre World war II (1930), a red brick house that was built earlier, in 1895, a police station built in 1922, a temple that was built even earlier, in 1865, a fruit market that was built a hundred years ago, (1913), all these are Grade I, II or III historic buildings. you can also find a jade market. In temple street you can find the trendiest fashion and accessories. but you must go at different hours of the day, go to temple street after 5pm but for the other sites go during day time.

Visited March 2013
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“Come here for the Jade Market during day time and Temple Street at night”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

There is a big jade market in this area during day time but be extremely careful and watch out for fake goods and be ready to bargain hard. I prefer the night time more - the Temple Street is a night market full of cheap and funny stuffs, local food stalls, fortune telling, Chinese style street performers.... that all tourists should find interesting. Again, be ready to bargain.

Visited January 2013
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“Lovely area”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

Our hotel is located at yau Ma Tei area and at first I was upset as it was quite a distance to Tsim Tsa Tsui or other fancy area but this area kinda grows on you. So many lovely things like Temple Street night market, Jade market and the MTR station is 5 min walk from the hotel.

Visited December 2012
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