Temple Street Night Market

The Temple Street Night Market, with more and more stalls now open from 4pm but busiest from 7 to 10pm, is an entertaining place to spend an evening. Countless stalls sell clothing, watches, lighters, imitation designer handbags, sunglasses, sweaters, Chinese souvenirs, CDs, and more. The name of the game is bargaining. Be sure to follow Temple Street to its northern end past the overpass and around the carpark; in the vicinity of the Tin Hau Temple, you'll find palm readers, musicians, and street singers (who favor Cantonese operas and pop songs). Several of the palm readers speak English.

The edge of the market is also famous for its dai pai dong (Cantonese for "big rows of food stalls") that specialize in seafood. Fifty years ago, dai pai dong were where most Hong Kong families dined on an evening out, and they were found almost everywhere. Now the government has moved most food stalls into covered markets. The dai pai dong at this market are among the few that retain their original ambience. You'll find several under one roof at the Temple Street Food Store at the intersection of Temple Street and Public Square Street, where you can dine inexpensively on clams, shrimp, mussels, and crab, sitting at simple tables in the middle of the action.

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