Mong Kok is a busy and vibrant area in Hong Kong, and is a great place to visit. It is conveniently located and easily accessible by the MTR. The area is a labyrinth of streets full of life. In the evenings due to crowds of locals and tourists, many streets become completely pedestrian, and visitors can see the hustle and bustle of this vibrant area. Thousands of people strolling along the streets and hundreds of neon lights enhance the beauty of Mong Kok, especially at night. By visiting the area, tourists will be tempted to try out on Chinese dishes and snacks. There are a lot of eatery locations, fast food corners and snack joints in different corners of the area.
Most people who have been in Mong Kok characterize it as an excellent place for shopping. If you love to shop, it is definitely one of the places that you will always be inclined to visit in Hong Kong. The area has a huge amount of shopping spots along the streets and shops on the first floors of the buildings where tourists and locals can purchase almost any item at a highly competitive price.
What To Do & See
Shopping, shopping and shopping again! Mong Kok has a number of shopping streets, open markets and shopping malls. Most of them are within a short walk from the Mongkok MTR station. Get out of the station through exit E2 and turn left. Walk a little and you are on the Sai Yeung Choi Street South. This street is a popular place to buy electronics, such as cell phones, photo and video accessories, laptops. Further to the east, parallel to the Sai Yeung Choi Street, is the Tung Choi Street. It is home to the most famous open market in Mong Kok, the Ladies Market. The market represents itself over 400 meters of street stalls between Argyle and Dundas Streets. Visitors can buy here women and men clothes, souvenirs, bags, some leather goods, toys, fake watches and so on at bargain prices. Most stalls sell more or less the same goods, but the price varies from a vendor to a vendor. Try your bargaining skills. The next parallel street is the Fa Yuen Street, which is full of shops selling sports clothes, shoes and sports equipment.
There are three thematic markets near the Prince Edward Road. Located just a few steps away from Royal Plaza Hotel, the Flower Market is a colorful street on the Flower Market Road. It contains several tens of shops selling a wide selections of flowers and houseplants. Mong Kok also boasts of the Bird Market, which attracts many tourists visiting Hong Kong. The market has a number of stalls with a wide variety of beautiful birds, especially songbirds. These birds are usually for sale to locals. Further to the west at a short distance away, almost at the junction of Nathan and Prince Edward Roads, on the Tung Choi Street is the Goldfish Market. It specialises on sale of aquarium fish, a forage and aquarium supplies. It has a wide variety of exotic fish, corals, turtles and other aquatic inhabitants of all shapes, sizes and colors.
Also, there are several shopping malls and centers in the area. Langham Place is a commercial complex which includes a hotel, a office tower and a shopping mall. The mall comprises around 200 retail outlets. The Mongkok Computer Centre on the Nelson Street (between Tung Choi Street and Fa Yuen Street) houses a large number of shops selling laptops, hardware, software and computer accessories.
The easiest way to get around the city is Hong Kong MTR. It is fast, inexpensive, with the convenient navigation in trains and on stations. There are several stations in the Mong Kok area. The Mongkok MTR station is located at the junction of the Argyle Street and the Nathan Road. It is only 3 MTR stops from Tsim Sha Tsui and 4 stops from Hong Kong Island. In the northern part is the Prince Edward MTR station. Both stations are part of the MTR Tsuen Wan and Kwun Tong Lines. Also, there is the Mong Kok East MTR station in the eastern part of the area.
How to get to the Mong Kok area from the Hong Kong International Airport.
Taxi is one of the most popular ways to and from the Hong Kong International Airport. It is fast, comfortable and offers point-to-point travel. The taxi rank is located outside the Arrival Hall on the left side. Follow the direction signs. The estimated fare is HK$220-230 plus HK$5 for each piece of luggage stored inside the baggage compartment, and each piece of luggage with total dimensions (length + width + height) exceeding 140cm stored inside the cabin. The journey time is about 30-40 minutes. The fare and time depend on traffic conditions. Hong Kong taxi drivers know all the major hotels, but it is a good idea to note the address of your hotel or destination point on a piece of paper.
Also, visitors to Hong Kong may take the Airport Express train. The journey to Kowloon station costs HK$90 and takes 21 minutes. The trains run every 10 minutes from 5:50am to 1:15am daily. There are discounts up to 40% for those who travel in a group or family. HK$140 for a group of 2, HK$190 for a group of 3 and HK$220 for a group of 4. Then take a taxi or Free Airport Express Shuttle Bus to your hotel or destination point.
Take the shuttle bus K5 to the following hotels:
Metropark Hotel Kowloon
Royal Plaza Hotel
The cheapest way is the Airport Bus. The bus stop (Ground Transportation Centre) is located outside the Arrival Hall on the right side. Follow the direction signs. The Mong Kok area is serviced by the Cityflyer Route A21. Take the Citybus A21 and get off at stops #5-8 depending of your destination point. The fare is HK$33 and the journey takes about 45-55 minutes depending on traffic conditions. The buses run daily from 6:00am till midnight with a frequency 10-20 minutes. The buses have plenty of luggage space and come with a display on the upper deck, which announces in advance an upcoming bus stop in English and Chinese. The bus stops are shown on the map below.
|Mong Kok hotels and bus stops of A21 route nearby|
|Hotel||Stars||Bus stop #|
|Ah Shan Hostel||6|
|Caritas Lodge Hong Kong||5|
|Geo-Home Holiday Hotel||5|
|Golden Palace Hotel of Hong Kong||6|
|Harbour Hotel||7, 8|
|Hotel 36 Hong Kong||5|
|Langham Place Hotel||7|
|Metropark Hotel Kowloon||7, 8|
|Metropark Hotel Mongkok||5|
|Oriental Lander Hotel||5|
|Pop Hotel||7, 8|
|Royal Plaza Hotel||5|
|Sunny Day Hotel Mongkok||7|
|The Anne Black - YWCA Hotel||7, 8|
Hotels marked with gray color are at a distance of more than 400 meters from the bus stop.
Note: This information is for reference only and is subject to change without prior notice.