A Maze of Streets – Mong Kok, Hong Kong

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Mong Kok is a town of signboards. A majority of it is filled up by old multi-storey buildings. The shops are competing with each other with its striking signboard over the door. This is the best place for me to have a deep dive into the locals’ life.

How to get to Mong Kok?

(1) Take the MTR to get to Mongkok station (Red line – Tsuen Wan Line).
(2) Get out of the station through Exit C3, which is linked directly to the shopping mall.

One of the Longest Escalators in Hong Kong

We first arrived at the Prince Edward area. It’s the northern part of Mong Kok. Lewis was pretty excited to show me the longest escalator in Langham Place.
“Why am I here to see an escalator?”
I responded to Lewis’ enthusiasm with resistance. It was true that it was a rare chance to take a 45-metre-long escalator.
“Wow…It’s quite scary.”
Lewis turned his eagerness to unease when the escalator started to go up. The height caused me angst. My anxiety raised when Lewis started to grab on to my top. Luckily, the speed of the escalator was relatively slow.
We walked around this shopping mall which comprises around 200 shops occupying 15 floors. The design of the shopping mall targets younger shoppers. It’s modern, stimulating and high-spirited. It was less crowded in Langham Place and we had a quiet time to look at some popular inexpensive brands.

OpenRice, a Hong Kong’s most popular food app

Almost everyone in Hong Kong knows about OpenRice. We downloaded OpenRice app since it’s the most popular dining app providing a guide to find places to eat. There are reviews given by locals. So, it’s pretty reliable.

There is a Sky Bar at the rooftop. I think this is a good place to have a quiet drink or a high-end dinner if you’re tired of Hong Kong street food. There are plenty of luxurious restaurants and pubs at the Sky bar overlooking the entire shopping mall.

We left the fancy Sky Bar and came to a café – “Xiao Tian Gu“. “Xiao Tian Gu” looks like a shop selling glasses. When we had a closer look, it served food and drinks too.



While sipping my peach passion fruit juice, I received a text from my friend. It was the escalator accident happened at Langham Place (he saw my Instagram picture). Apparently, there was a news about the escalator changing directions at high speed and causing injury to the visitors.

When I told Lewis about it, he shrugged. He admitted that he knew about the accident. He was afraid I would refuse to take the escalator if he told me earlier. I rolled my eyes in disbelief.

Getting Lost in A Maze of Streets

Leaving the shopping mall, we were ready to explore the streets. Mong Kok is a unique district brimming with lots of special streets and markets. It’s like a maze of streets. Throughout the years, Mong Kok still preserves the names of the streets resembling their characteristics.

Some interesting streets you can find in Mong Kok:

(1)Ladies’ Street (女人街) – This market sells women’s clothing, accessories, and cosmetics.

(2)Sai Yeung Choi Street South (西洋菜南街) – A street full of shops selling consumer electronic products, cosmetics, and discount books

(3) Hong Lok Street (雀仔街) – A street with booths selling birds.

(4) Sneakers Street (波鞋街) – A street fills with shops stocking a diversity of sports shoes. This is where you can buy rare or special editions of shoes.

(5) Flower Market Road (花墟道) – A street which is packed with florists and street vendors selling flowers and plants.

(6) Goldfish Street (金魚街) – There are dozens of shops and hawkers selling tropical freshwater and marine fish, aquariums and accessories.

Dancing under the Neon Lights

We spent most of our time at Ladies’ Market. Yes,  of course. We bought a wide angle lens for my iPhone 6. It sucks. Here, you get what you pay for. I spent about HKD30 for a wide angle lens with terrible quality. Oh well, what can I expect when I paid 20% of the usual market price.

Given that Mong Kok is Hong Kong’s most congested shopping and residential district, the best time to explore the streets is around 5-6pm. I learnt to compromise with its high population density.

We traversed the streets. When the night falls, the neon lights on the billboards overwhelm most of the streets and alleys. Soon, Mong Kok turns into a huge dancing club with hundred of disco lights.



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