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YAU MA TEI

Yau Ma Tei is an area in the Yau Tsim Mong district. It was one of the first areas to be developed after the British acquired Kowloon in 1860.

Eatery in Yau Ma Tei
One of the most famous street in Yau Ma Tei area is Shanghai Street, which is one of the oldest streets in Hong Kong. Many of the buildings were built long ago and some of the shops have existed for decades.
Eatery in Yau Ma Tei

Yau Ma Tei is one of the older more colourful areas of Hong Kong. Busy, crowded, with a very Chinese urban feel with open-air markets, temples and lively activity.

Typical Hong Kong grocery shops are opening until very late in the night.
Grocery shop in Yau Ma Tei
Grocery shop in Yau Ma Tei
Beggar
Beggars are also more frequent in Tsim Sha Tsui than in other parts of the town. Actually some people are controlled by a gang of beggars. They recruited old people from China to come to Hong Kong with three month visas in order to beg.
Beggar
Yau Ma Tei is a mix of residential and retail construction. It is a high density residential zone with many old stand-alone buildings.
Yau Ma Tei buildings
Yau Ma Tei buildings


Red light neon
As the night comes, brilliant lights from sauna bathrooms filled out some streets in Yau Ma Tei.
Red light neon
Yau Ma Tei district is old-style Hong Kong including a red-light aspect with karaoke, disco...
Red light neon
Red light neon
Red light neon
Hong Kong government tried to tackle the brothels by banning suggestive billboards and signs that display advertisement over the streets. Operators are now using a system of colour fluorescent lights to be more discreet.
Red light neon
Many brothels in Yau Ma Tei and Mongkok are disguised as "karaoke bars".
Red light neon
Red light neon
Mahjong parlor
The most common types of gambling among youngsters were mahjong and card games as well as Mark Six and soccer betting.
Mahjong parlor
This area is famous for karaoke boxes, massage parlors, brothels, discos and bars where young Chinese girls and boys hang around.
Red light neon
Red light neon
Dispensary
Most famous Hong Kong Dispensaries are Watson's and Mannings.
Dispensary


Temple street market is a worldwide famous night market, open from 4pm to midnight daily.

Temple Street is featuring rows of brightly lit stalls hawking a variety of inexpensive items for men and women.

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Temple Street Night Market
Temple Street Night Market
Temple Street Night Market
Stalls are selling goods including clothing, pens, watches, CDs, cassettes, electronic gadgets, designer bag copies, hardware and luggage.
Temple Street Night Market
Temple Street Night Market includes many goods from China. Bargaining is mandatory.
Temple Street Night Market
Temple Street Night Market
Temple Street Night Market
Selling designer bag copies or fake watches copies is forbidden in Hong Kong so vendors may just show a catalogue for tourists to select.
Temple Street Night Market
Temple Street Night Market is one of the liveliest night markets in Kowloon.
Temple Street Night Market
Temple Street Night Market
Temple Street Night Market
Temple Street is named after the Tin Hau Temple.
Temple Street Night Market
Around the square in front of Yau Ma Tei Tin Hau Temple, there is a night market. Many stalls are selling traditional Chinese antiques, jade and toys.

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Street Market
Street Market

Every night there is a market selling many different kinds of "made in china" products including clothes, bags, accessories, VCD and toys in Temple Street.

Night Market
Around the square in front of Yau Ma Tei Tin Hau Temple, there is a night market. Every night there is a market selling many different kinds of products including antiquities, jade, souvenirs, decorations, VCD and toys.
Night Market
Many astrologers outdoor stalls can be found around Market Street in Yau Ma Tei.
Astrologer on Market Street
Astrologer on Market Street

Around the Tin Hau temple, visitors can see fortune tellers and professional Chinese chess players.

Astrologer on Market Street
Fortunetellers lure passerby with the temptation to read their future. This can be done by palm or face reading.
Astrologer on Market Street
The public square in front of the Yau Ma Tei Tin Hau temple is always busy day and night.
Street hairdresser
Street hairdresser
Amateur Chinese Opera performers
Amateur Chinese Opera performers sing on every corner. They performed most nights along the darkened alley south of the temple. It is free to listen, but there is a charge to take a photograph.
Amateur Chinese Opera performers
The public square in front of Tin Hau temple is a favorite gathering place for Chinese chess players.
Chinese chess players
Chinese chess players
Chinese chess players
Professional chess players can gather together until very late beside their kerosene lamps.
Chinese chess players
Every night there is a market on Temple Street selling many different kinds of products targeted for tourists.
Temple Street Market
Temple Street Market
Temple Street Market
During daytime, Temple Street is opened to cars. Stalls are closed and it is quite quiet. Animation starts evening time.
Temple Street Market


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