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Hong Kong's Best Markets

Top Eight

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Hong Kong markets are an absolute must on any visit to the ex-colony. Bustling with life and color, they remain an everyday part of many locals life, and are also a great place to grab a bargain. We've got the eight best Hong Kong markets listed below, with a guide to what's on offer at each one.

1. Ladies Market

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Probably Hong Kong's most famous market, and one of the best for visiting tourists to soak up the hustle and bustle of a Chinese market. Despite the name, the markets sells clothes for men and women and plenty of cheap Chinese curios, as well as being one of the locations for Hong Kong's buzzing trade in copies and fakes. Tung Choi Street, Mongkok.

2. Temple Street Market

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A night market selling mostly gadgets and small electronic items, including a wide-range of second-hand mobile phones. The streets surrounding the market are transformed at night into one big, open-air restaurant, as street food sellers set tables for hungry shoppers. Temple Street, Mongkok.

3. Stanley Market

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Stanley market is Hong Kong market shopping for beginners. Geared towards tourists hunting for souvenirs, it doesn't have the rough and tumble of a real city market or the hardcore haggling. That's not to say it's not worth a visit, the Chinese styled gifts and I Love Hong Kong souvenirs are a good place to stock up for friends back home and it's a good place to test your bargaining skills before hitting a more intense market. Stanley Market Street, Stanley

4. Business Card Market

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A fascinating single lane, clogged with sellers of business cards and company chops. Hong Kong's business card market must be one of the most vibrant in the world, as everybody in the city has one. Bring your CD, or USB flash drive, give the seller your design, or let them design one for you, and you can have your cards made in a day or two. Man Wah Lane, Sheung Wan.

5. Cat Street

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Some claim this is an antiques treasure trove, others that it's one big flea market. Stalls sell jade, coins, posters and lots of old looking Chinese bits and pieces, although for the most part they were probably made yesterday in Guangdong. Upper Lascar Row, Sheung Wan.

6. Wan Chai Street Market

One of the biggest outdoor markets on Hong Kong Island, Wan Chai Street Market sells a variety of everything, from kids toys, to Chinese clothes, making it one big, low-cost department store. Locals still shop here and prices remain fair. Tai Yuen Street, Mongkok.

7. Golden Shopping Arcade

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Probably Hong Kong's best computer market, and there is plenty of competition, the Golden Arcade features hundreds of independent stores, flogging the best in computer technology at fairly low prices. Be prepared, the arcade is a maze and almost always packed, on top of that sellers can be aggressive. Check out our guide to buying electronics in Hong Kong, for some tips. Fuk Wa Street, Sham Shui Po

8. Costume Market

Hong Kong is a party town and this is its party market, featuring costumes for sale, masks, and various, more mundane, cheap accessories and jewelry. Packed during the run-up to Halloween. Wing-wo Street, Central.

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