If you thrive among crowds and lots of bright, glittering lights, you'll love Hong Kong's Mongkok district.
Ever see those photos of Hong Kong?
You know... the ones with all the neon signs and crowds of locals and tourists? Chances are that those pictures may have been taken in Mongkok, considered to be among the most densely populated areas on the planet!
Mongkok is notoriously known as the heartland of triad gangs. In the era that Hong Kong was part of the British Empire, the gweilos (foreign devils) rarely dared to venture here. Even today the area is home to triads, illegal gambling dens and sleaze but don't let this put you off visiting Mongkok since tourists are unlikely to be a target.
Situated in the heart of Kowloon, Mongkok (also written as Mong Kok) is busy day and night. After all, it's the city's largest shopping district
and is a favorite place for locals to hang out, especially teens and young adults. Most of the time, the streets are jammed with traffic and people on the sidewalk can hardly make their way down the streets.
Still, it's an exciting district that offers lots of shopping and dining opportunities. The specialized streets are especially fun to visit. For example, the Ladies Market, also known as Women's Street, sells items specifically for the female gender, including lots of clothes. There's also a Sports Shoe Street, Goldfish Street, and the Trend Zone, where young adults can find the latest in fashions, electronics, and much more.
Not to be missed is the Mongkok Computer Centre, several floors of computers, cell phones, and all the accessories that go with them. While it might be tough to buy a computer there and bring it home, it's a great place
to purchase small electronic items.
Another must see is the Flower Market, where locals and visitors can purchase myriad species of plants and colorful flowers. All the florists are centered in one area, making for an absolutely fragrant and stunning sight.
While there are some traditional sit-down type restaurants in Mongkok, much of what you'll find in the way of food is curbside "food booths" offering Hong Kong's version of fast food. These stalls are ideal for a quick bite and often the best alternative to fighting the crowds at the more traditional eateries situated along the streets on Mongkok.