This morning's walk around Hong Kong Island (Hong Kong Park and then a visit to the Umbrella Revolution in Admiralty) was a rather leisurely affair. Not quite the hustle and bustle I expected of Hong Kong. It's time to jump into the deep end and try my hand at an evening in Mong Kok. According to the Guinness Book of Records Mong Kok is the busiest place on earth with a population density of 130,000 people per square kilometre or 340,000 per square mile. That sure is a lot of people. And I don't like people.
On my Mong Kok to-do list are a few places of interest, namely the Ladies Market, the Flower Market, the Goldfish Market and the Yuen Po Street Bird Garden. No, I'm not in the mood for some ladies clothing. Nor am I in the market for a goldfish. But supposedly these are the places to visit in Mong Kok.
I start this evening's walk from my hotel on the corner of Shanghai Street and Wing Sing Lane, Yau Ma Tei and head in a northerly direction on Shanghai Street towards Mong Kok. Not many crowds along here, busy, a few prostitutes selling their wares, but not overwhelming (the crowds that is, I make no judgement on the quality of the prostitutes). Population density soon changed when I hit Dundas Street, headed east and then turned back in a northerly direction along Tung Choi Street, the so called Ladies Market.
I knew that Mong Kok was going to be busy, but I didn't expect what I found. It was insane! People were everywhere and you could hardly get away for a moments peace. I was like a leaf in a stream, I couldn't stop, so I just went with the flow. The inability to stop for a second meant I hardly took any pictures at all. I did manage to snap one in the Ladies Market when I wasn't surrounded by hordes of shoppers.