I was at the mighty Mongkok Ladies Markets this week or as the locals call it “Wong Gog” – meaning ‘prosperous and crowded corner.’
Crowded is probably a slight understatement, given the Guinness World Records has named it the busiest district in the world….Yes! Just the planet!
Prosperous – most definitely not an understatement – with a brilliantly bedazzling array of colorful markets, shops and food stalls all competing for the shopping enthusiasts attention, it’s a sure bet there’s no shortage of money changing hands on this corner.
There are approximately 130,000 people squeezed like sardines into each and every square kilometer, making it one of the liveliest and most authentic places in Hong Kong.
Authentic in the sense that it showcases all the hallmarks of the city’s traditional Chinese culture — the same can’t be said for the myriad of Chinese wares brazenly on display.
It’s no secret, Hong Kong is flooded with fakes or ‘copies’ as they like to call them. From handbags to teabags, everything is produced in China, shipped over the border and sold at rock-bottom prices.
And who am I to complain!