Lonely Planet Writer

Hong Kong's most visited tourist spot isn't what you'd think....

When you think of popular tourist attractions in Hong Kong, your mind probably goes to places like Victoria Park, Lantau Island, Avenue of Stars and even Hong Kong Disneyland. It may surprise you to learn from new data released by TripAdvisor however, that Mong Kok’s lively Ladies’ Market was actually the most visited attraction during March in this autonomous territory of China.

The Mong Kok Ladies Market in Hong Kong, China. Image: Richlegg
The Mong Kok Ladies Market in Hong Kong, China. Image: Richlegg

The Ladies’ Market was deemed the top attraction for tourists and locals in March based on mobile GPS location “check-in” data. Victoria Peak came second and Hong Kong Disneyland came third, but it was the open-air market of more than 1000 stalls that took the crown. The shopper’s paradise first opened in the 1970s, and is located along four blocks of Tung Choi Street.

It’s called the Ladies’ Market as it began life selling mainly women’s clothes and accessories, but has diversified over the years to include everything from souvenirs and leather goods to mobile phone accessories and electronics. It is known for always having the latest gadgets, so naturally fidget spinners are doing a roaring trade at present. There is no set price for items, so visitors need to be prepared to haggle with stallholders for a bargain.

The Mong Kok Ladies Market in Hong Kong, China. Image: Lane Oatey/Blue Jean Images
The Mong Kok Ladies Market in Hong Kong, China. Image: Lane Oatey/Blue Jean Images

Incidentally, research released in 2017 by Euromonitor International listed Hong Kong as the most popular city in the world for international tourists with 26.69 million visiting in 2016. On that basis, the Ladies’ Market would appear to be the most popular attraction in the most popular city – no mean feat for a humble street market.