Most stalls close between about 11-30pm and midnight. GETTING THERE – MTR to either Jordan or Yau Ma Tei.
From Jordan MTR Station take exit A and at the top of the steps at street level turn right along Jordan Road and Temple Street is the third street on the right.
GETTING THERE – Buses 6, 6A, 6X and 260 from Exchange Square Bus Station, in Central on Hong Kong Island provide a frequent service and stop outside Stanley Plaza, about 8 minutes walk from the market and Stanley Village Bus Terminus, about 3 minutes walk from the market. Number 6 service is a popular tourist route which provides a scenic journey.
Also, bus 66 (weekday peak hours service only) from Exchange Square Bus Station terminates at Stanley Plaza, about 8 minutes walk from the market via escalators down through the plaza to the waterfront.
The market comprises mostly walk-in shops in narrow alleyways which spill out onto to the pavement during opening hours by putting stalls out in front.
Whilst most shops allow bargaining, discounts are usually not on the same scale as some other street markets in Hong Kong.
Since the 1920's local residents had gathered under the shade of a large banyan tree in front of the temple, which soon attracted hawkers and local performers such as opera singers and martial arts exponents.
In 1968, a site by the temple was given over by the government to the increasing number of hawkers, and was divided into stalls each measuring 3' x 4'.
Performances are free for casual bystanders although donations are requested and each group usually has a sitting area close to the performers, popular with photographers, for which a small charge.
Cantonese opera performances do not usually take place when there is night racing at Happy Valley.
The market starts about 150 metres down the street.
From Yau Ma Tei MTR Station take exit C and at the top of the steps at street level turn left along Mang Ming Lane and Temple Street is the second street on the left.
Here nobody expects to pay anything like the marked prices and it is quite normal to "bargain" down to half the asking price.