Hong Kong’s go-to market for after-sunset street shopping unveiled more than 30 new food stalls in a bid to draw visitors back to the once-bustling tourist attraction. Temple Street Night Market now has 22 food booths and 10 traditional snack stalls that will be open from 2pm to 11pm every day, until June 14, 2024. The market’s new look is part of the government’s Night Vibes Hong Kong to revive the city’s nightlife.

The new stalls at Temple Street Night Market sell Hong Kong-style snacks and desserts.

The new section of the market occupies a 100-metre stretch between Jordan Street and Nanking Street, where visitors will come across stalls selling a wide range of Hong Kong-style snacks, from curry fish balls and siu mai, to fish maw and dim sum. Foodies can also sample food from Pakistan, Southeast Asia, and Turkey. Those with a bit of a sweet tooth can check out Hong Kong sweets like Ding Ding candy, put chai ko, and dragon beard candy.

Visitors to the market can try out food from across the world as well.

There are other new attractions, most notably the light installations, artworks, and wall projections set up across the market that reference symbols of Hong Kong — pawn street signs, mahjong, and spicy crabs. In addition, the neighbouring Tin Hau Temple at Yung Shue Tau will extend its opening hours until 10pm every Saturday, and there are plans to extend the Temple Street Night Market to Yung Shue Tau Park by adding photo spots and decorations.

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The additional stalls at Temple Street Night Market were supposed to open in November, but were instead unveiled on December 15. Temple Street’s new look is inspired by the Shilin Night Market — the largest and most famous night market in Taiwan. 

Hong Kong is also opening up other attractions in a bid to boost local and international tourism. Next month, the territory’s northernmost town, the Frontier Closed Area of Sha Tau Kok, will fully open to all visitors. In addition, the government recently greenlit a trial programme by which visitors can undertake group tours of certain parts of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge.

Image credits: Hong Kong Tourism Board

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From the Middle East to the Far East and a couple of places in between, Anjali has lived in no fewer than seven cities in Asia, and has travelled extensively in the region. She worked as a lifestyle journalist in India before coming to Hong Kong, where her favourite thing to do is island-hopping with her daughter. You can check out her musings on motherhood, courtesy her Instagram profile.

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