Code: HKG17
1-Day Kowloon Independent Tour
Hong Kong is an English friendly tourist city, so it is surely doable for independent travelers to develop a tour to local markets and temples. Here's an itinerary of Kowloon, one of the most prosperous area of Hong Kong.

Tour Route: Jade Market - Yau Ma Tei Wet Market - Yuen Po Street Bird Garden - Wong Tai Sin Temple
A local market
The Jade Market is located at the intersection of the Kansu Street and Battery Street in Kowloon, near the Yau Ma Tei MTR Station of Tsuen Wan Line and Kwun Tong Line. You can reach the market by getting out from Exit C of Yau Ma Tei Station; walk south along Nathan Road for 400 yards, and then turn west to Kansu Street for another 250 yards' walking forward.

It is the largest flea market for jade wares in Hong Kong, with about 400 vendors in business. The jade products are in great variety, including pendants, necklaces, bracelets, rings, and carved sculptures. The price varies widely according to different standards, and you can surely bargain with the shop owners as most of them can have simple conversation in English. It's a sophisticated skill to discern the fake one from the genuine. Unless you have some jade experts in accompany, it is suggested to purchase cheap gadgets as souvenirs instead of high-priced jade. By the way, the opening time of the market is during 10:00 - 17:00.
Getting out of the Jade Market, you can extend your independent Kowloon tour to the Yau Ma Tei Wet Market, which can be reached by walking a few steps east along the Kansu Street. It is one of the best places to experience the native Hong Kong residents' daily life. It is a general bazaar for fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, seafood, and convenience stores. There is a lane lined with various vendors and hawkers busy with their business. Wandering slowly, you may stop to buy some fruits or taste fresh juice. There are also many small restaurants, where you can have local dishes for lunch.

After that, continue strolling east along the Kansu Street for 250 yards, and turn south for 200 yards' walking to Ning Po Street Yau Ma Tei bus stop. There you can take bus No. 203C to Queen Elizabeth School. Once alighted, walk north along the Sai Yee Street to Prince Edward Road West, and the Yuen Po Street Bird Garden is just about 300 yards to the east of the crossing. It is a bird-themed park filled with chirps of different birds. It is not only a place for dealers to sell birds, cages, and fodders, but also a site for bird fans to exchange aviculture experience. After strolling around the Bird Garden, you can also drop by the largest flower market of Hong Kong, on the west.
Wong Tai Sin Temple
Afterwards, walk west along Prince Edward Road West for 600 yards to the Prince Edwards MTR Station. There you should take Kwun Tong Line, via 4 stops, to Wong Tai Sin Station. Please get out from Exit B2 or B3 and you will be at the entrance of Wong Tai Sin Temple. First built in 1921, Wong Tai Sin Temple, a Taoist place, is one of the most renowned cultural attractions in Kowloon. In the temple, the immortal Huang is enshrined along with Confucius, a great ancient ideologist and scholar, and Sun Simiao, a traditional medical master. It is said that local people believe it efficacious to draw lots for fortunetelling, so the temple is always in a busy scene. Especially on every lunar New Year's Day, people would fall over each other to offer incense to the gods and consult fortune-tellers. By the way, the temple is free of charge for entry.

Your one-day independent tour in Kowloon ends here, and you can still use the Kwun Tong Line to leave the temple.
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