The SpaceThis newly renovated apartment is ideal for a family or small groups of up to eight people. It has three bedrooms, each with a double bed. It also has a sofa bed. There is even a large living and dining area with a dining table that sits four. If you get hungry, you can try one of the many restaurants downstairs or prepare a small meal in our kitchen. Feel free to use the utensils and other equipment.
One of the best things about this space is the large amount of natural light. The flat is located on a higher floor of the building. The view is fairly unobstructed, so the sunlight streams right in.
There is another advantage to being higher above the street level. Mong Kok is one of Hong Kong’s liveliest districts. Higher floors are a bit more tranquil. You can feel like you are really getting away from the street commotion when you relax in our lovely apartment. Guest AccessGuests may access the entire space. However, please do not put anything in the external corridor that leads from the front door to the lifts. Other residents on the floor use this corridor to access their own flats. We do not wish to inconvenience them. Interaction with GuestsWe will provide you everything you need to access the flat on your first visit. We will also be on hand to repair any damage caused by usual wear and tear. Occasionally, my assistant or I might pop by to check on some things. Otherwise, we will be accessible by telephone. The NeighborhoodMong Kok is one of Hong Kong’s densest areas and is filled to the brim with all sorts of shops, dining options and supermarkets. You will find everything from shoes to electronics to cosmetics. Just downstairs is Tung Choi Street, the site of the Ladies’ Market, along which you will find many souvenir stalls and restaurants. And, just a few streets over is Sai Yeung Choi Street. It becomes a lively walking street with street performers on the weekends after 4pm.
Other markets in easy walking distance include the Flower and Bird Markets (north of Prince Edward Road West and west of Sai Yee Street), and the Goldfish Market (on Tung Choi Street north of Burd Street). The Bird Market has an amazing diversity of birds and bird products on sale. The Flower Market and Goldfish Markets are what the names suggest.
One MTR stop south is Yau Ma Tei, home to the Temple Street Night Market. The market opens in the late afternoon and stretches from south to north along Temple Street from Jordan Road to Man Ming Lane. It is filled with souvenir stalls and food options. Note that the night market is cut in two. The north half is past Kansu Street and the expressway. Make sure to look for Tin Hau Temple, one of the oldest temples in the neighborhood and a major landmark. It is north of the expressway. Yau Ma Tei is also home to the Jade Market. You will find it just north of Kansu Street under the expressway.
In Tsim Sha Tsui you will find the Kowloon Park, the Star Ferry and the best harbor view. It is a very busy neighborhood that is one of Hong Kong’s most diverse. It holds many small shops selling everything from luxury goods to suits to watches to electronics.
If you wish to get away from the markets and take in the neighborhood from on high, we recommend that you visit the ICC. It is the very tall building above Kowloon Station. You may visit the observation deck for a fee, or, if you are properly attired (no shorts or sandals), you may visit Ozone, the café located just below the observation deck. The view from the 118th floor is worth the trip.
All of these areas are densely populated. On the weekend, they can get very crowded. In particular, Mong Kok is popular among working class Hongkongers, especially younger ones. There is much to see, much to do, and much to eat. All you need to bring is some energy. Getting AroundFrom point A to point B:
MTR: The closest MTR station is Mong Kok Station (Exit E2), located just minutes from the flat. You may come out of Exit E2, walk up Nelson Street and turn right on Tung Choi Street, where the Ladies’ Market is located. From there, it is easy to get to the flat. The MTR will take you most places you wish to go. You may purchase single-journey tickets or an Octopus card for convenient local travel.
Bus: Buses going to many places run up and down Nathan Road. Note that buses require exact change or Octopus payment.
Taxi: There are plenty of taxis in this area. Flagfall is currently HK$22. Drivers almost always remember to use the meter, but do pay attention. Also, if you plan to travel longer distances by taxi, or plan to cross the harbor, be aware that passengers are responsible for toll payments. To estimate taxi fares, you may use a site such as (URL HIDDEN) Tolls are not calculated by this site.
Foot: We like to walk unless the distance is greater than that of one MTR stop. In general, most of the area is accessible by foot, although it does help to be in good health if you intend to rely on this mode of transport.
Rickshaw: Yes, that would be nice. But they do not exist anymore.
Getting to Major Tourist Sites:
Disneyland: You may reach it by taking the MTR’s red line toward Tsuen Wan until you reach Lai King. At Lai King, transfer to the orange line toward Tung Chung. Get off at Sunny Bay where you can transfer to the Disneyland Resort line.
Bug Buddha/Tai O: Take the MTR red line toward Tsuen Wan until you reach Lai King. At Lai King, transfer to the orange line toward Tung Chung. From Tung Chung Station, you can reach either destination by bus or, if heading to the Big Buddha, you may take the cable cars from Tung Chung to Ngong Ping.
Ocean Park: Citybus route 629 runs from the Central Star Ferry Terminal and from Admiralty MTR.
Stanley Market: From Exchange Square in Central, you may take busses 6, 6X or 260. Buses 6X and 260 also pass by Deepwater Bay and Repulse Bay, each of which has a beach.
Mainland Border: In case you are heading to Shenzhen, you may take the MTR East Rail Line. From this flat, it is easiest to walk to Mong Kok East Station (10 minutes). Walk east on Argyle Street until you reach the tracks. A stairway will bring you up to the platform level. From there, you can walk north to the station entrance.
Macau: Ferries depart frequently from the China Ferry Terminal on Canton Road in Tsim Sha Tsui and from the Macau Ferry Terminal in Sheung Wan on Hong Kong Island.
Outlying Islands: Ferries to Mui Wo on Lantau Island, Lamma Island, Cheung Chau and Peng Chau depart frequently from the row of piers next to the Central Star Ferry Pier. Ferries typically depart every half hour. Other Things to NoteThe apartment, including all bedding and towels, will be thoroughly cleaned before your arrival. If you'd like to have the apartment cleaned during your stay, please let me know and I can arrange it for an extra cost of HK$300.