Yau Ma Tei Fruit Market

Hong Kong Back Alleys

A Back Alley, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon, Kong Kong

Yau Ma Tei, or more lyrically known as the land of rope and fire, is an old district tucked into the heart of the kowloon peninsula, squished between trendy, flashy Mongkok and tourist-overrun, posh Tsim Sha Tsui. Among tourists, it’s mostly known as a gateway drug into the vast world of Asia’s night markets – the Temple Street night market offers a eclectic mix of electronic gadgets, cheap Chinese souvenirs (Mao bibles in capitalist Hong Kong, anyone?), sex toys, fortune tellers, seafood restaurants with sidewalk seating, …….

Yau Ma Tei also features a decently sized fruit market, mainly supplying the surrounding areas when it opens in the wee morning hours, or so I’ve told. On a slow summer afternoon at the market, as light shines between the ragged rafters a few market hawkers pass by, escorted by laid-back mutts and a pigeon or two.


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