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Cantonese Opera at Temple Street

Outside the main Temple Street Night market, but still inside Temple Street but just outside the Tin Hau Temple itself, and around the corner from the fortune tellers, is the Opera Singing area.

Cantonese Opera is a unique singing style with its own musical system which is quite different from other types of music. Here in Temple Street enthusiastic amateur signers congregate to practice and perform. Although they may collect donations they are not really busking but are mostly there to encourage and develop their hobby.

You will see amateurs of all levels of skill, from the quite basic to professional quality. In the past some singers from Temple Street have gone on to have professional careers in Opera and other forms.

Performances can be heard from around 8:30pm until 11:00 most nights, but not including Wednesday as this is Horse Race Day.

Temple Street Gallery

Vibrant sight by day and night


Get to the Night Market

Visitors and locals alike congregate in the evenings in Hong Kong's last remaining Night Market. The Night Market at Temple Street has been a fixture of the Jordan/Yau Ma Tei district since at least the 1920s and probably before.

Today it boasts market stalls with fashions and accessories, seafood and claypot rice in traditional Dai Pai Dong restaurants, fortunetellers and tarot card readers, and Cantonese Opera singers. Nowhere else in Hong Kong is such an interesting cross section of Hong Kong culture, cuisine, commerce and society to be found.


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