Night market

(video) Night market in Hualien, Taiwan.

Night markets or night bazaars are street markets which operate at night and are generally dedicated to more leisurely strolling, shopping, and eating than more businesslike day markets.

Contents

Geographical spread

The most well-known night markets are those in Taiwan, but they also exist in other areas inhabited by ethnic Chinese such as Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Malaysia, China, Thailand, Philippines and Chinatowns worldwide.

Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia

Night markets are commonly known as Pasar Malam by the locals, which literally means night market, "pasar" being related to "bazaar" in Persian. A pasar malam is a street market in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia that opens in the evening, usually in residential neighbourhoods.[1]

It brings together a collection of stalls that usually sell goods such as fruit, vegetables, snacks, toys, clothes, movie discs and ornaments at cheap or at least reasonable prices. A pasar malam often takes place only one to a few days of the week, as the traders rotate around different neighbourhoods on different days of the week. Haggling over prices is a common practice at such markets.

Taiwan

Taiwan hosts numerous night markets in each of its major cities. The larger and more formal of these markets might take place in purpose-built marketplaces while smaller or more informal ones tend to occupy streets or roads that are normal thoroughfares by day. Although some of these markets are specialized (e.g., in certain types of food), most have a mixture of individual stalls hawking clothing, consumer goods, xiaochi (snacks or fast food), and specialty drinks. The atmosphere is usually crowded and noisy with hawkers shouting and fast-paced music playing over loudspeakers. Some individual vendors may take advantage of the informality of the market to offer counterfeit, pirated or grey market consumer goods. The night markets usually open around 6pm, and are busy until past midnight.

North America

Night markets are also hosted in various areas of North America to celebrate Chinese culture. Many Taiwanese-American student organizations host annual night market events to emulate the jovial atmosphere and celebrate the unique culture of night markets. In San Francisco, a large night market with almost 100 booths takes place every autumn Saturday in Chinatown's Portsmouth Square. In Vancouver, BC, large night markets take place every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from May to September in Chinatown, as well as in an industrial area near suburban Richmond, British Columbia's Golden Village; the Richmond Night Market features more than 400 booths and attracts in excess of 30,000 people per night (attendance in 2005 was almost two million). Night It Up! (formerly Toronto Night Market and Asian Night Market), has been and continues to be Power Unit Youth Organizations's flagship project, attracting tens of thousands to a two-day celebration of Asian food and culture in Markham, Ontario (attendance was over 60,000 in 2006).

See also

Further reading

  • Shuenn-Der Yu "Hot and Noisy: Taiwan's Night Market Culture" in The Minor Arts of Daily Life: Popular Culture in Taiwan David K. Jordan, Andrew D. Morris, and Marc L. Moskowitz, (eds.), Honolulu: Univ. of Hawai'i Press, 2004.

External links


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Night Market Life — 夜市人生 zh:File:NMLifeposter.jpg This poster includes Chen Meifeng, Morning Chang, Lei Hong, Xiao Dalu, Zhang Huanying, Jimmy Ni, Peng Chia chia, Lan Xinmei, Wang Shixian, Chiang Tsu ping and many others. Genre History Romance Format …   Wikipedia

  • Richmond Night Market — The Richmond Night Market has brought people all from over the world to this venue. Locals had often complained that Metro Vancouver is a boring city with little to do. The Richmond Night Market has been welcomed by locals and tourists alike for… …   Wikipedia

  • Shilin Night Market — The Shilin Night Market is a night market in the Shilin District of Taipei City, Taiwan, often considered to be the largest and most famous night market in the city. Like most night markets in Taiwan, the local businesses and vendors begin… …   Wikipedia

  • Feng Chia Night Market — (逢甲夜市) is located in the Xitun area in Taichung, next to Feng Chia University. It was claimed 陳翊中、邱景星、黃星若,全台灣最大夜市 一年吸金百億元,出自《今週刊》。2005年,第461期。 [http://news.yam.com/view/mkmnews.php/318644/1 蕃薯藤新聞] ] to be the largest night market in Taiwan.… …   Wikipedia

  • Donghuamen Night Market — photo Donghuamen Night Market is a night market located in the northern end of Wangfujing in Beijing, China. One can find a row of unusual food stalls. An array of Chinese food delicacies are on display with people bustling around to experience… …   Wikipedia

  • Liouho Night Market — The Liouho Night Market (六合夜市) is a tourism night market in Kaohsiung, and one of the great night markets in Taiwan.It s famous for its various choices of food and local dishes, which attract tourists from many countries.Multiple vendors and… …   Wikipedia

  • Raohe Street Night Market — The Raohe Street Night Market (traditional Chinese: 饒河街觀光夜市) is one of the oldest night markets in Songshan District, Taipei, the capital of Taiwan.It is located on Raohe Street, Taipei, near Shongshan Railway Station covering about 600 meters in …   Wikipedia

  • Dunhuang Night Market — is a night market held on the Dong Dajie in the city centre of Dunhuang, Gansu, China, popular with tourists during the summer months. Many souvenir items are sold, including such typical items as jade, jewelry, scrolls, hangings, small… …   Wikipedia

  • Night markets in Taiwan — Night market in Hualien, Taiwan. Night markets in Taiwan are street markets in Taiwan that operate in urban or suburban areas. They are similar to those in areas inhabited by ethnic Chinese, such as Southeast Asia. A few such as Huaxi Street… …   Wikipedia

  • night markets — (yeshi) Night markets mushroomed throughout China in 1980s due to the economic reform. While ‘market’ had been synonymous with ‘capitalist decadence’, the new policy unleashed the suppressed business instinct of the Chinese. Pedlars and stall… …   Encyclopedia of Contemporary Chinese Culture


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.