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A trip to the markets of Mong Kok.

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Today I went to the markets in Mong Kok. To get there I took the train to Prince Edward MTR and exited at exit B1. I used to go to Mong Kok a lot to visit the flower market when we lived in Fo Tan. It was actually a quick stop on my commute home, but I haven't been there for years. Not since we moved to Discovery Bay. Normally I would have gone to Mong Kok KCR Station which is now called Mong Kok East Station on the MTR. Prince Edward is very close to the markets, but as it was my first time of using this route, I must admit I initially went the wrong way. Oops! But I got there in the end.

The flower market is located on the appropriately named Flower Street and surroundings. It specializes in cut flowers and house plants. I used to go here in search of bonsai. On today's visit I noticed many many places seemed to be selling beautiful orchids. I also noticed several places which had signs up saying 'We welcome photography, enjoy your visit'. This came as a surprise. Actually even the shops that don't like people taking photos didn't seem to care. I guess because there are currently no tourists.

Welcome sign at the flower market.

Welcome sign at the flower market.

Mixed flower display.

Mixed flower display.

Bamboo.

Bamboo.

Arum Lilies.

Arum Lilies.

Flower Stall.

Flower Stall.

Flower Stall.

Flower Stall.

Flower Stall.

Flower Stall.

Orchids.

Orchids.

Orchids.

Orchids.

Carnations and Roses.

Carnations and Roses.

Bonsai.

Bonsai.

Orchids.

Orchids.

Orchids.

Orchids.

House Plants.

House Plants.

Carnations.

Carnations.

Roses.

Roses.

Flower Market viewed from Bird Market.

Flower Market viewed from Bird Market.

Flower Market viewed from Bird Market.

Flower Market viewed from Bird Market.

Orchids.

Orchids.

Catkins and Chrysanthemums.

Catkins and Chrysanthemums.

Sprouting vegetable tops.

Sprouting vegetable tops.

Flower Stall.

Flower Stall.

Just behind the Flower Market, sits the Bird Market. It occupies a rather beautiful building with circular windows, bird carvings and bird mosaics. This place sells birds and everything to do with birds: their food, their cages, their toys. People even come here to take their pet bird for a walk and surprisingly a few free birds swoop in to catch up on what's going on.

Bird Market viewed from Flower Market.

Bird Market viewed from Flower Market.

Bird Market viewed from Flower Market.

Bird Market viewed from Flower Market.

Bird Market viewed from Flower Market.

Bird Market viewed from Flower Market.

Circular Window.

Circular Window.

Bird Mosaic

Bird Mosaic

Bird Mosaic.

Bird Mosaic.

Bird Mosaic.

Bird Mosaic.

Bird Painting.

Bird Painting.

Bird Carving.

Bird Carving.

Cages.

Cages.

Cages.

Cages.

Cages.

Cages.

Some are freer than others.

Some are freer than others.

Cages.

Cages.

Cages.

Cages.

Cages.

Cages.

Cages .

Cages .

Cages.

Cages.

Cages.

Cages.

Cages.

Cages.

Taking your bird for a walk..

Taking your bird for a walk..

Taking your bird for a walk.

Taking your bird for a walk.

Bird Food.

Bird Food.

Parrots.

Parrots.

Bird Market.

Bird Market.

Parrots.

Parrots.

After leaving the Bird Market, I headed to Fa Yuen Street - also known as Ladies Market. This market mainly deals in clothes, though I noticed a few fruit stalls, too. I won't buy here as the sizes are tiny, suitable for petite Cantonese ladies, not big fatties like me. Fa Yuen Street is largely just across the road from the Flower Market.

Ladies' Market.

Ladies' Market.

Ladies' Market.

Ladies' Market.

Now what shall I choose?

Now what shall I choose?

Out Shopping.

Out Shopping.

Which Ribbon?

Which Ribbon?

Bags and Stuff.

Bags and Stuff.

Out Shopping.

Out Shopping.

Out Shopping.

Out Shopping.

Out Shopping.

Out Shopping.

Colourful Fruit Stall.

Colourful Fruit Stall.

Colourful Fruit Stall.

Colourful Fruit Stall.

Colourful Fruit Stall.

Colourful Fruit Stall.

And finally I headed one street along to Tung Choi Street also known as Goldfish Street. It could just as well be called Pet Street as they also sell dogs, cats and rabbits. I noticed you weren't allowed to take photos of the dogs. I felt sorry for them. They looked rather cramped and unloved, tempting to buy one just to look after it.

Fish, fish and more fish.

Fish, fish and more fish.

Fish,fish and more fish.

Fish,fish and more fish.

Bags of Fish.

Bags of Fish.

Tanks of Fish.

Tanks of Fish.

More tanks of fish.

More tanks of fish.

Fish Shop.

Fish Shop.

Colourful Fish.

Colourful Fish.

Colourful Fish.

Colourful Fish.

Bags of Fish

Bags of Fish

Colourful Fish.

Colourful Fish.

Which fish?

Which fish?

Bags of Fish

Bags of Fish

Tanks of fish

Tanks of fish

Colourful Fish

Colourful Fish

Colourful Fish.

Colourful Fish.

Which fish?

Which fish?

Frogs.

Frogs.

Frogs.

Frogs.

Why do fish shop cats look so well fed?

Why do fish shop cats look so well fed?

Why do fish shop cats look so well fed?

Why do fish shop cats look so well fed?

Plants for your aquarium.

Plants for your aquarium.

Cuddly Bunnies.

Cuddly Bunnies.

Being Christmas Eve I thought everywhere would be so crowded but it really wasn't too bad till I hit Sunny Bay and my usually quiet bus home which had the queue from hell.

Where's my bus?

Where's my bus?

Posted by irenevt 14:32 Archived in Hong Kong

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What an nice way to spend the afternoon! Beautiful photos! :)

by hennaonthetrek

Thanks Henna. I hope you had a lovely Christmas. Yes the markets are an entertaining place to spend a few hours.

by irenevt

What a fun day . . . except for the bus home. I loved all the gorgeous flowers. Felt a bit sorry for the pets though.

by Beausoleil

Happy Christmas, Sally. Yes it can be cramped for the animals. Some of the birds are in fairly small cages. Cats were pretty healthy though they weren't for sale.

by irenevt

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