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Markets in Hong Kong

Bird Market

Mong Kok

At the end of the Flower Market Street where it turns right to become Po Yuen Street, you’ll see a sign for the Bird Market. Go through the red wrought-iron gates. You can buy birds prized for their plumage, singing or fighting skills from all over the world. You can also pick up ornately carved birdcages and bird food like live grasshoppers. Although it remains open, the threat of bird flu has left the Bird Market practically empty of visitors.

Cat Street Bazaar

Sheung Wan

Cat Street Bazaar is located on Upper Lascar Row. The market has shops selling high-quality antiques, and others offering reproductions. It’s also jam-packed full of stalls offering fun Mao watches and memorabilia, ‘lucky’ Chinese coins and other trinkets.

Flower Market

Mong Kok

The Flower Market is really a street lined with flower shops that have their blooms in buckets neatly arranged to cover half the pavement. There is a fantastic range of flowers and plants, from the ordinary to the exotic. You can find curving canes of bamboo, carnivorous plants and potted plants here too. There are also shops selling the usual flower arranging equipment and a variety of vases. The market is favoured by the catering and hotel industries because of the range, but also because it’s probably the cheapest place to buy flowers in the territory. Most of the flowers are brought in from mainland China’s flower centre, Kunming, and, compared to their European counterparts, they are sold at a fraction of the price.

Gage Street Wet Market

Central District

Roughly bordered by Queen’s Road Central to the south, Hollywood Road to the north, Aberdeen Street to the west and Cochrane Street to the east, lies an area of narrow roads, some closed to traffic, but each packed with market stalls specialising in different food products or cooking utensils. If you take a wander down Gage Street, one of the central axes of this maze of market stalls, you will see local shoppers from all walks of life buying meat, fish and vegetables. Fish swim around in plastic buckets while housewives haggle over the price of dried cuttlefish. The Gage Street market is one of many such fresh food markets that can be found in residential areas of the city. Some of these wet markets have come under fire for being unsanitary; so while you may choose not to buy produce here, they are certainly interesting places to look around.

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