While in the big town of Hong Kong, in between buildings and showcases of beautiful lights, one might wish for a little change, a bit more nature. Well you are in luck ! Hong Kong doesn’t just have some great markets for food but also some lovely ones to have a stroll around and relax. The fish market, flower market and the bird garden make for a great walk for a day off in the streets of Hong Kong and will surely make you relax for a while.
The Goldfish Market
It is funny how important fish tend to be in Asia. Everywhere in Vietnam and China people seem to have a few goldfish or a lot of them (some of my students claim to
have a few hundred which surely makes for an interesting sight). Sign of good luck maybe or just an easy pet to keep, Hong Kong is no exception in the love of those little animals. While you join the fish market, you’ll get to discover plenty of bags filled with different goldfish hanging around the street and the shops while people get a look at them and pick the one that pleases them the most.
I am used to tanks where you can go and have a look at fish but an entire street of bags filled with water and red, blue fish swimming in there, that was surely new ! Sure you can also find plenty of turtles and other animal shops but fish is the clear focus, and while this wouldn’t be a good enough reason to get you in this area, the combination with the rest of the markets makes it worth the short walk.
The Flower Market
Once you passed the numerous fish, follow the signs to the flower market. Beautiful orchids, lovely green plants and flowers of many colours, from modern creations to the old fashion style bouquet, they can all be found in the 2 streets that leads to the Bird Garden.
I don’t know for you but the beautiful smell of flowers tend to light up my spirit and the colours sure do a lovely trick on the eye. Purple, yellow, pink and so much green will surely makes you feel out of Hong Kong and in the middle of a forest. While not my favourite, it’s a part of the walk and a nice place to stroll around.
The Bird Garden
Now come the best part of those many markets (at least in my opinion), the fantastic Bird Garden. Once past the flower market you will easily spot the entrance to the garden. Enter and the noise of the cars will quickly be replaced by the sound of the hundreds of birds that populate this garden.
Parrots, colourful little birds, they are all around sold by local vendors. It’s got a little something of old China and the many wooden cages do add to this feeling.
Cages are washed often, the birds are singing and sometimes a little show might be on thanks to the parrots in the area. One of them did enjoy his little fan so much that he kept saying « Thank you » to the lady holding it for him.
Have a seat in the garden, walk around and completely forget you are in Hong Kong for the next hour before heading back with a few memories and (hopefully) no new bird or fish to bring home (I don’t think they’ll let you pass with them at the airport).
Hong Kong’s Markets in more details:
How to get to those Markets:
To reach the Goldfish market first and make your way through the 3 markets take the MTR to Prince Edward. Take the exit B2 and walk east along Prince Edward Road West. The markets are indicated all around and you should find your way easily.
If you only want to visit the Bird Garden then take the MTR to Prince Edward and take the exit B1 and walk towards Mongkok Stadium.
How much time should you take for this walk ?
A morning or an afternoon will surely be more than enough to discover those areas.
It can easily be planned with a visit of the Chi Lin Nunnery or Man Mo Temple.
Is it really worth visiting those Hong Kong’s Markets ?
While I would recommend it for market lovers like me, you might not be enjoying it as much as other areas of Hong Kong. Decide by yourself if you think that a market day is worth it in your schedule. To me I would pick markets over modern architecture. From the photos you should be able to make your mind up !
When is the best time to visit ?
Depending on the time of year you will be visiting Hong Kong you might want to adapt to the weather. In any case early morning or late afternoon are usually a great time to go around markets. People are there and it’s much more active. Weather wise, those times are also great to avoid too much heat and humidity (because no one likes to be sweating!)
Do you like markets ? Would you go around those in Hong Kong or have you already been ? Tell us everything in the comments !
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