Spend a Half Day Touring Hong Kong’s Unique Street Markets
By Phin Upham
Street markets are a long tradition in China, and they can be lively and bustling shopping centers. Most of these places are selling souvenirs and small goods, but a few are selling truly unique items. Some of these trades have grown into massive sub-markets within these thriving street bazaars. Set out for half a day and enjoy the food, sights, sounds and bargains of these three unique Hong Kong street markets.
City life can be overwhelming, and Hong Kong is densely populated. It’s an incredible place, but even the hardened city dweller can crave a respite. Aside from the many gardens in Hong Kong, take a tour of the Flower Market in Mongkok. The color is what stands out the most, but the smells quickly wash over you. The Flower Market is a beautiful place to find some of the most exotic plants in the world for sale.
Looking for a bit of luck in your life? Why not raise a goldfish? Chinese people believe these shiny swimmers bring excellent luck, so they tend aquariums at home to nurture them. The Goldfish market isn’t simply row after row of the little guys, there are plenty of exotic fish to be found. You might even come across a few saltwater setups (complete with coral).
More garden than market, the Bird Market is a wonderful way to start or end your day. Chinese men keep birds as they get older, and carry them out for walks in the park. The Bird Market is a source for live bird food (crickets) and accessories for tending to them. Foreigners will enjoy the opportunity to hear the birds sing, and maybe even feed a few.
About the Author: Phin Upham is an investor at a family office/ hedgefund, where he focuses on special situation illiquid investing. Before this position, Phin Upham was working at Morgan Stanley in the Media and Telecom group. You may contact Phin on his Phin Upham website or Facebook page.