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When buying in the night market...
In the night market, when you’re the first customer & you touch the item or ask for the price, be aware that they’ll never let you go until you buy the product. They believe it’s bad luck to touch an item when you’re not going to buy it.
The Flower Market is situated right beside the Bird Garden, so its a pleasant walk back towards Nathan Road.
The flowers come from all over including Holland and Hawaii.
Flowers that I had never seen before and colours different from home.
Opens 7am to 7pm.
The Bird Garden
The Bird Garden is set in an attractive Chinese courtyard where the locals sell their songbirds and a huge range of bird paraphernalia is sold here.
The locals also flock here to chat with their friends while they hang up their songbirds to do their bit.
What I found interesting was the bags of live crickets to be sold to the owners to feed their birds.
In particular I watched one vendor cutting the wings off the crickets so they would not fly away.
More patience than I would have.
I once changed my mind about...
I once changed my mind about buying ties after bargaining at one of the night stalls along Ladies' Street. The face of the friendly lady boss turned foul immediately and start scolding me loudly in Cantonese which I do not understand!! I quickly walked away as I felt that she was really rude. My friend later told me that she complained that I was wasting her time. How embarressing!!
Lesson Learnt: Don't attempt to bargain UNLESS ur genuinely sincere in purchasing stuff from them. Otherwise, one may risk being cursed and sweared at!!
Always bargain, even if the price is already unbelievably low. Also, if you see an item in Stanley where most western travellers go to, try to find it in Temple Street or Ladies Market in Mongkok. You probably will find the same item at half the price or even less.
Market shopping is a fascinating part of the City of Life experience. Visit the Ladies' Market in Mong Kok for inexpensive fashion items or Yau Ma Tei's Temple Street Night Market for anything from T-shirts to electronics. As well as souvenir markets, visitors can enjoy markets dedicated to birds and flowers.
Hollywood Road and Upper...
Hollywood Road and Upper Lascar Row, known as 'Cat Street' are must-see stops on every visitor's itinerary. Crammed with antique shops and an open-air curio market, these quaint locales are ideal places for picking up eclectic souvenirs and gifts. You'll find everything from Ming furniture and lotus lamps to Mao badges and ancient snuff bottles. Photogenic Man Mo temple, dedicated to the God of Literature (man) and the God of War (mo), is just a stroll away.
Fruit & Vegetables
This fruit & vegetables and meat market was situated very close to the Jade Market.
We bought some oranges which made for an enjoyable and refreshing moment on a hot day.
A chance to see how the locals buy, very colourful and joins onto fruit market, ideal to make some purchases.
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