Kung Hei Fat Choi – Happy New Year from Hong Kong! Part I

Our first Chinese New Year in Hong Kong. Amazing how quiet a city can become. But prior to February 9, everything was scrubbed clean and decorated. Markets were bursting with tangerines, pomelo and all things red and gold encrusted with fish and snakes. Temples were busy and busier now that the new year is under way. One can smell and see the smoke from the incense burning in the temples from blocks away.

On the eve of the new year, we went to the flower market along with about half of the population of Honk Kong. It was an unbelievable sight with every kind of flower you could think of available. I was particularly awed by the gladiolas. They were easily over four feet tall.

Near the bird park. The bird park is a post unto itself. Lots of people and a pretty location at the end of the market where the street turns.

Near the bird park. The bird park is a post unto itself. Lots of people and a pretty location at the end of the market where the street turns.

Asian lilies are everywhere. They are as common as daisies in the US and cost just pennies. The scent is overpowering.

 

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Gladiolas easily close to five feet tall. The gentleman in the back is a very tall man. Probably over six feet himself.

 

Gladiolas Galore

Gladiolas Galore

Glad arriving at the Mong Kok market

Glads arriving at the Mong Kok market

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This is the corner of the market. Kumquat trees are popular for the new year.

Crowded flower market in Mong Kok

Crowded flower market in Mong Kok

 

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