Our hotel in Hong Kong was wonderfully located in the heart of Mong Kok, apparently one of the most congested parts of Hong Kong, but also home to some of the best shopping!
Mong Kok is renowned for its markets - not only the Ladies Markets (which we didn't visit), that sell all those "cheap" things Asian markets are famous for (watch, anyone?), but also markets that the residents of Hong Kong use to buy things from. Most Hong Kong-isians live in apartments (it's not one of the most densely populated places on earth for no reason!) and so living space is limited. But you make the best of your lot in life and your living space.
The Flower Market was our first stop. It was kind of like Floriade or the Chelsea Flower Show (ah, neither of which I've actually been to) on a small scale. I know some people who would have been drooling!
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A touch of home - the lovely Banskia coccinea[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_1932" align="aligncenter" width="800"] That's not a camera, Ingrid! THAT'S a camera!!!![/caption]
I sooooooo wanted to take at least one of those orchids home! But, my "no shopping" husband wouldn't let me. Oh and yanno, Australian customs biosecurity and all (so I bought one in Aldi the other day when they were on sale to make up for it).
And once your apartment is oozing with oxygen from your bamboo and orchids and cut flowers, you need someone to love. Like a pet. For small spaces! Head on down to the Goldfish Markets to get your Feng Shui aligned and an auspicious aura of good luck to your home (did you know Shui is Mandarin for water?):
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Again, Hubby said no (oh alright, and customs who don't like fish either!
So fish are good luck and all, but they are hardly interactive. What else do they sell?
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[caption id="attachment_1941" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Terrapins![/caption]
[caption id="attachment_1942" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Take us home! Pleeeeaaase![/caption]
Damn husband was pretty tough on me, refusing to purchase any of these also. Maybe just as well.
Well then. You have your flowers, your good luck fish and your teeny, tiny pet. Life is about as complete as it gets in Hong Kong. Except for one more thing...bird in a cage! The bird garden (where they sell birds, so technically it's a market):
[caption id="attachment_1946" align="aligncenter" width="533"] LOVE their little ceramic seed containers![/caption]
[caption id="attachment_1947" align="aligncenter" width="533"] Hello! Hello! Take me home? Hello![/caption]
And guess what Hubby said, go on, guess?!!! No! And because they aren't selected species from New Zealand, Customs said no too. Not happy, Jan!
Lucky for Hubby and Customs, I don't want to bring bird food back with me. Who knew they ate this stuff??? What happened to good old-fashioned birdseed?
My Hong Kong apartment is looking pretty good, feeling pretty lucky, pets for company. But I have this headache...
I could theoretically bring home herbal remedies, but the paperwork put me off!
My apartment is in Hong Kong, man! I need tech!!!
[caption id="attachment_1954" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Did he buy it? No. He did not.[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_1955" align="aligncenter" width="533"] The BEST thing we found was the Dyson fan (with no blades). Kids were keen to buy it until it was pointed out that perhaps it wouldn't fit in the overhead luggage compartments on the plane home. We satisfied ourselves by standing in front of it for a couple of hours.[/caption]
You want to know what we DID buy?
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We went to the mega-shopping-mall next door to our hotel and went to the supermarket and bought a massive bag of chips/crisps (Wombat Girl read the Japanese on the label for the flavours), beers and sushi for $20! Winning!
All tuckered out from our big day of NOT shopping! Stay tuned for what else we found in Hong Kong!
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