Authentic Hong Kong – Gold fish market of Mong kok?
For authentic feeling seekers of Hong Kong, an experience through the densely crowded streets of Mong kok markets is a “to do”.
You can debate, that Mong Kok is a “touristy” thing and you get touristy stuff. However you also get un-touristy, very local stuff as well as locals, who look at you with big eyes, if you ask them something in English, even directions.
Getting off the MTR at the Exit E2, we searched for the Nelson street. This walking street takes you from the Ladies market to the Tung Choi street – yes, the gold fish street.
However far easier written than done! Between 3 different tourist maps, irritating city walk Apps, non English speaking locals (did they really not understand us?) and crowds, at times jam-packing the streets it was a perfect havoc!
Goldfish Aquarium at one’s home can bring good luck – Feng Shui Teachings
Feng Shui teachings have it, that an aquarium of goldfish is an auspicious addition to one’s home, which can bring good luck. Therefore it is not surprising, that this popular pet trade is even more prominent in Hong Kong. – Source: Discover Hong Kong.
Gold Fish in different sizes and shapes
The gold fish are available in the most versatile shapes and sizes. The sizes vary from almost not visible to as big as my forearm. Some fishes came in beautiful tropical colors. In some shops, reptiles and amphibians were sold as well.
Once a Goldfish trader, always a Goldfish trader?
Some of the shopkeepers were having fun watching us clicking away in excitement, while others were rather shy, not to say reserved. One person, who was waiting for his boss to to come and have the day’s business accounted for at 10 p.m., told us, that his brother left Hong Kong at an early age and now has a gold fish business in the States.
And yes, even at 10 p.m. there was quite a hustle and bustle on these streets and markets of Mong Kok. I always thought, Karachi’s Ladies market (Pakistan), where woman gets everything she needs (or not) are crowded, but I was proven wrong, Mong Kok beats it!
Have you been to Mong Kok?
And you? Have you been to Mong Kok? Other markets of Kowloon Island? It is supposed to be the shopping area of Hong kong. We walked through the streets, enjoyed the flair (or not) and ticked each market off as “done” as we passed by and were so glad to rest our feet after a good 3 hours walk!
How to get there:
- MTR Mong Kok Station, Exit E2. Walk along Nelson Street for two blocks.
- Bus 1, 1A, 2, 6 or 9 from Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry pier and get off at Nelson Street station
- Langham, Palace: There you can get your shopping done in air-conditioned environment, sans the “Authentic Hong Kong feeling” 🙂