under the coconut tree

Thursday, September 13, 2007

To market, to market

Hong Kong is definitely a mecca for those who enjoy shopping. It has something for everyone whether it be highly expensive branded goods in huge departmental shops, small boutiques or bargain road side markets. It never fails to amaze me that the shopping outlets are always jam packed with people all day (and night) long! I guess the locals not only work hard but they shop like crazy too!

I have more or less covered the various types of market in Hong Kong Island and in Kowloon at least more than once! Ladies market, Temple Street market, Fa Yuen market, Bird Market, Jade Market ... you name it, I've been there.

After a few markets, you more or less see the same things that are on sale. That said, I still enjoying passing my time there. Apart from taking photos, it's rather interesting to watch tourists and locals alike haggling over their purchases. Things you do when you have too much time on your hands! ;)

The photos below are taken from Stanley market located on HK island's south east shore. The town is a pretty seaside town where both locals and tourists congregate during the weekends. A place to shop, swim or to relax at one of the many overpriced alfresco restaurants lining the streets between the market and the Stanley Plaza.

An old signage.Amongst the bric-a-bracs that are being sold in the market. The man himself, Chairman Mao.
The terracota warriors.
T-shirts with your chinese name written for a price.
Immaculately carved bird cages.
I included the following photo KL took along the narrow alleyways in Stanley market. The chef looked totally out of place in the kitchen with his attire and his gold accesories around his neck and wrist! He's looks like one guy you don't want to piss off!
Some shots from Jade market.

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