To Market, To Market

Now one thing I really loved about Hong Kong, was all of the outdoor markets (and a few indoor ones). Not only are the more well known ones awesome, like the Temple Street Night Market, but every little neighborhood is spotted with small open front stores and stands selling fresh veggies and snacks with the most intoxicating scents. While I had no need to buy much from these vendors, as I had no kitchen to prepare them, I was perfectly content wondering down the aisles of goods perusing the afternoon away.

It was a bit crowded in some of these areas, but I was in no hurry. Plus, it gave me plenty of time to snap a few good photos!

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Dried whole fish anyone?

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The smell walking by their fruit stands was simply mouthwatering. I’m still trying to figure out what kind of fruit a particular scent was coming from, as it wasn’t one I recognized, but boy did it smell amazing!

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The open meat markets definitely didn’t entice drooling, as I am a pescatarian, but I thought it was interesting to see every animal part up for sale. We could take a note out of their book, and find more recipes in the U.S. that use all of the different parts of the animal.

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Not only did I find the food markets in Hong Kong, but I also loved the fabric stores and the Jade Market! As a lover of sewing and design, I could have spent days sifting through stores of trims and fabrics. Alas, I limited it to one morning. I did come away with a few treasures though.

Look at this wall of sparkly goodness… who could resist?

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Now don’t be fooled by the name Jade Market…. you may not come away with any Jade. Actually, from what everyone has told me, unless you know without a doubt how to distinguish real jade from fake jade, don’t spend too much money on Jade here. Provided, the vendors are always up for bargaining, so if you can get them down to what you think a fun piece is worth, there are some lovely treasures to be found.  I came away with a few freshwater pearl pieces from a vendor that had been recommended to me, and let me tell you, you cannot beat the price.

Now the buildings don’t have AC, so they can get a bit stuffy inside, but it was totally worth it in my opinion.

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Such fun was had! I’ll be back later in the week with more on Hong Kong and a bit on Goaming!

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