If you have any interest in horticulture I suggest you visit Hong Kong’s famous Flower Market Road. Get ready for an explosion of colour and fragrance!
Located in the thriving Mong Kok district this is the place to pick yourself up a beautiful bunch of freshly cut flowers, potted colour as well as all sorts of different herbs. (These flower markets aren’t as hectic as the ones in Bangkok).
I’ve found that flowers here are super cheap compared to Australia and the variety is incredible.
I’ve had a few trips to the flower markets since living here and I’ve never walked away empty-handed. On my last visit I bought basil and parsley…..which are still alive! Yay for me!
I’m keen to create a little succulent garden; so a few hardy succulents are on my hit list for next time!
Where: Hong Kong Flower Market
Location: Flower Market Road, Prince Edward, Kowloon
How to get there: Catch the MTR to Prince Edward Station and take Exit B1. Walk east along Prince Edward Road West until you reach the market.
Yuen Po Bird Garden
At the end of Flower Market Road you will find the Po Yin Bird Garden.
As you walk through the archway you’ll gain a glimpse into the Hong Kong tradition of songbird keeping.
This tranquil Chinese walled garden is home to a multitude of exotic bird species (and some not so exotic….like the good old budgie!). But the exotic birds are worth a pretty penny. I saw a few that were on sale for over $1000 AUD!
Other interesting sights include all the ‘bird accessories’ and bird food. Here you will find a multitude of ornate wooden birdcages, delicate ceramic water and seed dishes as well as live food.
Yes that’s right –you can purchase bags of live grasshoppers and little wriggling worms for your feathery friend!
It’s also great to watch all the elderly men, who are obviously bird enthusiasts, come to show off their prized possessions and enthusiastically compare their little pets.
I would love a brightly coloured little bird…..but maybe not in our smallish apartment!
Where: Yuen Po Street Bird Garden
Location: Yuen Po Street, Prince Edward, Kowloon
How to get there: Take the MTR to Prince Edward Station, Exit B1. Walk along Prince Edward Road west towards the Mongkok Stadium for about 15 minutes. (You will find the Bird Garden at the end of the Flower Market).
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