Hong Kong Local Culture

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Hong Kong Local Street Markets

A binding part of a vibrant community that have made Hong Kong such a unique and vibrant city with a pulsing heart.  As Hong Kong modernizes and redevelops communities time after time some things stay.  Over the years the city has build indoor markets for what they call “wet markets”.  One can purchase live meat and fish.  The freshest fruits and vegetables with a feel of times gone past.  These are not the new modern supermarkets where everything is neatly packaged in aisle after aisle.

The street is the market and the market is the street.  Local street markets have a unique feel of the old world.  Retail costs are one of the highest in the world so every inch has to be put to use.  This mean things like doors waste space.  Some retailers store fronts are like accordions and intricate work that is shuttered up each night.

Local street markets have gone through some changes over the last few years due to safety issue as one of my favorite local street markets Fa Yuen Street in Mong Kok was hit by deadly fires in consecutive years.  The look and feel is very much the same but electrical standards and distance between retailers and walking space up the middle of the street have widened.  Many of these local street markets are pedestrian traffic only while some do blend in with local traffic especially on the Hong Kong Island.  On the Island local street markets are narrow corridors and often up steep stairways.

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  • Hong Kong Central Butcher
    Hong Kong Central Butcher
  • Cantonese Opera Performance Art
    Cantonese Opera Performance Art
  • Hong Kong Fading Culture Ma Wan Fishing Village
    Hong Kong Fading Culture Ma Wan Fishing Village
  • Hong Kong Rain In The Market
    Hong Kong Rain In The Market
  • Hong Kong Street Cafe Dai Pai Dong
    Hong Kong Street Cafe Dai Pai Dong
  • Mong Kok Fishmonger
    Mong Kok Fishmonger
  • Mong Kok Wet Market
    Mong Kok Wet Market
  • Hong Kong Tram Crossing Paths
    Hong Kong Tram Crossing Paths
  • Hong Kong Tram Through Central Looking West
    Hong Kong Tram Through Central Looking West
  • Hong Kong Mr Fix It
    Hong Kong Mr Fix It
  • Hong Kong Collector
    Collector Shop
  • Hong Kong Tram Going Through North Point Wet Market
    Tram Going Through North Point Wet Market
  • Hong Kong Tram In Tin Hau
    Hong Kong Tram In Tin Hau
  • Tram in North Point Wet Market
  • HK Tram in North Point Wet Market
    Tram in North Point Wet Market
  • Hong Kong Tram Going Through North Point Wet Market
    Tram Going Through North Point Wet Market
  • Hong Kong Old World Tin Shop
    Old World Tin Shop
  • Mong Kok Wet Market Canton Road at Night
    Mong Kok Wet Market at Night
  • Hong Kong Anything and Everything
    Hong Kong Anything and Everything
  • Old Binding Shop
    Old Binding Shop
  • Old Print Shop
  • Hong Kong Wet Market Butcher and Mao
    Wet Market Butcher and Mao
  • Wet Market Butcher
    Wet Market Butcher
  • Hong Kong Fading Culture
    Hong Kong Fading Culture
  • Hong Kong Night Wet Market Deals
    Night Wet Market Deals
  • Hong Kong Mong Kok Goldfish Street Market
    Goldfish Street Market
  • Hong Kong Goldfish 13
    Goldfish 13
  • Hong Kong Treasure a Happy Life Goldfish
    Hong Kong Treasure a Happy Life Goldfish
  • Hong Kong Mong Kok Bustling Streets
    Mong Kok Bustling Streets
  • Wet night in the Market
    Wet night in the Market

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Tourist and Photographer Tips

Local street markets are part of an active community and one needs to respect their privacy.  Some markets such as Mong Kok wet market are better experienced with minimal time getting in the face of the locals.  They work long hours and they are not a tourist attraction.  Capturing the spirit of the market is best done from a distance.  While there why not buy some fruit for yourself.  If you can’t finish it all there are others who will be happy to eat it.