12 October 09
After church today, Renee and I left the family in Craig’s care and headed back towards Hong Kong city to prowl through the markets. On our list were the Flower Market, Bird Market, Ladies’ Market, Goldfish Market and Night Markets — all located on the Kowloon peninsula, within easy walking distance of each other.
HK shops are open very late, even on weekends, and the Night Markets weren’t fully set up until close to 7 pm, so we had all afternoon and night to explore the area. The markets are notorious for their crowds, but a light rain kept many people away. So it turned out to be a wonderful day to visit. We were dripped on a bit, but dried out quickly in the warm weather.
The Ladies’ Market and Night Market were much like the markets of West Africa, offering a range of clothes, bags, shoes, tourist trinkets on tables and under awnings. We bargained hard for some of our purchases, spending five minutes knocking fifty cents off the total, but that was part of the challenge!
The markets stalls were fascinating in their variety, and the prices so cheap. We didn’t find the hawkers or sellers aggressive, and we’d switch to French to discuss options so any English-speaking owner wouldn’t understand us.
By the time we started making our way home at 9 pm, we were tired, but most shops were still open (on a Sunday!), and the trains were still very crowded. At Tai Po, we caught the local double-decker bus for the final ride home — all part of the adventure!