If you are planning a trip to Hong Kong any time soon, make sure you apply for a credit card before you go. You will have opportunities to use it!
The hanging array of colorful goldfish in clear plastic bags of water makes an compelling display for anyone walking past the Goldfish Market (金魚街) on Tung Choi Street’s northern section of the Mong Kok area of Hong Kong. Goldfish are believed to bring luck, beauty and prosperity. The locals know Tung Choi as ‘Goldfish Street’.
A striking feature of this supermarket-sized collection of fish shops is, despite its being open to the street, it never appears grubby or dusty. Everything is gleaming, including the seemingly endless myriad of hanging baggies. Yielding to the temptation for a closer look, visitors are treated to an exotic selection of creatures in every shape and hue. There are:
- Tanks full of conventional and not so conventional-looking red or red and white creatures
- Fluffy-looking creatures resembling a cross between a woodpecker and a badminton shuttlecock wearing a red beret.
- A tank that looks as though someone has tipped in several tins of brighly wrapped sweets, which then develop fins and come to life and swim, shimmering around.
- Still another tank full of shiny, flat silvery swimmers.
- Corals, aquariums and other aquatic ornaments. Come here to find your pet jellyfish.
The Mong Kok (旺角) retail, dining and entertainment area of the Yao Tsim Mong District of Hong Kong is situated on Kowloon Peninsula. Mong Kok contains an eclectic assortment of both old and new buildings. The bottom floors are occupied by shops and restaurants while the upper floors house both commercial and residential units.
Nearby are the Yuen Po Street Bird Garden and the Hong Kong Flower Market. The Bird Garden is a suite of around 70 stalls selling songbirds and other assorted paraphernalia, including intricately carved cages. The Garden also has interesting moon gates and courtyards. A moon gate is a circular opening in a garden wall. These pedestrian walkways are typical features in Chinese gardens.
The Hong Kong Flower Garden is another popular feature of Mong Kok. Exotic house plants, fragrant blossoms and auspicious plants for Chinese New Year are displayed in 50 different stalls.
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