Way back last weekend when I hung out in Mong Kok and after my trip to the Goldfish market, I took a walk over to the Hong Kong flower market. I didn’t get a time to check out the market in NYC, so this was my first trip to a relatively large flower market- and I have to admit that while I thoroughly enjoyed myself and the flowers are to die for, it wouldn’t probably be something I would do again.
Why? Well let’s look at the good and the bad.
The good: The flowers are amazing. They’re fresh and you can get a bunch of what I would call everyday stems (carnations, gerbera daisies, etc.) for anywhere from $10 HKD (or $1.25 USD) to about $35HKD (or $4.5o USD) depending on the size of the bunch or the store. There’s a huge variety of stems as well, and it looks like there’s a never ending supply. If you’ve never seen a flower market, I’d recommend visiting but if you’re not into flowers and are limited on time then you can probably skip this.
The bad: Well, honestly, you can’t take them home! As a tourist, there was very little fun in going to look around at beautiful flowers and arrangements that I couldn’t take home with me. That probably explained why there were virtually zero tourists anywhere at the Flower Market and even fewer people in the stores who spoke English. Still lots of crowds of locals, including young boys buying big bunches for girls they were with which made me smile.