Kowloon City Market Prior to CNY
22nd January 2023
Happy Sunday Hiveans and Kung Hei Fat Choi to all Chinese people here.
If people in other parts of the world are excited about Christmas and New Year holidays, Chinese people are more excited about the Chinese New Year. They may be thrifty at some point but when it comes to CNY, they become generous and thoroughly prepare for this special event, from cleaning the house, and mending clothes, to buying food and things that give them good luck.
I was at the market yesterday and the place seemed bustling with different marketers shopping for food they need for the whole week's celebration since some stores will be closing. It reminded me of New Year's shopping way back in my country. It gave me the same vibes and even some auspicious food is similar to ours.
The commonly shopped food was round-shaped fruits such as apples and oranges, and even tofus were in demand. There were round-shaped buns, rice cakes, radish cakes, sesame balls, ma lai go or steam brown sugar cakes, and other auspicious food. There were long lines of customers queueing outside different stores.
I wasn't able to capture some sides of the market since I was busy doing other stuff. When I get back at four in the afternoon, some stores were already closing as items were sold out, many shelves were emptied, and only a few were left.
You can also watch the short video of this market here:
I have seen how Chinese People celebrate this day.
This is the best part! Believing in Good luck.
That was really a Busy market... glad you took pictures! Have a Great Sunday Jane.
Happy Sunday too. Are you guys celebrating CNY too?
Always colorful during CNY. For sure those shops are making good profits as more people flock the markets for goodies and stuff😉
Happy CNY sis and I'm sure you would have some red packets na😁
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Not expecting .pero sana meron haha
Meron yan sis hehe 😉
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Daming handa pagdating sa CNY even us Filipinos nakiki New Year din... Haha. Anyways happy ang celebration ng CNY for us because it was also our wedding anniversary kahapon. nakisabay!♥️🥰
Panigurado til now sis madami pa kayong handa dyan. Buchug! Haha
Gong Xi Fa Cai! (Did I say that right?)
I thought there would be so many shoppers in the market that it would be so hard to move so I was surprised to see the video.
So many things to buy there!
By the way, nice intro.
Sa umaga oo.. Sa hapon na yan pagbalik ko
Aaah siguro tapos na sila mag shopping haha
Akala ko Pinoy lang may pamahiin sa mga bilog during new year.. kahit mga Chinese din pala.
Happy New Year!
It doesn't seem all that different from Vancouver's own old Chinatown character that is often busy and crazy around the Lunar New Year. Most distinct are the aroma of BBQ meats wafting from out of the meat shops. The fantastic taste of BBQ pork with the crispy skin. The colorful fruit and vegetable shops with their produce spread far out into the sidewalks literally blocking foot traffic, Herb shops with their bizarre treatments for what ails you, lizard skin on a stick? For what problem? I'll think I'll just get some Ginseng for tea... only to find out first hand how boiled Ginseng root really tasted.
Memories with my grandmother.
I miss her.