When I took my kids to Hong Kong last month, one of the things on the top of my list for our first morning was the Prince Edward flower market. Just like when I first took my husband to Hong Kong some years back, I think the flower market is a great introduction to Hong Kong.
We took the MTR one stop from Sham Shui Po to Prince Edward and quickly found the market. The bird and fish markets don’t open until around 10am, but the flower market starts earlier. We first reached the cactus area. Notice old fashioned shophouse overhangs that keep people away from the sun as they go about their errands. Few buildings like this still exist in Hong Kong. Guess why?
This shop had pitcher plants, which are visible in the foreground and to the left of this photo. Unsuspecting bugs go into the pitcher, which traps them and eats them for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
It’s the winter (or really autumn when we were there), so citrus is coming back into season. More little orange plants will adorn Hong Kong closer to the Lunar New Year. We’re gearing up for Year of the Pig!
Gourds are always popular. These dried ones were so tempting to buy, but we traveled light, so alas there’d be no room in our suitcases.
My favorites are the individually-wrapped roses. I love the care and attention for each bud. Even the wrapped carnations are presented nicely. But nothing compares to the roses.
Here’s another view!
The Prince Edward flower market is just east of Nathan Road on Prince Edward Road. If you continue east on Prince Edward, you’ll reach the bird market. My kids loved that, too!
And I did buy a bird cage, even though we didn’t have space in our luggage!