Finding Beauty in the Markets of the Pearl River Delta

A photo tour of some of Hong Kong and Shenzhen’s most beautiful and interesting markets.

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Fa Yuen Street Market, indoor farmers market, each floor is organized by a type of food.
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Gold fish markets on Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok.
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Hong Kong’s markets are more than just food and inanimate goods!

Take a stroll on Tung Choi Street in Mong Kok and prepare to be surrounded by pet stores on all sides. Although most of the shops specialize in fish (especially “fancy” goldfish), all types of animals are for sale. Shops dedicated to cats, dogs, and birds also line the streets, making Tung Choi Street the pet store headquarters of Hong Kong.

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Mong Kok’s Ladies’ Market, infamous in Hong Kong for being the place to go for cheap clothing, souvenirs, and *whispers* counterfeit goods
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The Ladies’ Market

Mong Kok is a popular area for Hong Kong street markets, and there is even a dedicated street for the Ladies’ Market. Pictured above, you can see the stalls preparing for a long night of commerce. Almost every stall is managed by a woman, but during the day the tent setup was largely contracted out to day laborers.

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Electronics Markets

If you’re reading this story on an Apple device, you are currently experiencing a unique connection to the Pearl River Delta. Foxconn — the factory that manufactures Apple devices (and many other electronics) — is based in Shenzhen, China, immediately over the border from Hong Kong.

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3D printer in action — electronics vendors love demonstrating their toys!

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Journalist, entrepreneur and student - Boston College, University of Otago. Buddhist. Expert adventurer and consultant for conducting business in Asia.

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