Hong Kong’s Flower Market is a jungle of exotic blooms and scents that’s worth immersing yourself in.
The dozens of shops and wholesalers here sell auspicious blossoms and luck-bringing houseplants to an enthusiastic crowd all year round. But the lead up to Chinese New Year is when things really heat up, as families flock towards the market to carefully select flowers and greenery that attract good luck and fortune as a new lunar cycle begins.
We don’t go there once a year; we go there almost every month.
As we are nearing the Chinese New Year, the place becomes hotted up. There are many local as well as overseas tourists visiting the place.
At this time of the year, they have peach blossoms as well as water lilies and other flowers.
Here are some photos taken in the flowers market with a smart phone.
We bought a lot of orchids of different colors, sizes, patterns for the Chinese New Year.
Now the festive season has gone and the orchids, after blooming for a couple of months, have all withered.
These flowers have extra large petals.
They are just so lovely!
Where can one find “hanging bell” flowers locally on the hillside? On a cold wintry day, we headed out to Kadoorie Farm and Botanical Garden (KFBG) along the Lam Kam Route, trying our luck to locate the flowers.
The “hanging bells”are flowers some of us buy for the Chinese New Year. However, this could be quite a rare species locally; they are not in my little book with 3,000 types of local flowers. At KFBG, we have the luck of seeing so many of these flowers (above), at a close distance, in a natural environment. So, instinctively I took some photos, including some close up shots of these beautiful flowers.
As children, we have been to KFBG but have never been back ever since. This trip was like going back in time. We started out with the lower section of the farm where they have birds, reptiles, lizards and monkeys. These drew big crowds of chattering school children; can’t keep thinking several decades ago I was just like one of them.
KFBG also kept a lot of other domesticated animals like pigs, chickens and donkeys (for transportation up and down the hills). This big pig just filled up the whole picture.
We ventured to the upper section of KFBG; stopping first at the orchid gardens.
There were so many types of orchids and quite a few were photogenic too.
We wandered along the winding and hilly paths, viewing more flowers and trees. Finally, we hiked up to the peak which is 1,812 ft (552m) above sea level.
This is the Kwun Yum Peak where the statue of the Kwun Yum goddess stands. We strolled happily around the peak, seeing more flowers. The air was fresh and the view of the valley below was calm and serene.
So, this was another day in the ordinary life of a retiree.