I’m back in the UK now after a month-long trip to Hong Kong, New Zealand and Australia. As an antidote to jetlag and the grey British winter, I’m posting these colourful photos from Hong Kong markets.
My first stop, the source of those red chillies, was the wet market on Chun Yeung Street, near North Point on Hong Kong Island.
The whole street is double-lined with market stalls and shops selling meat, fish and seafood, Chinese medicine, clothes, and household items. And of course, a huge range of tropical fruit and vegetables, like these shiny red wax apples.
And Chinese cabbages. These bring back memories of my time in north-east China. Every winter, people in Dalian would buy these cabbages, and then store them in the open air, on the roof of their apartment buildings. No fridge or freezer needed when the winter air is cold and dry enough.
Back in Hong Kong, in another market near Graham Street, I found these pomelos. I miss these – sour grapefruits are no substitute. I wonder if I can buy them somewhere in London.
There will be more posts from my holiday. If they appear at odd hours, blame the jetlag.