Every year since arriving in Hong Kong, I go to the Lunar New Year Fair in Victoria Park. It is a tradition for thousands of Hongkongers and one of many here which turned into my small yearly ritual where I pick up an auspicious bunch of peach blossoms and pussy willow.
I went through Victoria Park on the opening day (2nd of Feb), most of the sellers were still setting up their stalls, unloading thousands of flowers and arranging their goods. Yesterday, I went back with friends. It wasn’t too crowded as it was just after lunchtime. Everything was ready for the thousands of customers which will flood Victoria Park in the coming days.
Half of the fair is taken up by flower stalls: Mandarin trees in all sizes, thousands of orchids in every colour, lilies, bamboo, pussy willows and plum blossoms. We admired beautiful orchids, stood amongst fragrant peonies, compared prices between vendors and tried to find out the names of plants unknown to us.
The other half of the fair was stalls with of toys, CNY decorations, games, windmills, balloons, household items and many red and gold objects. As expected, there’s a Monkey theme to most of the products on sale. There are also cuddly toys and pillows/cushions (in all sorts of shapes – but doughnuts seem to be the most popular). It seems that there are more food, traditional sweets and snacks stalls this year.
I liked relaxed and not crowded visits to the fair but I am also looking forward to going on one of the coming evenings where Victoria Park will be packed wall-to-wall with happy shoppers and their families, smiling kids with their new toys, shouting sellers and different music from every stall. It is a must.
Selling peach blossoms and lilies.
Potted shrubs of Kumquat or mandarin oranges. They are traditionally given to celebrate Chinese New Year.
Imported from Japan.
More mini trees.
Future Narcissus – a symbol of good fortune and prosperity.
New Year Fruit. Decorative, but poisonous (if eaten) fruit with a surprising name: Cow’s Udder.
Will they bloom by Chinese New Year?
Chrysanthemums of every colour.
Probably not a size suitable for the average HK apartment.
My Neighbor Totoro.
Locally grown vegetables.
The Year of the Monkey will start from February 8. Monkeys are everywhere at the fair.
Not crowded… Believe me. It will get a lot more packed than this!
Lunar New Year Fair is open from 12pm-12am every day until the 6th of February. On the 7th February, will be open until 6am the NEXT day.