Hong Kong Sites: Avenue of Comic Stars + Flower Market + Bird Market + Pet Market

A couple weekends ago we ventured over to Kowloon to do some exploring. We spent a bit of time at a mall (super complicated – it seemed to be 3 malls that had been joined together. None of the levels lined up, so it was full of short flights of stairs and escalators. It was the strangest thing! It was packed, though, so we escaped outside and wandered around for a bit. We happened upon the Avenue of Comic Stars in Kowloon Park, then continued to the Flower Market and Pet Market.

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A great example of the building density that is found everywhere in Hong Kong. Keep your curtains closed!
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Just one of the many busy streets filled with colourfull signs in Kowloon.
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How many Comic Stars do you see? Two? Three?
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I love this photo – somehow Braden’s eyebrows match the character’s.

Next stop: The Flower Market! To get to there we took the MTR to Jordan Station and walked a couple blocks. Braden had been here before and knew where to go. I was expecting small flower stall, but this area was really a couple block of shops all selling fresh flowers, pots, and plants. It was beautiful!

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The beginning of the Flower Market.
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Every night they pull everything back inside their shops.
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Lots of fresh, aromatic herbs are available.
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So many colourful buckets!
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Such a pretty street – it feel like we were at a garden show.
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More flower!
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No idea what these were, but we liked them! So exotic looking!
The first tulips we have seen in Hong Kong!
The first tulips we have seen in Hong Kong!

After we were finished wandering through the flower market we visited the Bird Market, which was just around the corner. It was starting to close, so if you plan to visit make sure you’re there before 6pm.

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Entry to the Bird Market.
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Almost there!
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It was so noisy with all the chirping birds!
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This cheeky parrot was copying me when I said “hello”!
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Sweet little colourful birds.
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A shopkeeper and his shop. It was around 6pm and the birds were starting to be shrouded for sleep.
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The wild birds were flitting around to eat the spilled seed.
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Braden whistling, trying to communicate.
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This was a pretty stinky little alley.

After the bird alley week went to Tung Choi Street to see the bird market. Again, I was expecting an open area with stalls, but this was another street – this one completely lined with pet shops. Many of the didn’t allow photos and shooed me away when I tried but there were a few other things, like really tiny turtles.

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Know your customer: plush “pets” at the beginning of Pet Street.
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View down Tung Choi Street.
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Aww…this photo made us miss Jamby. And no, we’re not getting a rabbit here in Hong Kong!
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Isn’t this chinchilla so funny perched on top of the water bottle?
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All these tiny dogs looked like have been bred to oblivion…they look like toys.
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Wall of bags of fish. I don’t know how they stay alive?
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Millions of fishies!
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The “bulk section” for your aquarium rock landscape. Some tough choices…
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Basically everyone in Hong Kong lives in a tiny house…who has room for an aquarium?!
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Scary little shark-looking fish!
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20HKD or around $3.30 CAD for this little bag of fish.

So, first Wan Chai Market (if you missed reading about that adventure, catch it here), then Comic Avenue of the Stars, Flower Market, Bird Market and Pet Market. Coming soon…Nathan Street, Ladies Market (yes, Braden went too!) and Temple Street Market. Phew! Don’t need to go to a market for a while…!

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