Whether you are interested in cut flowers, potted plants, seeds and bulbs or orchids, they can all be found at Flower Market Road, off Prince Edward Road West, in Mong Kok. Hong Kong’s premier destination for anything pertaining to horticulture is to be found in this street which is dedicated to wholesale and retail sales. I was there as an on-looker, primarily to get my fill from this little oasis set apart from the general hustle and bustle of life in this city.
Mong Kok is an area in the Yau Tsim Mong district, on the western part of Kowloon Peninsula in Hong Kong. The Prince Edward area occupies the northern part of Mong Kok. Since the 1970’s this has been the centre of Hong Kong’s wholesale flower industry. With more than 50 plant shops clustered close together the road was given the official name of “花墟道” meaning ‘flower market road’. Originally a place where shopkeepers came to purchase stock for their flower shops, the Flower Market Road became a tourist attraction in its own right, and a destination for local flower enthusiasts in the l990’s. Due to the small living space that most Hong Kong people have, living in flats in high rise apartment blocks, only the wealthy have access to gardens, but everybody can keep a potted plant. Flower Market Road has catered to people’s desire to have a living plant of their own, perhaps growing on a window-sill.
Most of the shops and stalls at the Flower Market are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day. The housewives are out and about early in the morning and the sidewalks are already crowded with the overflowing displays and the morning traffic.
Fit for a wedding!
There is a great assortment of in-season, exported and locally grown flowers, plants, shrubs and trees, transforming this city block into a little hidden paradise.
I would call this “seizing the moment” as the rain bucketed down!
Some shops specialise in a particular type or even in a specific genus such as orchids or roses.
The Flower Market is one of my special memories from a short stay in Hong Kong.