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Come Tour a Lunar New Year Fair with Me!

Come Tour a Lunar New Year Fair with Me!

Lunar New Year Fairs begin popping up all over Hong Kong one week before Chinese New Year officially begins. These colorful markets sell anything and everything you’ll need to celebrate Chinese New Year. You’ll find red envelopes, auspicious snacks, toys themed after the new year’s animal, and decorations.

While I had a fun time browsing through stall after stall of these things, the real reason to visit these markets is to search for the perfect blossom. Lucky plants like mandarin oranges, tulips, orchids and more line the shelves awaiting inspection. Crowds get pushy late into the night as people frantically search for the best blooms to bring home. So come take a tour of one these markets with me– no elbow sharpening required!

At the Lunar New Year Fair

The first row of stalls in the market seemed quiet and calm

Girl wanting a balloon

Giant balloons are grouped together and tied low enough to entice the children passing by

Lion marionettes

A vendor playfully parades his lion marionettes around hoping for a sale

Dressing up for Chinese New Year

Volunteers are often high school and college students who will do anything to set their stall apart

Attracting attention

Wearing masks, playing ukelele, and climbing up high are all apart of the ploy of grabbing the attention of possible customers

New Year pinwheels

Lucky New Year pinwheels spin hopefully turning any obstacles into opportunity for those who buy them

Girl playing with giant pinwheel

A young girl excitedly spins her new flower pinwheel

Baby playing with marionette lions

A family stops to play with the dancing lion

Selling light-up flowers

‘Found your perfect New Year’s blossom? Great! Now how about buying one that surely won’t die?’

New Year snacks

Delicious chicken biscuits being packaged

Chinese New Year snacks

Various gingers are also popular for the New Year

Plenty of oranges

The flower portion of the market starts with a never-ending sea of mandarin oranges

Orange trees

Small oranges or big oranges, which do you think will bring you more luck?

orchids for sale

Orchids of all sizes, colors, and prices can be found

Orchids

A medium sized orchid, decorated with red ribbons, is ready to be brought home

Very expensive orchids

For a whopping $360 US, this orchid was one of the most expensive I saw

Picking out flowers

Fresh cut flowers are also sold

Colorful blossoms

Bright, bold colors for the New Year

Nipple fruit

Although poisonous, the Nipplefruit is a popular auspicious fruit due to its golden color and Chinese name.

Finding the perfect titty

The name of this plant in Chinese roughly translates to “5 generations living together” which means longevity and prosperity for the family.

Have you been to a Chinese New Year market?

12 comments

  1. What fun! Who wouldn’t want a lion marionette…too cute!
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  2. So many colours! I would love to see it live!
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  3. Whoa! I would sensory overload there — but these orchids are just stunning!! :)
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  4. Everything seems so much larger than live! Love the Lucky New Year pinwheels and orchids. But, the price of that one orchid is a bit much. Did you see anyone buy one of the expensive ones?

    • People do! Well, people who businesses do.
      It’s crazy the amount people spend on some flowers.

      We walked away with an orchid but ours was only around $10 US.

  5. Looks so exciting (minus the elbowing)! :) I love all the bright, pretty flowers and the delicious looking food!

    • I love just walking around the markets even if I don’t plan on purchasing anything. They are definitely exciting!

  6. Wow! It’s so colourful! I love the Lucky Pinwheels
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