Hong Kong boasts a variety of markets and I went to just about every one of them. But, one stood out as a bucket list worthy event, probably because in all my travels I had never witnessed anything like it. The Goldfish Market is truly unique. And a bit quirky.
Hong Kong’s Goldfish Market caters to the locals and their Feng Shui lifestyle. Aquariums equal good luck in the Asian culture and can be found in many homes.
I have never had an aquarium and the only pet fish I have owned was Goldy who I won at the fair by tossing a ping pong ball into a small fish bowl. He died. Not lucky at all.
We headed to the Goldfish Market in the late afternoon to look at all the other still living Goldy’s.
I was on the lookout for blocks of closed off streets dedicated to fishy goods running straight down the center. Just like the architecture of most of the markets I had visited in the past.
But, this “market” is actually just a typical road lined with several dozen shops devoted to selling an array of interesting fish and their accessories.
All of the stores were packed with locals. This is a market that caters to them, not the tourists who will obviously not be buying aquarium fish as a souvenir.
Every conceivable fish tank accessory can be found here too; gravel, lighting, plants, nets, etc.
And they don’t just sell fish, they also sell snakes, spiders, lizards and such. But, mostly aquatic vertebrates. Not sure where amphibians fit into the Feng Shui lifestyle. But, spiders have no place near my imaginary fish tank.
I only wish I had the chance to visit one of the homes that had a lucky aquarium on display.