The Chinese lunar new year brings a shopping bonanza to Wan chai market. Everyday no matter the weather, people turn up in droves to look at home decorations and the latest lunar new year fashion. It is tradition to wear new clothes during the new year period, and this extends to underwear and home furnishings. Yup, you can get almost anything in the “Chinese new year red”.
Here are some photos to show you what it’s like.
The stalls selling kids traditional clothing get a lot of attention. Lots of mommies just have to stop and browse. You’ll see lots of kids in traditional garb walking around, schools are asking kids to come in festive attire.
All sorts of hanging items.
If you’re looking for lanterns for your doorway, hit Tai Yuen street.
This stall selling cute roosters can be found along Cross street.
These baked puff snacks in particular seemed to be getting a lot of attention.
All this lasts until Chinese New Year which is on the 28th of January. Many stall owners will be on vacation for two weeks after that, visiting relatives in China or just taking a break. Everything gets a little pricier during this time, but as chinese people say, it’s only once a year!
Let’s not forget the goodies for the table, red melon nuts and gold chocolates.