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.
First up, underwear. If you fancy a bit of gold “fuk“( pronounced foook meaning wealth and luck), well, you’re in luck. Go superman.
Next up, red socks, stockings and slippers. It’s a bit chilly and these red footwear and accessories might get you a few compliments.
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.
Brighten up your interior and sofa with red cushions? Lots of cushions getting lots of attention.
Red ribbons for your own designs.
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.
This is the seasonal stall. Usually a hat shop, they convert fully to CNY decorative items for the 3 week season.
If you’re looking for festive snack trays, you’ll find them at the household shops along Wan Chai road.
I was wondering why this bakery had developed a mass following, people were hogging the pavement. Everyone was waiting for 5pm when discounts apply to all the baked goods.
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.