Around Chinese New Year flower markets traditionally spring up in various locations around the city selling not only horticultural products but also pets, fireworks & lucky charms for the new year. One arrived in my neighbourhood and for the last few days has been chocker block with people doing last-minute shopping for the festivities.
The view from my bedroom window – super busy and crowded. Due to the messed up economy, plenty of good deals are on offer as the vendors try to flog all their inventory.
I have no idea what these strange yellow fruits are. If anyone knows please leave a comment – they’re definitely not lemons before anyone asks! I wonder if they’re for eating or just ornamental. (Update 26/01: The fruits were identified by Shuo as Solanum mammosum – they’re only for show and are poisonous so definitely not edible!!).
Buy two, get one free on baby turtles today only – supposedly the turtle is a sign of longevity. Mice, rabbits and goldfish are also on offer, not sure whether they were for pets or eating…
This man is hand-painting signs to hang above your front door. Most of them read “Happy New Year” or variations on the same theme. They’re supposed to bring good luck to the household and ward off evil spirits.
Most people are off work for the week (including yours truly) and while I don’t have a definite plan yet there’s bound to be something interesting going on and the possibility of another excursion or two 🙂