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Fish Market in Hong Kong.

Stumbling Upon an Off-the-Beaten-Path Fish Market in Aberdeen, Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s Aberdeen Wholesale Fish Market may be the area’s claim to fame, however, local haunts hidden off-the-beaten path offer a more intimate look at local life. Wandering away from the busy water’s edge and sprawling wholesale market, I come across a large white building framed by a red awning. A stream of people enters and exits through a large open door. No signs mark the otherwise inconspicuous façade. Stepping into the building and down a flight of stairs, I find myself emerging into a dark, windowless interior. Within, a cramped space lit by fluorescent bulbs hosts a bustling fish market.

Fish Market in Hong Kong.

I am greeted by a cacophony of noises. An assortment of sea creatures splash in brightly coloured baskets, while hawkers haggle with prospective buyers. Red lamp shades cast a subdued glow as I make my way through the crowded, maze-like market.

Fish Market in Hong Kong.

Proprietors appear not to call out to passers-by to advertise their wares, rather, stall owners wait to catch the eye of a keen shopper. Few words but many gestures are exchanged as fish, snails, crabs and squids are weighed, wrapped in red plastic bags and handed over the counter — after accepting the agreed upon fee.

Fish Market in Hong Kong.

These tiny, tucked-away markets are hidden throughout Hong Kong. Unlike the expansive open-air wholesale market, vendors work out of stalls roughly 6-feet by 10-feet large — if not smaller.

Fish Market in Hong Kong.

As locals complete their daily shopping, I navigate my way out of the winding stalls and join the queue of people heading for the exit — red shopping bags in-hand. Upon surfacing back into the bright Hong Kong morning, my eyes adjust slowly to the sunny day so opposite to the fish market’s hazy red and yellow glow.

Fish Market in Hong Kong.

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