Touring the Hong Kong Bird Garden & Goldfish Market

The Yuen Po Street Bird Garden in Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Heading to the Yuen Po Street Bird Garden in Hong Kong, I really just expected to see a bunch of birds and supplies for sale. Sure, the market had that, but it also was a hang out place for older Asian men to come and socialize with their birds.

A local celebrity at the Yuen Po Bird Garden in Hong Kong
A local celebrity at the Yuen Po Bird Garden in Hong Kong

In one area, a few men continuously moved their bird cages around so that their pets were in the sun. Nearby, another man moved his cages next to specific other ones in order to make sure that his birds had enough time to socialize with his friend’s birds.

Everywhere I looked, there were cages stacked and placed next to each other and groups of older men leaning over, discussing the birds, pointing and smiling. They say that a dog is man’s best friend … but here it is clearly a bird.

One guy was feeding his bird something through a syringe in the mouth while another was cutting the heads and feet off of grasshoppers to make them easier to digest. The whole thing was a completely surreal experience and I just wish that the naked Thai man hadn’t stolen our camera so I could have taken a video!

 

Two locals discuss their bird at the Yuen Po Bird Garden in Kowloon, Hong Kong
Two locals discuss their bird at the Yuen Po Bird Garden in Kowloon, Hong Kong

 

Yuen Po Bird Garden, Hong Kong, Kowloon
A beautiful parrot at the Yuen Po Bird Garden, in Kowloon, Hong Kong

 

Yuen Po Bird Garden, Hong Kong, Kowloon
A man checks on his birds

 

Yuen Po Bird Garden, Hong Kong, Kowloon
Beware of the birds …

 

Yuen Po Bird Garden, Hong Kong, Kowloon
Not sure if it was the bird or the bird cage that was for sale here

 

Locals admire their collection of winged friends at the Yuen Po Bird Garden in Kowloon, Hong Kong
Locals admire their collection of winged friends at the Yuen Po Bird Garden in Kowloon, Hong Kong

Inside the Hong Kong Goldfish Market

Later that day, Carrie and I found ourselves in the middle of the Goldfish Market. Within a two block radius, dozens of pet stores show off their for-sale fish hanging from bags on the street outside their shop.

Also on the same street are some of the most intense fish stores I’ve ever seen, selling everything from exotic fish to corals and sea anemones. Literally, some of the tanks looked like we were scuba diving.

 

According to DiscoverHongKong.com:

Tung Choi Street North – better known as the Goldfish Market – is lined on either side with shops devoted to the raising of many types of fish, from weirdly shaped goldfish to colorful tropical species with gaspingly high price tags.

In between, you’ll also spot a few amphibians and reptiles crawling about; not to mention some impressive saltwater aquarium setups complete with coral.

 

The Hong Kong Goldfish Market in Kowloon
The Hong Kong Goldfish Market in Kowloon