Graham Street Market, which spills over to Gage Street where this butcher has a stall, was featured in the film Rush Hour 2 but remains more geared to locals than tourists. Night markets are popular in Hong Kong because of the heat and humidity during the day, as well as the fact that working hours are so long.
Hong Kong – Been There

Engaging all the senses in Central, Hong Kong

Photo by Lucas Vallecillos

Hong Kong – Been There Engaging all the senses in Central, Hong Kong

Hong Kong offers a vast array of shopping from high-end designer boutiques to the latest in electronics. But at its heart are the street markets that bring so much color to this most energetic of cities.

Kieran Meeke
Kieran Meeke Travel Writer

A sharp shower of rain has cleared the air of Central on Hong Kong Island and I plunge into streets thronging with markets and lined with shops and restaurants. Stallholders splash water over fish to keep them fresh. Scratching a living here means work never stops. A businessman in a perfect suit picks his way across the road, littered with food refuse and cardboard boxes, as laborers in singlets and plastic shoes shout at each other, the everyday conversational tone.

Mahjong tiles are banged down in a game that looks as if it has been going on since time began. A radio blares Cantonese pop. Strange odors come from a traditional medicine shop, overwhelming the background smell that is a mix of fish balls, char siu (barbecued pork) and exhaust fumes. Tiny trucks smoke past, their drivers glued to cell phones. Water drips from air conditioners lining the endless windows of the apartments blocks on each side. Generators thrum into life, powering flickering neon bulbs that light up gaudy plastic awnings. High overhead, I can just see the green hillsides at the island’s heart, turning dark and mysterious in the fading light of dusk.

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The Graham Street Market in Central's SoHo, Hong Kong Island, opened in 1841 when it was known as the “Chinese Market”. It specialises in fresh food such as seafood, meat, vegetables and fruit but is under constant threat of redevelopment. Photo by Lucas Vallecillos

Lucas Vallecillos

Lucas Vallecillos

Canon EOS 5D

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The Graham Street Market in Central's SoHo, Hong Kong Island, opened in 1841 when it was known as the “Chinese Market”. It specialises in fresh food such as seafood, meat, vegetables and fruit but is under constant threat of redevelopment.

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