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Behind Streets of Hong Kong: Nelson Street

Hong Kong is a crowded and bustling city with high-rise buildings everywhere. However, located in the small area of Mong Kok, lies a wet market in Nelson Street. Wet markets have been a tradition in Hong Kong for a long time, providing an affordable range of fresh produce meat, vegetables and fruits to the locals.


It is also the livelihood of many folks in Hong Kong. As most of the stall owners are elderly, it is admirable to see how resolved they are to continue running a store at such an old age, no matter how tiring it is. Their dedication can be seen from the wide smiles plastered on their faces.

dsc01437Wet markets will be an interesting sight to explore when you visit Hong Kong. It has a refreshing view and atmosphere that you can immerse yourself in and seek relaxation amidst the fast-paced city.

With the roots of this tradition so deeply entrenched in the lives of the people in Hong Kong, it has effortlessly became an importance in their daily lives. However, will this longstanding tradition of wet markets be able to continue thriving, or cease to exist?



Nelson Street 奶路臣街 is a 240-metres long street in Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong. It can be accessed from the exits E1 and E2 of Mong Kok Station.


Photos taken by: Paul Khor

Article written by: Jovene Chua

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