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New shopping streets stamps from Hong Kong Post

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A set of six stamps from Hong Kong Post portray street life with images featuring busy shops and markets in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Shopping Streets reflects the worldwide fame of the retail industry in Hong Kong, where a huge variety of goods, from fish to fine silks, can be bought by locals and visitors alike. Each of the six stamps features a different shopping experience.

Stamp one ($1.70) shows Goldfish Market on Tung Choi Street in Mong Kok. Shops in the market are full of with different kinds of fish hanging in rows, in small plastic bags on racks, for customers’ selection. Goldfish, tropical fish and expensive pet fish, along with fish tanks and aquarium equipment, are readily available in the market.

Next is Chinese Medicine Street, featured on the $2.20 value. This is one of the Chinese herbal medicine wholesale centres in Hong Kong. Located near a pier, Ko Shing Street enjoys an advantage in the loading and unloading of herbal goods, and therefore has long attracted many herbal medicine shops to start up their business.

A jewellery salesman is shown on the $2.90 stamp which shows the Jade Market where glossy and fine jade pieces in different shades, seen as symbols of longevity and good health, are hugely popular with customers.

The fourth stamp shows Kitchenware Street ($3.10) part of Shanghai Street in Yau Ma Tei. Here, shoppers can buy a variety of kitchen utensils ranging from tableware, cutlery, pots, pans and baking tools to bamboo steamers for dim sum and iron moulds for Hong Kong style egg waffles.

Next ($3.70) is the Flower Market which is lined with almost 100 retail and wholesale flower shops. They sell not only local fresh flowers and countries around the world, but also a wide array of products including artificial flowers and potted plants.

The final stamp, a $5 value, shows Yau Ma Tei Wholesale Fruit Market, the major wholesale fruit market in Hong Kong, is bounded by four streets in Yau Ma Tei, namely, Ferry Street, Reclamation Street, Waterloo Road and Shek Lung Street.  Yau Ma Tei Wholesale Fruit Market has been accorded the status of a Grade 2 Historic Building.

To order the stamps visit the Hong Kong Post website.

(image copyright Hong Kong Post)

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