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Y or Youth
Hong Kong has two distinct personalities. There’s flashy, upmarket Hong Kong Island full of money and international business deals. Then there’s Kowloon and the New Territories. A little more frayed around the edges, this is where the day to day business of the Territory is done.
On the edge of the fragrant wholesale flower district in Kowloon is an elevated park that runs alongside a rail line. This narrow tract of land is Yuen Po Bird Garden, a park where the local menfolk exercise their songbirds. It’s a convenient excuse for groups of generally older men to come together and talk, smoke and while away a few hours whilst their birds sing and sun themselves. Plain Jane local pigeons also benefit, visiting to peck at spilled seed.
It’s a little sad to see so many birds in small cages but they are certainly well loved. Each cage is spotless with beautiful porcelain water and food bowls attached. Their owners dote on their birds, feeding them crickets and taking the cages for turns around the park. A collection of bird and accessory shops have sprung up in the Yuen Po Bird Garden so proud owners can buy the latest cage styles for their tiny pets.
A little piece of old world Hong Kong in this busy metropolis.