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A-Z Guidebook: Yuen Po Bird Garden, Hong Kong

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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.

bird cages at Yuen Po St Bird Garden in Hong Kong

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.

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  • Jan Rhoades June 15, 2017, 9:08 am

    We happened on this street by accident last time I was in Hong Kong. I loved the birds and their owners. So very proud. But I especially loved all the flower and plant shops, in particular, those that sold plants in beautiful ceramic planters/pots. Some of the bonsai plants were amazing. And many were very, very old. A very interesting visit.

  • sherry from sherrys pickings June 21, 2017, 12:31 pm

    it is a bit sad that the birds are in tiny cages but clearly they are well loved. we were in hong kong years ago but didnt come across this intriguing garden. we found many other intriguing and amazing things tho as you do!

  • Joy @MyTravelingJoys June 21, 2017, 3:58 pm

    Very interesting! There’s actually an old bird pazar in Istanbul that I’ve written about before. What is it with older men and their birds? 😉 Some of the pretty birds sold for a pretty penny too!

  • retrostuart June 21, 2017, 9:52 pm

    Another interesting corner of Hong Kong that contrasts with the glitzy side.

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