New Issue: Hong Kong’s iconic shopping streets featured on six-stamp set

A set of special stamps celebrating “Hong Kong Shopping Streets” was issued by Hong Kong Post on Sept. 19.

Lauded as a shopping paradise, Hong Kong is home to many distinctively themed shopping streets. This six-stamp set is an introduction to some of these shopping spots with quintessentially local flavours. A visit to these shopping streets is both a treasure hunt and a journey into the unique local history and culture.

$1.70 – Goldfish Market
The Goldfish Market is located on Tung Choi Street in Mong Kok. Shops in the market are festooned 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.

$2.20 – Chinese Medicine Street
Ko Shing Street, just off Des Voeux Road West in Sheung Wan, is the century-old Chinese Medicine Street, which is also 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.

$2.90 – Jade Market
Located at the junction of Kansu Street and Battery Street in Yau Ma Tei, the Jade Market houses hundreds of jade stalls offering a rich variety of merchandise in all price ranges. Glossy and fine jade pieces in different shades, seen as symbols of longevity and good health, are hugely popular with customers.

$3.10 – Kitchenware Street
There is a cluster of kitchenware wholesalers on a section of Shanghai Street in Yau Ma Tei. They sell all manner 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.

$3.70 – Flower Market
For those into horticulture and floral art, the Flower Market in Mong Kok is worth a visit. The streets of the Flower Market are lined with nearly a hundred 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.

$5 – Yau Ma Tei Wholesale Fruit Market
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.

STAMP SPECIFICATIONS

Designer Clement YICK
Printer Joh. Enschedé B.V., the Netherlands
Process Lithography
Stamp Size 60 mm by 28 mm
Stamp Layout Pane of 25 stamps
Souvenir Sheet Size 195 mm by 95 mm
Perforation 13.25 by 12.75 (one elliptical perforation on each vertical)
Paper Paper with security fibres
Date of Issue Sept. 19, 2017
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