This is a picture of... lotus buds bundled for sale.
At the time I took this ChinaSnap! I was... at the Hong Kong flower market in Mong Kok. (Want to go yourself? Take the MTR to Prince Edward Station Exit B1, then walk along Prince Edward Road West towards the railway station, about 15 minutes.)
I remember that... I had to bargain hard for my blossoms and other trinkets! Markets never fails to be an opportunity to get a deal and a mental workout. Whether you are in Beijing's six-story Xiu Shui, a rural food stall, or a pedi-cab in Tibet, there's room to negotiate.
This qualifies as a ChinaSnap! because... lotus flowers are seen throughout Chinese art and culture. The lotus symbolizes purity and romantic love, as well as strength in adversity. And markets where you can bargain? That's absolutely Chinaful.
I promised in this post that a giveaway from Hong Kong's Goods of Desire was coming - and today's the day! Last time I was in Hong Kong I picked up a secret weapon to aid any beginning bargainer.
To enter this giveaway:
- One - Like Chinaful on Facebook (if you have already, you're good to go!)
- Two - Share a link to Chinaful on your Facebook page or Twitter
- Three - Leave a Comment with your email address and what you'd love to bargain for if given the chance
The one lucky Chinaful reader to win the secret prize will be announced August 3. Good luck!