Hongkong Post announced today (September 4) the issue of a set of special stamps on the theme "Hong Kong Shopping Streets", together with associated philatelic products, on September 19 (Tuesday).
Lauded as a shopping paradise, Hong Kong is home to many distinctively themed shopping streets. This set of six stamps on "Hong Kong Shopping Streets" issued by Hongkong Post is an introduction to some of these shopping spots with their quintessentially local flavours. A visit to these shopping streets is both a treasure hunt and a journey into their unique local history and culture.
In Mong Kok, shops in the Goldfish Market (denomination of $1.70) are festooned with different kinds of fish contained in plastic bags hanging in rows, while those in the Flower Market (denomination of $3.70) are filled with a wide array of products including fresh local flowers, many of which are from countries around the world, as well as artificial flowers and potted plants. Chinese Medicine Street (denomination of $2.20) in Sheung Wan is over a century old and remains a major Chinese herbal medicine wholesale centre in Hong Kong. In Yau Ma Tei, the Jade Market (denomination of $2.90) houses hundreds of jade stalls offering a rich variety of merchandise in all price ranges, while the wholesalers in Kitchenware Street (denomination of $3.10) 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. Yau Ma Tei Wholesale Fruit Market (denomination of $5) is the major wholesale fruit market in Hong Kong and has been accorded Grade 2 Historic Building status.
To echo the stamp theme, the borders of the stamp sheets are embellished by patterns of products characteristic of these shopping streets.
Official first day covers at $1.30 each will be on sale at all post offices from tomorrow (September 5). The stamps and associated philatelic products will be displayed at the General Post Office, Tsim Sha Tsui Post Office, Tsuen Wan Post Office, Sha Tin Central Post Office and Tuen Mun Central Post Office from the same day. Advance orders for servicing self-provided covers will be accepted at all philatelic offices from tomorrow to September 11.
Information about this special stamp issue and associated philatelic products is available on the Hongkong Post website at www.hongkongpost.hk and via the Hongkong Post mobile app.