Picture This: Tonic Food & Dried Seafood Streets in Hong Kong

Famous for ancient Chinese medicines, traditional herbal remedies, and tonic foods such as $5,000-per-pound bird’s nests, Hong Kong’s Wing Lok and Ko Shing Streets are bursting with wonderful oddities.

And trust us, that’s the tame stuff!

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The trolleys are affectionately known as ding dings in Hong Kong, China

A whole fleet of double decker street cars rolls endlessly back and forth along the north shore of Hong Kong Island, which is the most bustling part of the city.

The trolleys are affectionately known as “ding dings” for the bells they seem to be constantly ringing.

Tonic Food Street, Hong Kong, China

Because the fare for these wonderful old trolleys is also a mere pittance, we jumped on and off several times, whenever something caught our eye.

Toward the western end of the line, we bailed out at Queen Street.

This area is famous for ancient Chinese medicines, traditional herbal remedies, and tonic foods such as ginseng and bird’s nest.

Shaping the birds nests on tonic food street in Hong Kong
Shaping the bird’s nests

Jars of Birds Nests on Tonic Food Street, Hong Kong

These are real nests, taken from swiftlets, and can cost up to $5,000 a pound.

Needless to say, we did not make a purchase.

We wandered up and down Wing Lok and Ko Shing Streets looking into shop after shop filled with strange and exotic items that are believed to promote health, vigor, and long life.

Deer antler at tonic food street in Hong Kong
Deer Antler (with skull)

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Deer fetus on Tonic Food Street, Hong Kong
Deer Fetus

Dried animal on a stick on Tonic Food Street in Hong Kong

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Close by is Des Voeux Road, known as Dried Seafood Street. We were amazed by the offerings, truly works of art, every one.

Beautiful jars of abalone at Dried Seafood Street in Hong Kong

Offerings on Dried Seafood Street in Hong Kong, China

The nearby Queen Street Rest Garden also focuses on health in a beautiful setting.

The Queen Street Rest Garden in Hong Kong

The Queen Street Rest Garden in Hong Kong

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The Queen Street Rest Garden in Hong Kong

Also at the markets…

Dragon fruit in Hong Kong, China
Dragon fruit

Mangosteen  in Hong Kong, China
Mangosteen

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