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K-Market brings life to Kennedy Town during Mid-Autumn Festival

Since Friday, strings of lanterns have lit up Belcher Bay Promenade in Kennedy Town to welcome the Mid-Autumn Festival. Many of the visitors also brought their own lanterns.

Compared with last year's Mid-Autumn Festival, when Kennedy Town was quiet amid the pandemic, this year’s K-Market has brought life back to the district.l. Coinciding with the Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day, the K-Market will run from September 29 to October 2 from 3pm to 11pm. Entrance is free.

Long rows of lanterns light up Belcher Bay Promenade.

Jointly organized by the Development Bureau, Sketch Culture and SlainteHK, the fair is also known as the "Night Market and Music Festival". Several local bands and DJs transformed it into a music town from 4pm to 10pm. The festival includes around 60 retail booths, offering  dry goods and food stalls, free activity booths, handicraft workshops, and more.  

At around 9:30 PM, Hong Kong Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu arrived to inspect and feel the festive spirit.

 "I'm so happy to hear that there is something to buy and eat," said Lee. He asked visitors about their views on the K-Market and hope each place to be unique and popular.

John Lee Ka-Chiu and his entourage talk to the media at K-Market in Kennedy Town.

Lin Caiying, a mother of four from Foshan in Guangdong, chose Hong Kong as their family’s destination during the Mid-Autumn Festival. 

"I have always wanted to travel to Hong Kong, but I was unable to cross the border before," said Lin. "But when the border reopened this year, and we have seven days off because of the Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day, my husband and I decided to bring our children to see," she said.

"My kids made flower knots in a craft workshop and they love it. It’s the best Mid-Autumn Festival holiday for us," she said. Both kids were holding lanterns as souvenirs.

A family from Foshan takes photos at the K-Market.

With local bands and DJs taking turns to perform at the stage, the vibrant atmosphere attracted large crowds to participate in the festival. 

The band performs songs on the stage

"Tonight, I made nearly HKD 10,000 in just one evening," said Kathy Chow from Croatia, owner of a  crafts stall at K-Market. "I'm thrilled to see so many people enjoying my creations and appreciating the traditional patterns from Croatia."

"I started preparing these tie-dye clothes and hats more than a month ago. Today, seeing so many people come to purchase my creations, I feel a great sense of accomplishment," said Anna Lam, another vendor selling handmade crafts.

Anna hangs lanterns made by herself for her stall.

According to the Hong Kong Tourism Board, this year K- Market provides rent-free incentives for stall owners, aiming to support small businesses and artisanal brands, as well as boost the local economy and tourism sector.

"The most important thing is that people are happy. Where there are people, there will be wealth, " said Lee.


《The Young Reporter》

The Young Reporter (TYR) started as a newspaper in 1969. Today, it is published across multiple media platforms and updated constantly to bring the latest news and analyses to its readers.


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