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Sales at Lunar New Year Fairs fail to match pre-pandemic level


Hong Kong’s biggest Lunar New Year's Fair at Victoria Park is selling hot food and dry goods again after four years of restrictions, but some vendors said sales are not as good as they were before the pandemic.

The fairs launched on Sunday at 15 locations across the city, such as Kwai Chung and Kwun Tong, are surrounded by crowds.

The government implements real-time control measures at Lunar New Year fairs across Hong Kong.

Candice Li Man-shuen, a vendor selling dog accessories who joined the fair several years before the pandemic, said the atmosphere was less lively than she had expected.

“People are here today mainly because it is Sunday and there are other nearby events, but they didn’t come here intentionally,” Li added.

Li Man-shuen said the dog costume of the “God of Wealth” is the most popular among customers.

Wong Kin-fan, a vendor from the mochi stall who has had a stall at the fair for several years, had sold half of her mochi by the afternoon of the first day. That brought her roughly HK$10,000 in sales revenue by the afternoon of the first day.  

“Sales aren’t what they were before 2020,” Wong said. “However, the rental cost of the stall is correspondingly low. My boss decided to return to this fair again because it is cheaper.”

Wong Kin-fan is not that confident towards the coming days’ sales, worrying people are less willing to spend money.

Shirley Lau, 51, a local retailer visiting the fair every year, said there were fewer fast food stalls than before COVID-19.

According to the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department, the size of the fast food stalls in 2019 was 56.48 square metres, compared to 40 square metres this year at Victoria Park.

Liu Wing-ting, currently working in the hospitality industry, said she felt the variety of goods and food at this fair was less compared to last time when there were fast food stalls.

Liu Wing-ting spends HK$100 on barbecued octopus. “I think the price is acceptable.”

Liu has visited Lunar New Year fairs many times in other districts, but it’s her first time at Victoria Park. She thought people weren’t buying much on opening day.

“Maybe on the first day, people just come here to take a look. People may come again on the last day when prices go down,” Liu added.

《The Young Reporter》

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