油麻地果欄 fruit market, yau ma tei

2014.9.13 | 油麻地果欄 fruit market, yau ma tei

fruit market sep14

大家想到果欄,大抵腦中先浮現晚間車水馬龍,推車、搬運工人喧鬧穿梭的情景。

我卻蠻常日間探訪這珍異的老舊小王國,而且喜歡他在光天化日下獨特的情韻。

首先面臨上海街的舖頭,白天是開門做生意。中間有一兩檔會賣菜,還有婆婆擺地攤賣下欄(有瑕疵)生果。無論好天下雨,這段路面都有客人的座駕停泊。店主客人都忙碌搬出搬走盤盤的水果。除了婆婆地攤外,這裡看到的水果都是優質漂亮充滿光澤和香氣的。

除了感恩地感受活古董的日常脈搏,其實我很愛鑽果欄旁停車場的位置,尤其是天氣好的日子。很喜愛欣賞那些晚上繁忙幹活的「架撐」日間齊整地在這地方休養生息,包括貨車、(偶爾看到的)工人,還有那些實淨簡樸的貨物層架,秩序井然地且有色彩地好好站崗。

love the vigorous images of movers and trolleys buzzing and dashing around when the midnight oil burns at the fruit market. but those are the images i saw on tv and documentaries. so far i haven’t got a chance to visit this place at night, its real working hours.

i however visit this place once in a while during daytime. it is calmer one could imagine, but don’t make a mistake thinking it is a sleeping corner under the daylight. shops fronting shanghai street operate and busy in the afternoons. cars are parking next to the street, and shop owners and customers keep getting out and taking away trays of beautiful, lush and fragrant fruits.

there is another corner of the fruit market i adore. the truck car park next to it. it smells like a sleeping tiger as the trucks and shelves and partitions you could imagine sweating and hardworking at night are now resting quietly here.

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