The beautiful birdcage

The range of birdcages in Hong Kong is astounding: there are ones taller than myself, round, temple-shaped and bamboo ones hand-crafted to perfection. Empty ones make unusual decoration as a standalone feature piece. As I think about all these varied hues and the stainless steel ones made with different Chinese detailing (anything from long life to double happiness), I want to buy all of them but take the view that keeping a home filled with birdcages would probably leave me with little floor or ceiling space. Don’t forget to grab a few of the hand-painted porcelain water dishes – not sure what you can do with them yet but they do look so pretty. If you head to the Bird Market at Yuen Po Street, Mongkok, Kowloon you can see man and bird walking side by side. The elderly Chinese men make their feathered friends all preened again while chatting or playing mahjong with their friends. 

If you’re looking for a ceramic birdcage head to Wah Tung China Arts, 16/F, Cheung Fat Building, 7-9 Hill Road, Western District, Hong Kong, +852 2873 2272 for hand-painted ceramic ones. Hang them or perch them on a shelf and place an arrangement of tea-light candles in them at night. For ginger lily scented tea-light candles head to Muji. 

Artland Gallery, G/F 55A Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong. +852 8584994, speacialize in vintage bamboo birdcages that are true objects of art. 


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