Date
23 October 2018
The flower market is one of the attractions of the  Lunar New Year holidays. People go there to buy food, flowers and other items or simply to enjoy the atmosphere. Photo: RTHK
The flower market is one of the attractions of the Lunar New Year holidays. People go there to buy food, flowers and other items or simply to enjoy the atmosphere. Photo: RTHK

Power cut hits Lunar New Year flower market

A power outage sent the Lunar New Year flower market in Victoria Park to an inauspicious start on Sunday.

The market, which lasts a week, is one of the holiday’s main attractions. People go there to stock up on food, buy plants and decorations for their homes, or just to enjoy the atmosphere, RTHK reports.

The power cut lasted nearly six hours, and some businesses, which have paid large sums of money for the right to trade there, had to operate in the dark.

One flower seller reportedly complained that customers could not see the plants that were on sale. Another, which used refrigeration, said items had been spoiled.

Government staff managed to locate the problem, which was in the fair’s meter room. Power was restored shortly before 9 p.m.

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