Hundreds of shoppers on Monday flocked to Hong Kong’s largest seasonal flower market, the first since the border with mainland China reopened, but vendors said they were pessimistic regarding sales amid a period with a weak economic outlook.

Visitors turned out for the first day of the week-long Lunar New Year Fair at Victoria Park despite the chilly weather, including mainland arrivals who came to the city after the resumption of quarantine-free travel last week.

“I just came here after the mainland-Hong Kong border was reopened. My husband is obsessed with the Lunar New Year flower market here, so I came with him this year,” said Shu Xin, 41, a Shenzhen-based financial officer.

The trip to Hong Kong was also a day of firsts for Shu since she had never visited the fair before and was also celebrating the holiday in Hong Kong with her husband and child for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic began in January 2020.