Replica bun towers
The Bun Festival is THE highlight in the island’s calendar. Occurring annually around the time of Lord Buddha’s birthday, the Bun Festival attracts around 100,000 people to the island. For 3 days the island is vegetarian, including McDonald’s, which is the only one in HK to have a vegetarian menu during this time. No meat is sold in the market, and the butchers enjoy a well-deserved holiday. Read more
A couple of weeks ago over Chinese New Year, when the temperature dropped suddenly, I went for my first proper ‘exploratory’ walk of Cheung Chau.
Dried goods shop
Salted duck eggs
Old poster shop
Homeless : Gough St
The PRC are celebrating 60 years of Communism and today we all get a public holiday. Coupled with Mid-Autumn Festival in a couple of days time, people are feeling decidedly festive. Read more
Lantern Festival : Autumn
It’s hard to believe that a year has already passed since I wrote about the Lantern Festival letdown of 2009. The commercialism and the terrible plastic monstrosities that pass as lanterns these days – inflatable helicopters and Thomas the Tank Engine ugliness, blaring out tinny music. I vowed that no child of mine was going to have one of them…
The original title of this post was ‘The Letdown that was Lantern Festival’ but that wouldn’t have been right. The whole night was great until Victoria Park.
For a short while, J and I moved into a serviced apartment right at the edge of Wanchai Market. The roof of the building had an amazing viewing deck where you get a great view of the buildings and hills. Wanchai is still one of my favourite areas of Hong Kong, retaining so much of its market and bustle character, despite the gentrification of some parts of it.
This was originally posted in November 2009. Please see the end for an update on the story.
Bird cage pavilion on the roof
Today we woke up very early. R was up at 3am, J and I at 5 (why??), so we decided to start our day and were out the door by 7, and wandering round the back alleys of Wanchai. I had always wanted to go and see where the haunted house of Wanchai was, so I took R up to Ship Street and we climbed the old steps to as high as we could go.