Happy Chinese New Year!
Trip Start Feb 02, 2007
17Trip End Mar 16, 2007
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Kung Hei Fat Choy! (Happy Chinese New Year!)
It is the Lunar Year of the Pig! I wish everyone Happiness and Good Fortune!
I was able to take part in Hong Kong's traditional Flower Market Fair at Victoria Park in Causeway Bay. I'm glad I went fairly early because the longer I stayed, the more crowded it got and boy, if you're claustrophobic, you might have had a problem. It was something to experience but I wouldn't want to be there all the time. The biggest thing about the fair that I could see was all the balloons everywhere. There were so many different shapes and not your typical ones either. They had knife and fork shapes, sword and shield shapes, fruit and vegetable shapes and the most popular ones of course were the Pigs. It was Pigs galore there. It was pretty funny to see.
Since I got there early, I had lunch and was able to enjoy some HK Fair food! It's not your typical fair food mind you, but it was pretty good. To be honest I wasn't too sure what certain foods I ingested part of the time. But the curry flavored octopus(?) was pretty tasty. Have a look at some of the foods and snacks they had at the Fair. (see pics)
I knew my Mom would have like the Flower Market if she would have been able to come. There was no shortage of flowers or tangerine trees at the market. The big thing about the flowers and tangerines were to bring luck and lasting relationships to families for the new year.
Well, the crowds were getting ridiculous now so I thought I'd experiment and leave my camera movie going as I walked around. Unfortunately, I had to turn it vertically to make my way thru the masses and I can't rotate the file, so you may have to turn your head to watch the show. This was up close and personal that's for sure. I'm glad I had deodorant on.
After leaving Victoria Park, I was on my way back to my apartment and decided to head to another park along the way. Hong Kong Park is in Admiralty and I wanted to check it out to see how different it was. Boy, talk about a change in elbow room. I think everyone else was at the Flower Market because it was nice to walk around freely in HK Park. It's a very peaceful place even though the highrises shadow the backgrounds of the park. There are a number of things to do there like the Aviary. I wanted to see the bird sanctuary but unfortunately, it was closed due to the recent "bird flu" issues they have mentioned in the past. Another thing that was there was the SARS Memorial dedicated to the science team that worked hard to find a cure for the outbreak. There were 7 team members named on the memorial who all died in 2003. It was nice to see.
The day was long but it was a successful trip. At the end, I decided not to eat out but I did go grocery shop for vegetables (yes Mom I'm eating them) BUT I couldn't help but get one of my favorite dishes, Roast Duck! Usually duck is a delicacy and expensive but I went ahead and got half a duck and you know how much it cost me? $30 HK dollars! That's $3.84 US dollars for half a duck! Wow...talk about cheap! So Stan...sorry you couldn't be here to enjoy the duck with me but I got enough for a couple of days! LOL
All in all, The whole day costs me roughly $400 HK dollars (that's about $51 US dollars). That includes traveling (train or tram), food and souvenirs, so it wasn't so bad. Well, Week 2 has come and gone. I will be trying to attend the Cathay Night Parade tomorrow in Kowloon so expect more pictures later...I hope.
Until next time! Happy Pig Year!