A Quiet CNY in Hong Kong

February 17, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Chinese New Year (CNY) in Hong Kong is actually pretty strange for me. Usually during CNY, I’d visit my relatives, collect red packets or “hung pau” from married relatives, play with my cousins, and watch CNY movies on television. This time I didn’t do any of those. My relatives are all in Malaysia (as that’s where I come from) and I chose not to fly back this time to see what Hong Kong’s CNY is like. The temples become alive with crowds and burning incense, while most family-run businesses close for the few days of CNY, and there are fireworks almost every night for the first few days of CNY. During the daytime, there’s the flower markets. There was even a large scale flower show in Victoria Park, Causeway Bay.

Causeway Bay : It has one of the most expensive rentals in the world, and the world’s busiest pedestrian crossing
Tequila shots @ Hotel LKF, Lan Kwai Fong : I remember my PBL facilitator chatting with us about how Lan Kwai Fong is not a bad place. It’s what you make of it, that decides whether the experience was bad or not.
View from The Golden Bauhinia Square, Wanchai : It’s the place you see on TVB dramas, where the lead character goes to hang around when he/she is in a bad mood.
Victoria Park Road : CNY fireworks by the harbour. Splendid. Less crowded than TST I assume. Its definitely a better place to watch the fireworks than TST.
View of the Sheung Wan skyline
Old Police Station, Hollywood Road, Central
Wanchai : Sitting on the tram at night on the way back to hall
A quirky hobby of mine – visiting stationery shops all over Hong Kong

Overall, it was an interesting CNY experience. I went clubbing, visited temples, explored Hong Kong, watched fireworks, went nature-walking, hiking, etc. I walked around like crazy. I discovered loads of new places during my walks and it was really great. However, I think that CNY is best spent with your loved ones and with your relatives whom you don’t get to see all the time. :-)

So how did you spend your CNY?

Yr 1 BDS