Lunar New Year, Hong Kong

Spending Lunar New Year in Hong Kong is an outstanding experience. The dragon dancers can be seen everywhere, writhing to the energetic drum beats, blessing businesses for a prosperous year to come. Every home and building is decorated with pink, red and the ubiquitous orange tree. In the foyer of a neighbouring hotel, we found the most detailed ginger sculpture, an homage to the new year to come. Visiting the largest temple in Hong Kong on Lunar New Year is an exercise in patience and not for the feint of heart nor the claustrophobic, with huge crowds pushing to be among the very first to pay their tribute at midnight. I visited later in the morning, but even then, the crowds were large, yet cooperative, everyone taking time and making room for each other.

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