Trouble in Hong Kong…

an outsider's perspective of hong kong

yes to parades

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chinese new year is the best time of the year for any kid. most of my chinese new year memories as a child revolved around firecrackers – before they were officially banned. i have fond memories of chinese new year. there were so many reasons to be happy because we were so simple then.

my chinese new year staples were jackie chan movies, white rabbit sweets and coke. i don’t know if many of you remember this but back then jackie chan releases only one movie a year( one good one) and it was usually during chinese new year. going to the cinema and watching his movie was the thing i looked forward to every year.  it was a common thing to see people glued to their seats right until the end of the end of the movie. it was those little things that made my childhood so nostalgic.

in recent years, i don’t remember doing anything anymore for chinese new year. i just let it pass without trying. many people tell me, chinese new year in hong kong is the bomb and i am like – really? i don’t do anything. i don’t gamble, i don’t like to be stuck on the streets with tourists.

and that is why i am so glad we did something this year. we managed to get tickets to watch the chinese new year parade – thanks to hong kong tourism board and i must add  – fantastic tickets right at the very start of the parade. i think i kicked started the year of the bunny on a good note !!!!!

i found a wong fei hung bunny

the performances were really good actually

some of the floats were a bit of a let-down especially the macau and hainan island ones. seriously, i thought the macau one looked like a funeral car. zero points for creativity and initiative

one of my favorites of the night was this trojan rabbit

with so much experience under their belt - can you expect any less from hk disney?

with so much experience under their belt - can you expect any less from hk disney?

the closing performance - i was so wow-ed

speaking of floats and parades – hk disneyland had recently unveiled their new parade at the park. it is so much better than the last one. they have the new toy story float- one of my favorites because i am such a big fan of the cartoon. i like that they invite people in the audience to join in the new dances and games. with all the new attractions and rides that are coming to the park, i feel that it is time to visit disneyland again soon.

i want a buzz light year costume tooo....


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  1. I’m glad to see your Chinese New Year has been a fun-filled one. I have to say, though, Chinese festivities in Hong Kong has been taking on a more diluted flavour year after year. I recall from years bygone (despite not being in HK much, I should add) that Chinese festivals were very strong in Chinese flavour. To me, those were the days and they’re pretty much gone for me.


    February 5, 2011 at 5:21 pm

  2. what do you mean by chinese festivals were really strong in chinese flavor?


    February 6, 2011 at 7:58 am

    • It’s hard to explain. I don’t know, it’s just that Chinese festivals of the past were more ‘Chinese’ to me. I can’t put a finger on it … maybe I should blog about that???


      February 6, 2011 at 9:05 am

  3. we need to have coffee mr. i guess i kinda know what you mean – if i am guessing right. do you feel that the whole world has been mcdonald-ized? it’s just that i have been traveling a fair bit.i realized shit we all listen to the same type of music, read the same type of books.. it’s like chinese new year is all about shopping now.. not the fun bits like before….


    February 6, 2011 at 9:25 am

  4. unfortunately the way i see it. we don’t need 9 billion people in the world. we need 9 billion consumers…. all said and done, there are things i am happy to consume!!!!


    February 6, 2011 at 11:02 am

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