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Hong Kong

Neih hoh, Trackers! I am in Hong Kong, a city on the southern coast of China.

I actually picked a very good time to visit Hong Kong: during the Chinese New Year celebrations! The Chinese New Year is the most important holiday in China. It begins on the first day of the traditional Chinese calendar (It is different than the calendar we use in America) and lasts for 15 days.

Each year of the Chinese calendar is declared “the year of” a different type of animal. This year, for example, is the year of the rabbit:

The other 11 animals are: the rat, ox, tiger, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. You may be interested in what animal represents the year you were born:

If you were born between January 24, 2001 and February 11, 2002, it was the year of the snake.

If you were born between February 12, 2002 and January 1, 2003, it was the year of the horse.

(It can get confusing, so if you are still not sure what Chinese calendar year you were born in, ask Mrs. Williams. She can help!)

There were also orange trees everywhere! Orange trees are a sign of good luck to the Chinese. People buy them for the celebrations.

I got to see the annual Chinese New Year parade up close. It was so exciting!

What you see me pictured with are lion dancers. It is a traditional dance in China. Those may not look like lion costumes to you, but that is what they are!

These are dragon dancers. You have to be really coordinated and in sync along with everybody else on controlling the dragon. Doesn’t it look amazing?

I even got a red envelope! The Chinese give red envelopes as gifts during the holidays. It has money inside, and the envelope itself represents good luck!

There were giant balloons like the ones you would see in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade:

The night after the parade there were fireworks, and I have to add, they were the best fireworks I have ever seen! Usually I just see one firework set off at a time. In Hong Kong, they set off an entire row of them! It was so crowded that I didn’t have the best view, but I still managed:

Besides the Chinese New Year festivities, I had a fantastic time exploring Hong Kong. I stayed in an area called Mong Kok. There were lots of restaurants and tons of shopping. It reminded me a lot of Times Square in New York with all the electronic billboards and lit up signs.

(That’s my friend Christy. She really liked Mong Kok!)

I saw the largest outdoors bronze sitting Buddha statue in the world. It is called the Tian Tan Buddha:

I visited a traditional Chinese garden called the Nan Lian Garden. Look how beautiful it is:

The food in China is delicious! I went to a really good restaurant called Tim Ho Wan. I had dim sum, which are small dishes of food that everyone at the table shares. I had pork buns, and all sorts of dumplings with meat and vegetable inside.

A visit to the Hong Kong Museum of History was a must. I saw an amazing exhibit on the folk culture:

Finally, I took a tram up to one of the mountain peaks. You should know that not only  is Hong Kong made up of several islands and a peninsula, but it is very mountainous. I had a great view of the city from the peak:

Now off to Japan. Until next time…

One Response to “Hong Kong”

  1. Ms. Williams' Class Says:

    WOW!!! The food looks really good. Some of us thought the dragons in the parade and the masks in the museum looked a little scary. We thought they were neat!!! We noticed some numbers on the signs in the picture of Christy. We have been studying them and were excited to see them. The garden looked very pretty. We wish we could be there with you. The last picture taken on top of the peak makes Hong Kong look like New York City and Chicago. We can’t wait to see and read about Japan. We can’t wait until you come and visit us.
    Until next time, Flat Stanley…

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