Hong Kong

Dragon boat races 2014

The Tuen Ng Festival falls on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month - which is June 2 this year, a public holiday. Some celebrations will already start early, for instance the Dragon Boat Festival will be celebrated on Sunday June 1 in Discovery Bay and also in Tai O. But most of the… Continue reading Dragon boat races 2014

HK Island, Hong Kong

Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance 2013 – Part 2

After yesterday's post about the dragon getting ready, it's time to show the dragon in full swing! The only problem with that is that there were too many people on Wun Sha road (and we had not queued up for hours), so once it was 9pm and the dragon was dancing, there was no way… Continue reading Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance 2013 – Part 2

HK Island, Hong Kong

Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance 2013 – Part 1

Celebrating mid-autumn here in Hong Kong really is great - there are lots of beautiful lantern decorations everywhere and the choice of moon cakes is almost mind-blowing. But the most beautiful and amazing part of the celebrations is the Fire Dragon Dance in Tin Hau. It is only on three nights per year - this… Continue reading Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance 2013 – Part 1

Hong Kong

Ghost Month in Hong Kong

Last week of one my regular hiking fellows commented that he won't join my next night hikes. I asked him why, and he said that the ghost month is coming up and he believes you should not be out in the wildlife at night time. The ghost month started yesterday (August 7, 2013), it falls… Continue reading Ghost Month in Hong Kong

Hong Kong, Outlying Islands

Dragon Boat Day in Discovery Bay

Today is a public holiday to celebrate the Qu Yuan, poet and statesman of the Chu kingdom during the Warring States period. He committed suicide by drowning in a river. People remember him in different ways, but the most common ones are the dragon boat races and rice dumplings. What is the origin of these… Continue reading Dragon Boat Day in Discovery Bay

Hong Kong

It’s almost time for the dragon boats

Tomorrow is the big race day for the Dragon boats, and the teams in Discovery Bay have been practising many Sundays in the Nim Shue Wan Bay next to our apartment block. The dragon boat races are held on Wednesday 12th June 2013, which is called Tuen Ng day and there will be several races… Continue reading It’s almost time for the dragon boats


More gassho-zukuri houses in Shirakawa-go

After our brief visit to Ainokura we travelled to Shirakawa-go, the largest village with gassho-zukuri houses. We first stopped at the Shiroyama Tenshukaku view point to glance over the village with its old style houses with those large triangular roofs. It is a very pretty sight, all year round. Probably even more so in autumn… Continue reading More gassho-zukuri houses in Shirakawa-go