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Mid-Autumn Festival lanterns

Mid-Autumn Festival lanterns

If you are planning a vacation in Hong Kong around August / September time, it is worth checking the calendar to see if you can be here for the Mid Autumn Festival. Parks are filled with children carrying lanterns, which makes a very pretty scene. Traditional lanterns are made of paper, with small candles inside. You can still see plenty of them, but as these photos show, battery-powered inflatable "lanterns" are getting more and more common.

Surfers at Big Wave Bay

Surfers at Big Wave Bay

Here's an image you're less likely to associate with HK Island - surfers at Big Wave Bay near Shek O on the Eastern end of the island. It's not unsusal to find surfers at this beach, but it's quite unusual to see waves like this. Usually the surfers are just bobbing up and down in a very gentle swell, waiting in vain for "the big one".

Date picture taken (to nearest decade for older photos): 
2006
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Tai Chi fan

Tai Chi fan

Ladies in the morning, practicing their Tai Chi fan routines in the local park. Read more »

Hong Kong Hair

Hong Kong Hair

If you're coming to Hong Kong, and you're around six foot high or taller, expect to spend a lot of your time (in the MTR, on busy shopping streets, etc) staring out like this over a sea of black hair. The photo was taken at the Lo Wu crossing into China, where on busy days the queue seems to go on forever.

Chinese sausages

Chinese sausages

Definitely an acquired taste, that I have yet to acquire.

Date picture taken (to nearest decade for older photos): 
2006

Leaves near Ng Tung Chai

Leaves near Ng Tung Chai

These leaves covered the path down to Ng Tung Chai waterfall, and just after this point I startled a wild boar that ran off into the undergrowth. It's the only time I've seen one, but friends who live in the New Territories say they are not uncommon. You can see other photos from that hike here, and plenty more pictures of HK waterfalls here.

Chinese New Year decorations

Chinese New Year decorations

Hong Kong nightime view from the Peak

Hong Kong nightime view from the Peak

An essential stop on every visitor's itinerary, this is the nightime view looking out from the Peak across to Kowloon.

Fresh meat at the butcher's stall

Fresh meat at the butcher's stall
Date picture taken (to nearest decade for older photos): 
2006

Bamboo tunnel

Bamboo tunnel

Taken on the walk down from Tai Mo Shan, Hong Kong's highest peak.

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