“I hope the Pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams. I hope.” Honestly, the most beautiful view I’ve ever seen. I need to keep doing this travel stuff people are talking about. #shekobeach#hongkongisland
Every time I arrive in Hong Kong, I feel like this little fella - I loosely hold onto the railing, reluctant to admit that I need the support it provides. I get intimidated (as in - dignifiedly and obstinately upset) by the fact I am required to pay cash where I don’t expect to, that people and traffic dash in unforeseen directions and generally, that things don’t always operate in the manner I’m indoctrinated to believe they should. Once I do away with expectations, once I outgrow my stubborn indoctrinations, once I flush down the toilet the degree of passive-aggressiveness every Londoner is inevitably infected with, I begin to walk with a spring in my step, equipped with curiosity and wonder. Only then am I ready to admit that I no longer need the railing.
During the whole July of Chinese Lunar Calendar (this month August), you can see God of Flaming Face (Min Yin Tai Si) in bamboo theatre. Technically, Ghost Festival runs the whole month of August. In accordance with Chinese Mythology, the door of hell is opened for ghosts coming to earth to accept offerings by people living on earth in the form of burned paper offering incense in addition to unburned food and drink. Events held in bamboo theatre are dedicated to helping ghosts out of hell for their suffering. Cantonese Opera in the night time is meant to entertain the ghosts. But, the elderly in Hong Kong still watch the show on stage in the theatre.
The word "Hung Hei" (read from right to left) is actually derived from the word "Hung Fuk" which means "Huge Fortune". Locals in Hong Kong usually use these two words to celebrate and praise someone who is wealthy and their luck is as large as heaven. Among villages, this banner is pretty common and I guess the villager just simply put these two words on the porch wish their family members luck.
I bet you can find some of those in the villages when you pay a visit to Hong Kong 😎