Hong Kong spring flowers

Spring has sprung in Hong Kong and apart from a few gray and slightly wet days, the weather has been lovely – high 20s, sunny, not very humid. I wish it would stay like this all summer! Instead we have the usual very hot, very humid weather to look forward to…

But for now we must make the most of the beautiful weather, and enjoy the lovely flowers that have opened up everywhere. Hong Kong is in bloom!

I’ve had fun taking some photos, but please excuse my terrible lack of horticultural knowledge, I have no idea what most of them are!

Firstly, my Chinese New Year orchid is still going strong (with my curly bamboo in the background, in case you were confused!)

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I think this is bougainvillea – it’s everywhere and it’s glorious!

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Massive orange flowers in a tree (looking down on the tree from a flyover)

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Yellow flowers in another tree

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…and some other flowers I have no idea about…

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Aren’t they all so pretty?! I do love this time of year!

Thanks for reading!

Rachel

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Chinese New Year in Hong Kong

Kung Hey Fat Choy!

Chinese New Year (CNY) was enjoyed by everyone in Hong Kong because there were 3 public holidays on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday which made a 5 day weekend! In actual fact, CNY lasts for 15 days so it’s still ongoing but many businesses have opened again and most people are back to work now.

I found CNY here to be a little more low-key than I was expecting. It’s normally a time when families spend time together, and there weren’t that many big events on. I found this article gave a really useful summary of CNY to the lay person (e.g. British expats!).

On CNY Eve (Saturday), we went to the flower market in Victoria Park. This was a massive market where people bought flowers and other decorations for their homes. This picture only shows about half the market!

Victoria Park flower market

Citrus trees are apparently very auspicious so there were plenty to choose from.

Orange trees at Chinese New Year flower market

These strange looking fruit are called solanum mammosum, and they are apparently a type of citrus fruit too (to me they look like knobbly lemons!):

Solanum mammosum Chinese New Year decorations

And here are some more solanum mammosum arranged in a very impressive display:

Solanum mammosum display

There were loads of other types of flowers to choose from too, including the most orchids I’ve ever seen in one place…

Orchids at Victoria Park flower market

…and loads of brightly coloured chrysanthemums (we couldn’t resist buying a few of these for our home)

Brightly coloured chrysanthemums

On Monday there was a fireworks display so we wandered down to the newly renovated waterfront at Admiralty which had a great view and wasn’t too crowded. It also gave us a view of some of the CNY lights on the skyscrapers:

Hong Kong Chinese New Year lights

I was a little bemused that many of the buildings had minor tweaks to change their lights from Christmas-themed designs to CNY! I’m pretty sure this little fellow used to look a lot more like Santa…

POAD Chinese New Year decorations

The fireworks display itself was very impressive, lasting about 23 minutes and kept up a constant stream of fireworks throughout. Here’s a few photos:

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So that was our Chinese New Year! Overall a pretty relaxing and very enjoyable time to be in Hong Kong. Plus, you could get around really quickly because there was hardly any traffic!

Thanks for reading!

Rachel