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Chinese New Year Cartoon Lanterns in Hong Kong
As Chinese New Year approaches (February 14th) decorative preparations have already begun anywhere and everywhere public in Hong Kong. At Shatin Central Park, the end next to the bridge over the Shing Mun River is paved over (incorporating water features) and like last year (or perhaps annually), has been populated with large Chinese lantern characters.


I took some photos late afternoon, just after the lanterns switched on and though there are alot of them, the displays still haven't been finished yet.

Hong Kong Shopping Mall Seasonal Displays
In Shatin's New Town Plaza shopping mall, they've just put up yet another massive display in the "main hall" - the largest open area in the complex which happens to be viewable from the entrance to the mall from the Shatin MTR station.


These displays, which must have cost a bomb by Hong Kong standards, appear every time there's a possible reason (seasonal, events, sponsored exhibition etc) and its not just Shatin, but most other large malls it seems. We see what happens in the Shatin New Town Plaza regularly as we go to the Physical gym there.

Eating in Yuen Long
Out in the north western New Territories sits Yuen Long, a New Town that was on our list to visit purely to continue on via bus to Lau Fau Shan, an oyster gathering and fishing village a few kilometres away.


However, we found ourselves there this evening as some of our UK friends visiting Hong Kong were staying there. Since we went on a Saturday evening, the town was pretty busy with people out to eat.

Tame Wild Bird in the New Territories
One day, just before we left Hong Kong to visit Singapore and Malaysia, we found this fella hanging around our front yard.


At first, we thought he was injured as he didn't fly away when we approached him, but something else must have been up as there didn't seem to be anything visibly wrong, physically. He didn't even flinch when our hands went near.

Seen in Hong Kong - Miniature Red Roast Birds
Restaurants brandishing red roast duck, goose and various kinds of bbq pork in their windows are as familiar a sight in worldwide Chinatowns as they are in Hong Kong on every street corner. But how about these little dudes?


We caught sight of these mini roast birds in the window of an establishment in Tai Po and haven't seen them anywhere else since. They're kinda dinky but not really cute when considered for people's consumption. The way the hanging rod is just jammed through their heads is also a little gross.

I thought these birds might be ducklings or gooselings and after we asked one of the staff what they were, I still don't know! They were called something like fa gnorr juerk which I translate as flower goose bird, though I'm probably wrong. Anyone know what these are?
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