June 12th 2013 - Dragon Boat day in Hong Kong

..and this is what the French eat! a brilliant street sign in Tai O and a smash and grab at a small jewellery store

 

 A dragon boat

A dragon boat

One of my least favourite days of the year, I love Chinese culture but I have never gotten into Dragon Boat racing (nor I have I got into rowing English style) I just think the whole thing is pretty pointless. 

Notwithstanding my personal preferences... this is a Dragon Boat as seen yesterday at Tai O (My second visit in 3 days!) and today in Hong Kong half of Hong Kong's population will head for watery places to watch the races. I will not. 

 Not even garlic butter sauce would make this edible

Not even garlic butter sauce would make this edible

I have never seen a snail up close and personal and now I have I could never, ever put one of these creatures in my mouth. simply disgusting and yet these are the poster boys and girls for French cuisine.

 Say it fast

Say it fast

This sign is situated right in front of a derelict building site at Tai O... well I think it's pretty funny but then again I have a small brain.

 smash and grab

smash and grab

I cannot remember the last time we had a smash and grab at a jewellery shop.. this was at a very small store at the back of the Hyatt Hotel / K11 building in TST, Kowloon WOW

 A temple at Tai O

A temple at Tai O

This temple at Tai O ticks all the boxes for a small temple, colourful, angry/smiling deities, incense coils, a fridge next to the gods and signs saying it has been there since 1757.

 Bank of China old headquarters next to HSBC

Bank of China old headquarters next to HSBC

A little bit of history, the old Bank of China opened for business in 1953 just 4 years after the Communist Revolution in 1949 and the bank functioned as a semi official mouthpiece for commie propaganda for many, many years.

 The Park Lane Hotel

The Park Lane Hotel

The Park Lane Hotel in Causeway Bay is historically one of our finest hotels but these days it really isn't on anyone's radar as it switched it's focus to catering to the Mainland Chinese tourist... I was in the lobby at 5pm yesterday and it was jam packed and in the image you will see the stereotypical Mainland Chinese family, repacking all their brand name purchases into new suitcases. 

The Park Lane probably has 99% occupancy as it is right in the heart of the shopping area frequented by a gazillion Mainland Chinese tourists each and every day. 


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Posted on June 12, 2013 .