Thursday, February 18, 2010

Tiger Year

Belated gong xi fa cai to everyone! We spent the first few days of the new year of the Tiger in Hong Kong with what seems like half the population of China! Seems that every year around this time, there is a mass exodus of mainland Chinese to the shopping paradise that is Hong Kong.

Armed with loads of RMB cash, they descend upon the malls of Hong Kong & Kowloon, showing the world that they are truly an economic force to be reckoned with. Lines formed outside designer boutiques like Gucci & Louis Vitton (LONG lines outside the latter!) on the second day of the new year, waiting to get in there to shop like there is no tomorrow.

The streets were massively crowded with shoppers, & everywhere I turned, I heard the familiar sounds of putonghua.

Despite the crowd, we had a good time, enjoying the "warm" weather (relative to Beijing, of course), the great food & vast shopping choices. I miss the variety of imported goods that we cannot find here in China :(.

May this new year be filled with good health, prosperity & success for all!

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