Tuesday, February 15, 2011

ABC Wednesday: E is for Excursion in Victoria Harbor

We went to Hong Kong on Friday, February 6.  There were two reasons for the trip.  One is to attend the wedding of Grace's niece.  She already had a formal wedding in LA, but came back to Hong Kong, her birth place, to have a wedding banquet for all her relatives and friends.  For a very long time, the ceremony of the wedding banquet is more important than the formal registration to the local magistrate.  Thus a man can be charged for marrying twice, simply because he has a wedding banquet with another women other than his wife.  It has happened quite often to Taiwan merchants doing business in China.

The second reason for the visit is to visit Grace's parents in Hong Kong.  They have been living in Hong Kong for over 20 years to be closeby to their youngest daughter, who married to Hong Kong.  Chinese New Year was February, 5 this year.  It is the Chinese tradition that married daughter should go back to visit her parents' home on the second day of the New Year.

The newly wed invited us and many of her friends to have an excursion in the Victoria Harbor.  We had fantastic view of the Hong Kong cityscape on the boat.  But the real highlight is to see the Hong Kong Chinese New Year firework.

We have never seen fireworks from the boat before.  As you can imagine, there were a lot of boats on the water, from giant cruise ships, smaller yachts to typical Hong Kong junks.

The added advantage of viewing the fireworks from the water was that we also had a fantastic view of the reflection of the fireworks from the water.

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7 comments:

Wanda said...

What a wonderful tour and marvelous fireworks. What a nice Wedding celebration... Congrats to the newlyweds.

Roger Owen Green said...

sounds like my kind of trip!
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Martha said...

Wow! Such beautiful photographs.
I love fireworks.

Paula Scott said...

Oh, my! Absolutely lovely! Great photos as always and I love the reflection of the fireworks in the water. Mesmerizing.

helenmac said...

what a great traditions you took part in and then the incredible fireworks in the harbor. I am envious. Thanks for the extraordinary photos!
HelenMac, ABC Wednesday TEma

chubskulit said...

Simply beautiful!

E is for Eyes that Glow

photowannabe said...

How exciting to be able to see all the fireworks from the water. Great shots and how nice that you could visit with family.

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