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.