what chinese new year celebrations in cheung chau. where to get info?

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  1. Cheung Chau at Chinese New Year – nothing special

    Hi John:

    Chinee New Year can be a very dull time here, if you’re not in/closely linked to a Chinese family – much of the "celebrating" is done in homes; think there’s even a day when it’s said to be best not to meet people, as if you do, will argue with them for rest of the year [not sure if remember right; are various dos and don’ts].
    Can get quieter than usual, with shops shutting for couple of days or more (wise to remember, and buy some stuff beforehand; tho can’t recall if supermarkets have lately taken to opening).

    I believe this is a major reason the tourism board started new year parade on HK Island: after tourists found it very dull time to be in Hong Kong.

    That said, the waterfront can be lively on first two days of Chinese New Year, with stalls opening along the Praya – sell toys (cheap ones; might be bargains), some clothes I think  fruit; also a few noodle stalls etc. People throng the area.

    I did pass your question to some folk who may know if anythong’s organised for this year; will post again if any reply. 

  2. cny
    hmm, because walking down on the waterfront there seem to be many large signs and decorations that would imply a parade or some such thing, no?

  3. Chinese New Year 2008

    Here are a couple of shots from Chinese New Year’s day 2008. 

    cheung chau chinese new year

    Back street very quiet, with shops shuttered. 

    cheung chau chinese new year 2008 waterfront

    Waterfront quite lively; like open air market.
    Huge contrast from when I first came here, in 1987; then, the island’s only supermarket (Park n Shop) was shuttered along with pretty much all stores: really was Dullsville!

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