24 May, 2007 at 7:20 am #657
The rain has halted, and the sun has come out, sending temperatures soaring – with steamy humidity too.
At lunchtime, the Praya was crowded…
Some streets were crowded.
Accessible restaurants were doing a roaring trade – here selling typical vegetarian food.
At the festival site, giant incense sticks burned outside a temporary shrine, where people burned joss sticks before the effigies of gods who had joined the festival (from temples around Cheung Chau).
News crews filed reports.
And the bun towers still looked rather sad, after their battering by the torrential rains; sheets with imprints like buns partly covered their tattered appearance. But at least on the big day, the weather was fine.
People were crowded together at various vantages for watching the action – especially the parade, which would begin soon. Me, I headed up the hill, for home, air-conditioning, and some work.