After saying 'happy new year', people will say 'gong hei fat choy' soon. Five places in Hong Kong are very busy before the Chinese New Year.
(1)Dried Seafood Market in Sheung Wan and Chinese restaurants
For making a good family reunion dinner, lots of old housewives go to Sheung Wan's Dried Seafood Market with their daughter in laws or domestic helpers to buy the precious and expensive dried seafood, abalone, sea cucumber, shark fin, fish maw etc. Some big families, which has no big apartment to accommodate many family members, just go to the Chinese restaurants to enjoy the all-included new year banquets. They use the lazy Susan to share the dishes, which have a lucky names.
(2)Chinese New Year Carnivals
Hong Kong Government does organize many Lunar New Year Canivals, i.e. the new year bazaars, til the Chinese new year eve. People do want to leave their bad luck and get some good luck at the carnivals. So after enjoying the reunion dinner, lots of families just go shopping at the carnivals.
People make wishes at the temples at the beginning of the Lunar New Year. At the end of the year, no matter their dreams come true or not, they need to go back to the temples to say 'thank you' to the Gods.
(4)Flower Market in Mong Kok
Chinese people believe the beautiful blossoming flowers can bring good fortune and prosperity. So people go to Mong Kok's Flower's Market to buy the seasonable Narcissus, Peach Blossom, Kumquet , Sword Lily etc. to decorate their homes or offices during new year.
Although the stylish Hong Kong citizens buy and change new clothes and accessories all year round. They still believe that they should wear something brand new at the new year time. So the time before new year is the high season for retailing industry. Discount is waiting for you!
Just say HAPPY 2016 to you!!!
不久前還在講「HAPPY NEW YEAR」，很快就要改口說「恭喜發財」了！香港有五個地方，在農曆新年前最為熱鬧。