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Five busy places before the Chinese New Year in Hong Kong 農曆新年前五個香港的熱鬧地點

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.

(3)Temples

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.

(5)Shopping malls
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。

(1)上環海味街或各大酒家
為了烹調一頓豐富的團年飯,很多老一輩的主婦會帶著媳婦或外藉家傭,到上環海味街選購名貴的鮑參翅肚。而許多大家庭沒有足夠大的住宅,以容納眾多的家庭成員同時享用晚飯,故他們會出外到酒家享用團年全包宴。所吃的跟在家中吃的差不多,各菜色卻有一個「好意頭」的名字。為做更多生意,酒家更會規定入席和離席的時間,不得有誤!

(2)各個年宵市場

吃個團年飯,最好就是到政府舉辦的年宵市場「行大運」。大除夕晚,各大年宵市場往往都水洩不通。踏入新年後,人潮不散,皆因正是選購減價貨品時。

(3)各大廟宇

人們習慣在農曆年初到廟宇祈福,到了年晚,不論願望成真與否,都要回到廟宇還神,向神明說聲衷心的「謝謝」!如要求簽問卜,都要待過年之後,因為年晚時候,連各位神祇都要「放假」休息一番,無暇出手保佑了!

(4)旺角花墟

「花開富貴」是傳統揮春祝福語,為追求富貴,許多香港人都會到旺角花墟買年花,若花能在大年初一盛開,就皆大歡喜了!

(5)各大商場
時尚的香港人整年都在購買、替換時裝配飾,但香港人仍深信「新年穿新衣」的習俗。故此農曆新年前,是香港的零售旺季。打折商品正在等待你哩!

祝大家2016年新年好!