River Hongbao 2016

River Hongbao is one of the annual event that I will always bring my family. Coinciding with the year of the monkey, the theme this year is Monkey King, the key character in the story Journey to the West, 西游记.

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There is a gigantic Chinese Chess Board, pitting Tang Sanzang, 唐三藏 and Bull Demon King, 牛魔王.

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There are many other beautiful lanterns depicting other characters or events in the Journey to the West.

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And not to forget the must-have-character… God of Fortune, 财神爷.

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But the zodiac characters this year don’t really look like the animals they are supposed to represent.

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Fortunately, the monkey does.

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Beside lanterns, there is a stage performance.

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And the finale is the nightly fireworks at 9pm.

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River Hongbao 2015

I purposely choose to come down during a weekday to avoid the crowd. If not, my wife and I will have to carry our kids through the crowd.

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My kids are happy to see their favorite playground being exhibited.

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And last but not least, the iconic figure that must be around every year.

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Taken with Sony Nex5R with Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS lens

River Hongbao 2013

I made it a point to go to the annual River Hongbao every year if I can and ever since I was attached, I didn’t miss any. This year, as usual I brought my family along.  Each year, I will always think the event was very crowded… only to find the next one even more crowded. But this year was exceptional… the rainy spell meant the turnout was lesser. I came to the conclusion because my wife and I was able to push a pram into it and came out alright!

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But still, from the pictures, it is difficult to tell it was not as crowded.

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Generally, I find the lanterns, lights and colours much nicer than past River Hongbao.

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One of the main highlight I would not miss was to take a look at my chinese zodiac. This year each zodiac was housed in a gigantic vase.

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The reason of housing it in a vase this year was because vase, in mandarin, sounds similar with safe, i.e. 平平《瓶》安安.

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This year, our new guests were also featured.

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Another must have, the wishing well.

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As usual, there will always be performances. The crowd in front of the stage will always discouraged me from approaching the stage and as my children got more articulate and demanding… I find it increasingly difficult to refuse to let them take a look.

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Colourful stage performance

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Good bye River Hongbao 2013, we will be back next year!