Monday, 8 February 2016

Blue Skies for Chinese New Year

It was so clear today from the Peak you could see for miles, and miles...
My cousin and I walked up to the Peak this morning and it was a fantastic day to be out and about, blue skies with temperatures as high as 19 degrees!

We thought most people would be busy visiting relatives for the first day of Chinese New Year, but by the time we made it up to the main path, there were lots of tourists and locals taking advantage of the good weather too.

Down by the water near Dr Sun Yat-sen Park in Sai Ying Pun
It's not often the skies are clear, and probably thanks to strong winds and factories closed across the border, we had deep blue skies and hardly any clouds in sight.

Afterwards we came back to Central via minibus and I decided to walk home and try to be as close to the water as possible.

This was relatively easy from the Central ferry piers all the way to Dr Sun Yat-sen Park in Sai Ying Pun, and then I had no choice but to double back and get onto the pedestrian overpass that was a block from the harbour because of the highway overpasses for cars.

It wasn't until after I passed the Western Wholesale Fruit Market that I could again walk close to the water. By the time I hit Kennedy Town's bus terminus, an elderly man had just pulled up his trap from the water to have a bountiful harvest of small fish about the size of the palm of my hand.

An elderly man's catch of lots of small fish
He poured them into his bucket and some onlookers were impressed that he'd caught enough for a decent meal.

The trap that lured them in had a large piece of bread in it, which had become a soggy piece of mush.

Nevertheless, it was a fun finish to a wonderful day -- 19-degree weather (though not warm enough just to wear T-shirts!).

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