We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.

~ Walt Disney

06 February 2011


With the Lunar New Year looming close, Chinatown (牛车水) was buzzing with hawkers selling celebration goodies. It's Year of the Rabbit in 2011.

Buildings have been decorated with flowers and well wishes (couplets)

Rows and rows of makeshift stalls line both sides of the street

Charms that people hang in their cars, on purses, anywhere

Windmills blessed at the Wong Tai Xin Temple in Hong Kong, believed to
change the previous year's bad luck when the wheel turns with the help of the wind

Auspicious Chinese sayings to be stuck to the doors

Dried preserved meats (duck, leg of ham, Chinese sausages) -- in the past, these were prepared
to tide over the winter months when people could not go out to hunt.
The meats are either salted or sugared. It's now become a tradition to have these.

More accessories for decorating the house

Lanterns and decorations to ignite the celebrative mood 

Not forgetting the flowers

These cheery windmills are for the kids

These knotted tassles can be added to lanterns or hung on their own. Very colourful.

Mustn't forget the lanterns

Chinese lions (These were what I thought Jane had in mind in the early days of the 2011 TIAS)

Other finds -- big calligraphy brushes

And dolls of the different Chinese tribal peoples
It's the fourth day of the CNY celebrations today. This festival is celebrated for 15 days and kids can continue to collect angbaos (aka hongbaos 红包) till the last day. Families usually gather for a huge feast from the eve through the 15th day.

Here's wishing my Chinese friends
Gong Hei Fatt Choy 恭禧发财

Hope you'd enjoyed some eye candy here.


  1. Awesome Valerie! Next best thing to actually being there to celebrate with you! :)

    Happy Chinese New Year my friend!

  2. Looks like a very colorful celebration... loads of fun! I love those tassels. How I wish I could find something like that around here.

  3. What fun this looks like. Thank you for posting pictures, they are so colorful.

    I'd love to see someone design a tatting pattern of a Chinese Lion.

  4. Happy new year Val I enjoyed this distance visit...and enjoyed a Chinese meal at home too.

  5. I just stumbled onto these photos and they are wonderful!
    Fox : )


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