2012 (香港龍獅節) Dragon and Lion Dance Extravaganza Parade

The last day of 2011 was an awful day for me. I got flu and took some strong medicine. The entire day I was basically on my bed..so as the day after. I got up at 12pm. I got a feeling I felt better. So I worked out a little bit to train myself back in shape again. Being sick at the year end is no joke. I couldn’t do crap and missed out chances to go out. That’s why today I headed out to see the biggest event in Hong Kong. The event was set to break the Guinness World Record for the Largest Lion Dance Display. I didn’t attend that part as I was a tad late. The parade took off when I got there. The transportation department closed down a few main roads for this event, that shows the commitment the government have put into it. But the fact is still so apparent, this event was not widely advertised among the media in Hong Kong. There could have been more visitors…

I was goofing around between Central and Admiralty. An international news media group AFP interviewed me about my feelings of this event. To be frank, I didn’t know there were more shows at the starting point prior to the launch of the parade UNTIL I SAW ON TV JUST NOW. I had not too much surprises from just the parade and things. I was standing at a spot which not that many visitors were around too!! Meh..just don’t laugh at me if you ever see me on the news.

I carried my Lumix G3 along with two lenses Leica Summilux 25mm f1.4 & Lumix G 20mm f1.7. Some videos were shot with my 25mm, worked out nicely. The wide open apertures allowed me to shoot photos while the performers were in motion without blur all day. I couldn’t but laugh at myself while I saw many were holding a DSLR with tele lenses – oh I’m just using a pancake lens. Pancake = move around easily in the crowd. So I did that with my lid covered.

I’ve not seen that many people in Southorn Playground, Wan Chai. Or I should say i’ve never participated such event. There were tourists looked very delighted with the colorful dragon/lion heads. One thing that I’ve to point out is, there were no english announcements all the way. Perhaps a little intro+instruction in english next time?

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Man catching a breath
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When you see a dancing dragon/lion is always a happy thing in the Chinese community.
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Boy Scouts are helping too
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police blocked off a few major roads for this event
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one of a kind percussions from Dragon/Lion dance
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entering Wan Chai
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This dragon has wishes written in cards, stitched onto the body. Bringing everyone luck in 2012.
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I love pink. I was wearing a pink under shirt. LOL
 

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