Our 1st Hong Kong Anniversary: The Year in Pictures

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Last week, Mark and I celebrated our 1st Hong Kong Anniversary. And what a year it has been!

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M D at The Principal

Celebrating our 1st Hong Kong Anniversary with a sumptuous brunch at The Principal in Wan Chai (and yes, I have 5 beverage glasses – don’t judge!)

It’s such a cliché to say how time flies. But it truly does, frighteningly so. That said, we’ve experienced what feels like a lifetime of events, a string of colorful moments. For me, it’s as if I’ve been playing catch-up for the last 365 days, rediscovering what life can be like.

The start of things...

The start of things…

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I thought I’d take this opportunity to share my Hong Kong with you, my year in pictures. Thank you, Hong Kong – for offering such a visual feast!

Dried octupi in Sai Ying Pun

Dried octopi in Sai Ying Pun

Elder woman paying tribute at Man Mo Temple in Sheung Wan, HK

Paying tribute at Man Mo Temple in Sheung Wan

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Incense coils at Man Mo Temple

Aqua Luna, a traditional Chinese 'junk' boat

Aqua Luna, a traditional Chinese ‘junk’ boat that tours Victoria Harbour (while serving alcohol, of course)

Frolicking inside the walk-in fountain at Hong Kong Park

Frolicking inside the walk-in fountain at Hong Kong Park

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The LED light and recycled water bottle ‘Rising Moon’ installation at Victoria Park, commemorating the Mid-Autumn Lunar Festival

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Colorful lanterns floating in the sky over Victoria Park during the Mid-Autumn Lunar Festival

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Lamma offers lush greenery and friendly locals while you hike the island

The lush greenery and friendly locals of Lamma Island

Sprawling tree roots on Lamma

Sprawling tree roots, found all over Hong Kong

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A view from the top of HK’s iconic Victoria Peak

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Young ‘Pink Walk’-ers on Victoria Peak, supporting the fight against breast cancer

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Creatures watching creatures at Ocean Park’s aquarium, on Halloween Day (yes, it’s celebrated here, too)

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A ‘vicious’ Halloween tormenter at Ocean Park

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Enjoying the ‘Mardi Gras’ art festival at Victoria Park

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Checking out the displays at ‘Mardi Gras’

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Sheer joy at ‘Mardi Gras’

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Young dancers showing off their talents at ‘Mardi Gras’

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Overseeing ‘Carnival’ in Lan Kwai Fong

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A Brazilian dancer, charming the crowd at ‘Carnival’

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The more humble side of Hong Kong, in Mong Kok

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Crafty Hong Kongers browse bushels of beads and ribbons in Sham Shui Po

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Butchers in a Mong Kok wet market

Butchers in a Mong Kok wet market

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Some of the elders of Mong Kok, catching up on the day’s happenings and watching passers-by

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Preparing street food staples in Hong Kong

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Durian – that polarizing, smelly king of fruits

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Entrepreneurship takes on many forms in HK – in this case, custom-made bras!

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Overall less diverse than say, NYC, HK still is home to people of other ethnicities besides ‘native’ Chinese – some temporary expats, others permanent residents

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Mom, all smiles before embarking on the climb to greet the Big Buddha on Lantau Island

Increasing in age, but not necessarily maturity

Increasing in age, but not necessarily maturity! Outside the Zero-Carbon Building in Kowloon

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Reflecting on HK during Chinese New Year celebrations

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Quiet deliberation before the boisterous Chinese New Year parade

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Winged dancers perform for thousands at the Chinese New Year parade

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An unguarded moment amidst adoring fans, after a traditional Chinese opera performance at the temporary West Kowloon Bamboo Theatre

The ICC skyscraper (replete with its own CNY-specific light facade) punctuates the skyline near the West Kowloon Bamboo Promenade

The ICC skyscraper (replete with its own CNY-specific light facade) punctuating the skyline near the West Kowloon Bamboo Promenade

The Piu Sik (Floating Colours) Parade, during which children appear to 'float' through the narrow streets of Cheng Chau island

The Piu Sik (Floating Colours) Parade, during which children appear to ‘float’ through the narrow streets of Cheng Chau Island

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Burning incense at Pak Tai Temple on Cheng Chau Island

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Massive incense sticks perfuming the air outside Pak Tai Temple

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Mother-and-daughter tableau at the Cheng Chau Bun Festival

'Lucky' buns affixed to a tower at the Cheng Chau Bun Festival

‘Lucky’ buns affixed to a tower at the Cheng Chau Bun Festival

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Fishermen and women taking care of business at the Cheng Chau pier

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Burning offerings and papier-mâché deities, forming a dramatic scene at the Cheng Chau Bun Festival

The famed seafood shacks lining the pier on Cheng Chau

The famed seafood shacks lining the Cheng Chau pier

The colorful (and sometimes a bit gritty) outdoor Wan Chai Market

The colorful (and sometimes a bit gritty) outdoor Wan Chai Street Market

HK's famed double-decker open-air trams

HK’s iconic double-decker, open-air trams

A refreshingly quiet, peaceful moment enjoyed on one of Stanley's smaller beach offshoots

A refreshingly quiet, peaceful moment on one of Stanley’s smaller beach offshoots

The expanse of Stanley Main Beach stretches out, with mountains as a backdrop

The expanse of Stanley Main Beach, with mountains as a backdrop

The stereotype (albeit still beautiful, in my opinion) of Hong Kong's cityscape

A piece of our nighttime HK cityscape

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14 thoughts on “Our 1st Hong Kong Anniversary: The Year in Pictures”

  1. Congratulations on your one year hk anniversary, Deb. It was fun vicariously reliving the last year with your fantastic photos. I remember some of those blog posts very well. Wishing you more enjoyable times to come in this wonderful City.

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    • Thanks so much, Kan! It was great fun for me to go back through my photos, as well – a way to relive all those fantastic moments. So appreciate you reading and your kind wishes..

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  2. What a wonderful set of photos! You’re already making me very “homesick” and I’ve only been gone 10 days.

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  3. Ah loved this post!
    First of all, you’re gorgeous! Anyone tell you that you remind them if Lisa Ling? I love your dress! And I laughed aloud at the 5 glasses…

    And the rest of the photos are so lively and detailed. You should totally make a photo book (and sell it too) 🙂

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    • Soapie, I think you must be the nicest person on the planet! 🙂 Thank you, you are so sweet.

      I have been told the Lisa Ling parallel, yes – I suppose the lankiness, long hair, long face – will do it 🙂 I could do worse, and I love what she does, so I’ll take the analogy!

      I have thought about the photo book idea, even for myself, and it’s so easy these days to self-publish. Probably not so easy to sell, but hey – you never know! Thanks for the support, as always!

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  4. such great vibrant photos! Thanks for sharing your one year with us! I’ve only visited HK once but would love to go back, feels like your photos are just calling out to me.

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    • Thanks so much for stopping by and for your kind compliments! You definitely should re-visit. HK changes all the time and continues to surprise 🙂

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