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The Year of the Tiger ....

Enters with a quiet, 'Miaow!'

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

For a long time the COVID situation here has been pretty much under control and life has been more or less normal - except for the fact we can't travel, unless we quarantine for three weeks on our return. However, in the last few weeks that has all changed. Previously we used to be hysterical if there were 20 COVID cases a day here. Today there were over 600. This is all due to the arrival of the Omicron variant. The government are pondering changing some of our rules. For example, if you get COVID here, you are hospitalised even if it's a mild case, but the hospitals are going to fill up soon, so isolation at home is being considered. Previously close contacts of those who were COVID positive were placed in quarantine centres, but again they will probably be able to self-isolate at home due to lack of space.

Last Tuesday was the start of Chinese New Year. The fireworks celebrations over the harbour were cancelled again due to the pandemic and so was the New Year's Day Parade. People are being asked not to have family gatherings and to stay in as much as possible. This has also coincided with pretty cold weather for here. I have been largely staying in, though I'm not sure how long I can continue doing this before a desperate need for exercise takes over.

Before all this happened, in fact before Chinese New Year, I went to Tsing Yi to shop. While there I strolled through the park and checked how autumnal the line of deciduous trees by the pond had become. I'm starting to really like this park and wander around it frequently.

The line of trees by the pond.

The line of trees by the pond.

Autumn Colours by the Pond.

Autumn Colours by the Pond.

Autumnal Trees by the Water.

Autumnal Trees by the Water.

Autumnal Trees by the Water.

Autumnal Trees by the Water.

A bit of greenery for contrast.

A bit of greenery for contrast.

Still Many Flowers.

Still Many Flowers.

Reflections.

Reflections.

Mighty Banyans.

Mighty Banyans.

Colourful Flowers.

Colourful Flowers.

I also took a look at some of Tsing Yi's Chinese New Year decorations while passing the residential buildings there.

Caishen, god of good fortune, very popular at Chinese New Year.

Caishen, god of good fortune, very popular at Chinese New Year.

Tigers and Gold.

Tigers and Gold.

Next I wandered along the waterfront past gently bobbing boats and colourful plants.

Spiky Plants.

Spiky Plants.

Colourful Plants.

Colourful Plants.

Peaceful Waters.

Peaceful Waters.

Peaceful Waters.

Peaceful Waters.

Peaceful Waters.

Peaceful Waters.

Inside Maritime Square Shopping Mall there were more festive displays and a Chinese New Year market.

Spring Blossom Display.

Spring Blossom Display.

Spring Blossoms.

Spring Blossoms.

Chinese New Year Market.

Chinese New Year Market.

Lanterns and Orchids.

Lanterns and Orchids.

Orchids Stall.

Orchids Stall.

Today I was excited to get as far as my local supermarket. It was thrilling after days of reading and playing Wordle!!!

Inspired by this taste of freedom I also took a short night-time stroll near my home to photograph Chinese New Year displays.

Bringing in the Year of the Tiger.

Bringing in the Year of the Tiger.

Chinese New Year displays lit up at night.

Chinese New Year displays lit up at night.

Spring Blossoms.

Spring Blossoms.

Flowers and Gold.

Flowers and Gold.

Windmills of good fortune. The Chinese believe that spinning the windmill brings good luck.

Windmills of good fortune. The Chinese believe that spinning the windmill brings good luck.

Posted by irenevt 09:46 Archived in Hong Kong

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Es un buen paseo en occidente empezando el año nuevo Chino! Cuanto me alegro que a pesar del contexto podamos disfrutar de imágenes de otras partes del mundo, de compartir aunque sea una escapadita, algo distinto.
Bella vegetación podemos ver allí, algo de la comunidad en donde estás por lo que describes Hong Kong.
Espero que pronto podamos seguir nuestras cotidianidades y compartir más a menudo cosas como estas, saludos desde Argentina. :D

by l.eftraru

Greetings to you, too. My Spanish is non-existent, so I put your comment into Google translate.I hope the COVID situation is getting better in Argentina. Thank you for visiting and Happy New Year of the Tiger.

by irenevt

It looks like a Paradise World indeed. Thanks for shring yor insights, Irene!

by Vic_IV

Hi Victor, Happy New Year of the Tiger to you.

by irenevt

Happy New Year of tiger. Who feeds it ?

by alectrevor

Happy Year of the Tiger, Alec. I think this one just feeds on electricity. Haha!

by irenevt

Happy New Year! It must be quiet there without the celebrations..But looks beautiful, I like the night time photos best! :)

by hennaonthetrek

Hi Henna, it's actually going a bit crazy here. Omicron is sweeping through Hong Kong and the government is sticking by their aim of 0 cases. There's compulsory testing and lockdowns all over. We've got to get tested before Sunday and queues for tests are huge. I expect to spend most of tomorrow queueing.Hope life is better on Finland.

by irenevt

That do sounds crazy! I keep fingers crossed that you won't need to queue too long!!

by hennaonthetrek

In the end we were lucky with the queues, because Peter's over 70 and walks with a stick we got put to the front of the priority queue.

by irenevt

Hi. Your New Year resembles Christmas . . . lots of lights, fantasy and fun.

Sorry to hear about the Covid problems. We're having them here too and with elections coming up, they are stupidly relaxing all our rules so it's probably going to be a disaster in a month or so. Starting to feel like we're in the middle ages again . . . a plague year(s).

by Beausoleil

Hi Sally, For Chinese people Chinese New Year is the biggest celebration of the year. This year's was pretty subdued though.

by irenevt

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