Happy new year! hope you had yourselves a grand celebration. In Hong Kong, as usual, we’ve got some of the world’s top festivities. Amazing fireworks, great parties and some nice cultural events. But that’s just a teaser for the real newyears, our newyears, the Chinese New Year 😛 and we’ll be rocking it this year with the Dragon year!

 

2012 New Year in Hong Kong : Dragon-Lion Dance Parade 

 

 

Since I know what your number one priority is, we’ll start off with the fireworks.

Watch this Reuters video of the newyears countdown with a view of the Victoria Harbor :

 

Now that we’ve put that tedious routine aside, we can move on to something more Hong Kong specific exciting. Hong Kong has an annual event with a long parade Lion and Dragon dances going from Central to Wan Chai. Every year, Hong Kong breaks its own world Guinness record, and they did it again this year, featuring over 88 dragon-lion participants.

 

And I was there, how could I not? there are very few cultural events I enjoy more than a good lion dance. Those things are absolutely adorable, and if you’ve got some good acrobats underneath then you’re really in for a real treat.

 

Ready for some videos? Here are my captures :

Lions and Dragons getting ready for the launch

 

Some massive drumming from a group that participated in the Beijing Olympics 2008 (or so I’ve been made to believe).

 

Okay, more lion cuteness :

 

 

To get a better feel of things, take a look at the following photos.

They’re quite the happy bunch, those HK people…

 

 

2012 New Year in Hong Kong : Dragon-Lion Dance Parade

2012 New Year in Hong Kong : Dragon-Lion Dance Parade

2012 New Year in Hong Kong : Dragon-Lion Dance Parade

2012 New Year in Hong Kong : Dragon-Lion Dance Parade

2012 New Year in Hong Kong : Dragon-Lion Dance Parade

2012 New Year in Hong Kong : Dragon-Lion Dance Parade

2012 New Year in Hong Kong : Dragon-Lion Dance Parade

2012 New Year in Hong Kong : Dragon-Lion Dance Parade

 

2012 New Year in Hong Kong : Dragon-Lion Dance Parade

2012 New Year in Hong Kong : Dragon-Lion Dance Parade

2012 New Year in Hong Kong : Dragon-Lion Dance Parade

2012 New Year in Hong Kong : Dragon-Lion Dance Parade

2012 New Year in Hong Kong : Dragon-Lion Dance Parade

2012 New Year in Hong Kong : Dragon-Lion Dance Parade

2012 New Year in Hong Kong : Dragon-Lion Dance Parade

2012 New Year in Hong Kong : Dragon-Lion Dance Parade

2012 New Year in Hong Kong : Dragon-Lion Dance Parade 

 

You see, people? all you gotta do is bring on the lions, and I’ll surely be there!

 

Looking forward to breaking the record again in 2013.



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