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Culture & People

Hong Kong has original culture that cannot be seen in mainland China . Despite Hong Kong was ruled by the British government and is an international city, traditional Chinese cultural influence is everywhere. Most of the Hong Kong Chinese are either Buddhists or Taoists. There are more than 600 temples outside Hong Kong , built in residential areas.

Once can have his fortune told at some of these temples with a nominal fee. Temples are also crowded with worshippers who light joss sticks to ward off evil spirits during festivities.

The ancient Hong Kong can be revisited through the country's museums. Many of the exhibits highlight local history, Chinese arts, and crafts. A 2,000-year-old tomb, traditional hardwood furniture, ancient Chinese ceramics, and classic lithographs are all available for you to witness.

There are also abundance of Chinese festivals throughout the year all over Hong Kong . The most obvious are Chinese festivals. The most celebrated ones are Chinese New Year, Ching Ming Festival, Dragon Boat Festival and Mid-Autumn Festival. Most of them are made public holidays but there are some religious ones or traditions are celebrated as well even though it is not a public holiday.

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is one of the most celebrated festival in Hong Kong . This is such a big festival that most shops and small restaurants will be closed on those 3 days and some up to 8 days. Many industries, particularly printing and construction, tend to close for even longer as many of the works are from the Mainland of China and will take long trips back to their home towns during this time to visit family.

Every year there are big markets in many districts in Hong Kong . The biggest one is probably the one in Victoria Park in Causeway Bay . The market typically runs a few days before the lunar new year and last until dawn of the first lunar new year day. The day before the lunar new year is the busiest and most crowded moment for the market. Flower kiosks occupy half of the market, selling peach blossoms, chrysanthemum, daffodils, orchids and various kinds of flowers are available. Snacks, toys and various kinds of junk occupy the rest of the market.

Chinese New Year is also celebrated with spectacular display of fireworks in Victoria Harbour .

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