Hong Kong

More than I bargained for

that’s a cracker
bumped into my sisters!
Cantonese Opera
in this amazing temporary theatre
looking up to the roof
Ready for the Lion Dance Parade
I’ll take the red one please
5 of these, what no veggie option?
dozens of huge bouquets like this, for the opera stars from adoring fans
yours for £460 a month
you get a loo to sit on whilst you shower
yup, I agree

Before the virus epidemic took hold of HK, Mr and Mrs Leung and I discussed going to the village Cantonese opera, that happens to be take place in my little sister’s village, just once a year. I wasn’t sure it would still take place, as it’s a public event over 4 days, and even if it did happen, whether my hosts would want to venture out. But Mr Leung, who is separating some of the house out to potentially rent to a student, had arranged to view a small apartment that had been advertised, basically sizing up the competition.

So that’s what we set off to do. But what a day we had.

As well a the spectacular opera, the village was having a feast day. The temples were thronging, they lit the biggest fire cracker I ever saw/heard, there was a lion dancing parade and free suckling pig for every villager. And I bumped into my big and little sister and my two nieces. I hadn’t told them I was going, just in case we didn’t end up going, so it was an extra special bonus to round off a spectacular day.

(I don’t think Mr Leung has much competition in the rental market. After climbing 5 flights of a very tight and slippery stairwell, we squeezed into the smallest ‘apartment’ I have ever squished into. Real estate prices are supposedly dropping because of the virus and protests. I can’t imagine who would pay £460 to ‘live’ here.)

By backstagestives

Looking for my long lost family in Hong Kong
And previously....
Fell in love with coastal living 5 years ago. And moved to stunning St Ives. A place to create and grow and flourish. Got me a home and a job. And never looked back. Everyone talks and writes about the famous dead people of St Ives. Virginia and Alfred and Ben and Barbara and Peter and Wilhelmina. Well I thought I’d introduce you to some very nice folk, and they’re all very much alive and make St Ives a much the better town for it.

3 replies on “More than I bargained for”

Looks amazing, hope you’ll explain the opera to us – meanwhile in St Ives we played again today, and we’re all thinking of you.
If I could figure how to send a photo, you’d get a “hi” from all the old (and some not so old!) familiar faces.


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