|Looking over the harbor to the Gold Coast Hotel|
|beach houses ( looking from Ryan's flat)|
Thursday is a holiday here because they celebrate the Mid Autumn Festival. Families get together for supper then go out with their lanterns or to the various celebrations. At the Gold Coast people gather along the ocean in the evening and light their lanterns to celebrate the harvest and watch the moon, which is at its biggest, rise over the ocean. There are celebrations all over the city.Actually we never made it to these as it poured rain and everything was cancelled. There is a cake called a moon cake which is eaten at this time. It's made from lotus or almond paste and has a salted duck egg in the middle. They are quite beautiful to look at, as they are made in molds with various designs on the top. I did taste the moon cake and although not really really terrible, not the greatest either! Haagen Dazs ice cream has a version of the moon cake. Quit expensive.
There are many versions of the legends for the festival. When l saw the decorations in our building l couldn't help wondering how a lady, Autumn leaves, fish, and a rabbit came together, but in short a lady went to live on the moon so she could be near the human she loved (he had died) and the rabbit gave his life to feed an old man, so he became the Jade Rabbit, the leaves have to do with harvest. I guess the fish does too. They have a huge dragon in Causeway Bay that winds all through the streets snorting smoke. I'd have liked to have seen that too but can't be in two places at once! Maybe next year.
|This is a pic of the complex Ryan and his family live in at the Gold Coast|
We were in the beach house to the far left and Ryan lives in the middle tower right in front of the beach houses.