It's been a while since I've updated the blog section on my site. A lot of changes have happened in the past year, which includes moving to Hong Kong, getting married and a new job. Now that things have calmed down a bit, I thought it would be good to keep people updated on what I've been doing lately. Last week, I stumbled upon photos of a friend who went to the annual Tsing Yi bamboo theatre. Every year during the lunar months of March and April, locals inhabitants of Tsing Yi, Hong Kong set up a temporary bamboo theatre to celebrate the birthday of the Tin Hau (The Empress of Heaven) and Zhen Jun (The True Lord). Two Chinese operas are shown each day during the celebration and surrounding the theatre are hawkers selling traditional HK street food. People from all over the city flock to Tsing Yi during the 2 weeks to join in on the celebrations and food. Not having been myself, a few friends and I decided to go there after work to see what the fuss was about.
It was around 19:30 when we arrived at the location just about when it was starting to get dark. At the middle of the night market was a temporary bamboo temple which housed the God Zhen Jun and right across from the temple was the bamboo theatre. Since the opera wasn't due to start till 19:45, we wandered off to the street hawkers in search of food.
More and more people arrived at the night market and it got really hard to move around since people were queuing for food in the dozens. We did end up getting a potato twizzler on a stick after waiting for 20 minutes in line. I got lucky and got lamb on a stick within 5 minutes of waiting in line. There were also street vendors selling dai pai dong style stirfrys, deep-friend stinky tofu (not as stinky as I hoped it would be) and the list goes on. I do wish there were regular night markets in Hong Kong like in Taiwan where one could get off work and wander off to a night market to pick up something cheap and delicious to eat.
If you felt like you missed out on this annual event, have no fear. This is a twice a year event and the next night market will be held from May 7th to the 11th. To go there, take the MTR and get off Tsing Yi station. Walk towards exit C and follow the crowd of people walking in the same direction and you'll arrive at the night market within 10 minutes. Try to arrive early to avoid the crowd.
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