We are currently enjoying our time off due to Chinese New Year (CNY) and are happy to be celebrating the start of the Year of the Dragon from the comforts of home. We decided to stay in HK and not travel this break as we were keen to simply relax and chill out in our own space and enjoy some peace and quiet. Since break, we have watched a lot of TV, read some books, been online a lot, cooked, and even managed to get out for a bit. It has been perfect and just what I needed.
There was only one slight hiccup to our plan initially due to the lack of quiet we had hoped for. As this has been our first time staying in HK in our current location, we just had no idea how loud it could get over here. It has been so intense that we have been sleeping with a fan on even though it has been cold to help drown out some of the noise from the flower market below us. We had the TV or music on all the time because there were so many people outside. Let's just say that they do not know how to whisper! The days leading up to CNY were the most congested we'd seen our neighborhood as people were busy buying flowers and plants at all hours of the day. The shopping would start as early as 6 am and continued until late in the evening, well beyond midnight. It was quite the adventure trying to get to and from our apartment during the week leading up to CNY. Thankfully it has died down since Monday as the flower shops have closed for a couple of days. It is almost eerily quiet now as there seems to be no one around at all...not that I'm complaining!
View of the flower market from our apartment one morning.
View of the flower market from our apartment at midnight.
The street in front of our apartment leading up to CNY.
The street in front of our apartment on CNY.
Another street in front of our apartment leading up to CNY.
Another street in front of our apartment on CNY.