Strawberry China

CHRIS THOMAS
Caught the boat at the perfect time across to the mainland, couldn’t help but stop and take it in. Looking around the harbour is something to behold, pretty good.

Caught the boat at the perfect time across to the mainland, couldn’t help but stop and take it in. Looking around the harbour is something to behold, pretty good.

Managed to get to the Hong Kong Jockey Club at Happy Valley during my short trip there. It was a great night, an older English couple took us under their wings after they deemed us lucky charms.

Managed to get to the Hong Kong Jockey Club at Happy Valley during my short trip there. It was a great night, an older English couple took us under their wings after they deemed us lucky charms.

This tense match was drawing a crowd, including me as I waited for my bike to be fixed. Not sure how to play it, although after 30 minutes of study it seemed like next level draughts.

This tense match was drawing a crowd, including me as I waited for my bike to be fixed. Not sure how to play it, although after 30 minutes of study it seemed like next level draughts.

On the walk home from work there is this huge, ornate gateway and behind it attached to the pagoda were these lanterns. Probably about sixty or seventy of them in total. Here’s a snippet of the action

On the walk home from work there is this huge, ornate gateway and behind it attached to the pagoda were these lanterns. Probably about sixty or seventy of them in total. Here’s a snippet of the action

Another from West Lake Cultural Square, last night it was packed. There have been fireworks since early January almost every day, but yesterday there were so many. In every direction the sky was littered with yanhua (smoke flowers)!

Another from West Lake Cultural Square, last night it was packed. There have been fireworks since early January almost every day, but yesterday there were so many. In every direction the sky was littered with yanhua (smoke flowers)!

A performance to celebrate the Lantern Festival in West Lake Cultural Square, not that it’s anywhere near West Lake.

A performance to celebrate the Lantern Festival in West Lake Cultural Square, not that it’s anywhere near West Lake.

This is Lluvia (Chinese name Han Li Jia). She has been my host over the Lunar New Year, friend since the beginning of the Gregorian New Year and fragmented English, Spanish and Chinese conversation partner for most of my days here in China.
 
She won’t like me posting this photo.

This is Lluvia (Chinese name Han Li Jia). She has been my host over the Lunar New Year, friend since the beginning of the Gregorian New Year and fragmented English, Spanish and Chinese conversation partner for most of my days here in China.

 

She won’t like me posting this photo.

Live food in the super markets, took this on the sly but there was a shop assistant keeping a very close eye on me as I wandered over to the rest of the breathing produce

Live food in the super markets, took this on the sly but there was a shop assistant keeping a very close eye on me as I wandered over to the rest of the breathing produce

There are these signs dotted all about the city, a young girl, her miniature tiger and an evil monkey. They’ve always got something to say, of all of them this is by far my favourite.

There are these signs dotted all about the city, a young girl, her miniature tiger and an evil monkey. They’ve always got something to say, of all of them this is by far my favourite.

This girl and her associate (taking the photo) collared me and through a combination of convoluted English and Chinese we managed to fill out a survey on Chinese insurance policies, and then she asked for my photo. Two can play that game!

This girl and her associate (taking the photo) collared me and through a combination of convoluted English and Chinese we managed to fill out a survey on Chinese insurance policies, and then she asked for my photo. Two can play that game!