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Hong Kong during Qing Ming

Hong Kong is different when there are Chinese holidays (Not China Chinese holidays but traditional Chinese holidays). During those days, it’s as if everyone hung up their modern business suits and wore pigtails and samfoos instead. I was there for Qing Ming (“Cleaning Ancestor’s Graves”) by shear coincidence. That is the day when most (if not all) of the country / SAR go to pay their respects to the dead ones.

 

In Hong Kong, it’s called Bai Shan (“pray mountain”) because the cemeteries can be found on the hills. The dead get a breath-taking view; lush green hills bear-hugged the glimmering sea.  Only the very rich can buy personal space, the public do not have that. Even dead, they are given little space between each other. Tombstones jut out from the hills in precise order; one next to the other with barely a gap to squeeze through. Wide, narrow steps from the base of the hill to the top were the main thoroughfare between sections of tombs. That day, the very young, very old and in-betweens all climbed up to visit their dead granddaddies, aunties, whatever-gone people.

 

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