Foreigners in Hong Kong enjoy double happiness in Chinese New Year

07:47, February 17, 2010      

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It is a rare occasion for the Chinese lunar New Year to fall on the same day with Valentine's Day, but the occasion truly happened on Feb. 14, giving foreigners in Hong Kong an opportunity to enjoy both traditional Chinese celebrations and western-style romance.

There are many places in Hong Kong to enjoy the double happiness, of course, but many foreigners naturally chose Lan Kwai Fong, the well-known street for pubs and also known as an " expat hangout".

On the eve of the Chinese lunar New Year, Lan Kwai Fong was decorated with traditional Chinese red lanterns and Chinese knots. A number of restaurants even exhibited special menu for Chinese New Year. "Happy Chinese New Year!" three Turkish young men shouted at Xinhua's TV camera in Lan Kwai Fong.

The three have just arrived from neighboring Shenzhen city, where they are receiving a two-months training in computer engineering.

"I think Hong Kong is the right place to celebrate both Chinese New Year and Valentine's Day," said Mladevovie, one of the young men, who only gave his surname. "I wish everyone success in new year and meet more girlfriends," he said with a big smile.

A Canadian couple, Robert and his wife, have lived in Hong Kong for some time. "I'm very happy to spend Chinese New Year with my lovely wife," said Robert.

"My sweetheart, happy Valentine's Day! and Kung Hei Fat Choi in Hong Kong," said his wife.

"Kung Hei Fat Choi!" is Cantonese, meaning "Best wishes and congratulations. Have a prosperous and good year!"

A magician surnamed Benjar from Slovenia volunteered to perform in front of Xinhua TV camera, drawing a large crowd.

"You know, I'm so happy with people around me," he said excitedly.

As the clock ticked to 12 at midnight, Lan Kwai Fong became an ocean of joy, with "happy new year!" and "Kung Hei Fat Choi!" echoing in the street.

Lopez and Adam are British students studying in a Malaysian university, and they also made special trip to Hong Kong for the Chinese New Year.

"I came to Hong Kong because of the sights and attraction of everything in between. my wish is happiness and prosperity for everyone!" said Lopez.

"I'd love to find a good girl," said Adam.

A group of young men and women from Britain were also very excited in front of the TV camera, and shouting out their new year wishes.

"I wish I could win the lottery. I hope I'll pass my exams." said George.

"Kung Hei Fat Choi!" said Andrew.

Source: Xinhua
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