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Three Perfect Days: Hong Kong

The Gateway to the East is a harbor town that glitters with the lights of international business. But to really understand Hong Kong, you have to meet it halfway.

Author Jacqueline Detwiler Photography Lauryn Ishak

The path to Victoria Peak

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EAT YOUR WORDS
DURING CHINESE NEW YEAR (FEBRUARY 3), CELEBRANTS COURT LUCK AND WEALTH BY EATING FOODS WHOSE NAMES ARE HOMOPHONES FOR GOOD THINGS IN CANTONESE.

MANDARIN ORANGES
CHINESE NAME: KAM SOUNDS LIKE: “GOLD”

FISH
CHINESE NAME: YU SOUNDS LIKE: “ABUNDANCE”

LOTUS ROOT
CHINESE NAME: LIN NGAU SOUNDS LIKE: “ABUNDANCE YEAR AFTER YEAR”

BLACK ALGAE
CHINESE NAME: FAT CHOY SOUNDS LIKE: “PROSPERITY.” THE ALGAE CAN ALSO BE SERVED WITH OYSTERS, IN WHICH CASE THE NAME (HO SEE FAT CHOY) SOUNDS LIKE “WEALTH AND PROSPERITY.”

RICE PUDDING CAKE
CHINESE NAME: NIAN GAO SOUNDS LIKE: “HIGHER YEAR”


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