April 8 is my sister’s birthday, and I wanted to mark the occasion with eight memories of a month in Hong Kong during my year-long around-the-world journey.
Why not ‘four’ for April? Among Chinese, there is general consensus of an “unlucky” use for “four” (四), sounding very much like the word for “death” (死). That’s the case in Cantonese, and you may find a general absence of four in public places, including elevators.
On the other hand, “eight” (八) rhymes with “success” (發); the latter is used prominently in New Year’s greetings to express “congratulations and prosperity” (恭喜發財).
Here are a few unique examples of moments representing my time in Hong Kong.
Happy birthday, sis! 生日快樂,啊妹!
The eight locations are indicated in the map below.
Except the final photo from my sister, I made the other photos above in Hong Kong between 6 and 21 June 2012. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com.