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Dragon Boat Racing at Shatin, New Territories
The 28th May, a Thursday, was a public holiday in Hong Kong. I thought this was a little strange, since people would still need to go back to work for one day on Friday. No long weekend for Hong Kongers!

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Anyway, it was this day that Dragon Boat Racing events were being held all over Hong Kong it seems. There were different tournaments, one near our village in Tai Po, which we were originally going to check out. There seems to be a major racing event at Stanley, South of Hong Kong Island, though Mr. Chan offered to take us to his local one in Shatin.

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Excellent Super Cheap Dim Sum Takeaway in Tai Po, New Territories
It's with some reluctance that we left Tokyo and flew back to Hong Kong in the last week of May, although truthfully, two weeks in one place for sightseeing was a little more than necessary. Coming back the first two weeks was a little confusing - I write about this on my personal blog at MarkWu.info.

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However, at least there is cheap dim sum! Back in Tai Po, our nearest little town for all our daily shopping needs, a new, more modern-looking takeaway opened a few months ago. It's on a corner just off from the main Tai Po square.

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Typical Groceries Prices in the New Territories
The price of local food can be dirt cheap in the New Territories and I thought I'd outline how much we pay for a few items.

Some of the basic fruits we buy are a couple of papayas for $20 (£1.82), ten satsumas for $10 (91p), a bunch of grapes for $20 and a bunch of bananas at $5 (45p).

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Vegetable-wise, Linh bought two bunches of choi sum today at $8 (73p) which is really cheap since it can cost around £2 in London.

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Altars at homes and businesses
Chinese culture in Hong Kong still has lots of visible signs of tradition, none more so than the placement of red altars in homes and businesses. I've already mentioned that my family is fortunate enough to have a small but completely separate building for our altar, so we don't have one in our Hong Kong house, although there is a small pot just outside our door to burn incense occasionally.

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Bananas, housing and vegetable plots in the New Territories
Living in the New Territories, which is mostly countryside, means bananas in your back yard. Check out this large bunch of beauties my mother picked up!

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Since Hong Kong is tropical and there is space in the NT, inhabitants can nurture all kinds of fruit and vegetables, most of which will not grow in the UK.

In fact, around a decade ago, our village, Ting Kok, was far less populated, and our grandparents house (next door to our current family home) was surrounded by vegetation plots, from which my late grand mother would grow bananas, sugar cane, and all kinds of lettuce, cabbage and greens.

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