China News Service, Hong Kong, October 2 (Reporter Zeng Ping) The National Day coincides with the Mid-Autumn Festival, and the people of Hong Kong ushered in a four-day "small holiday" in early October.
However, the new crown pneumonia epidemic has not yet ended, and travel is restricted. Many Hong Kong people choose to go close to nature and take vacations to nearby suburbs or outlying islands.
The reporter walked in the communities and streets of Hong Kong on October 2 and found that the festive atmosphere of National Day and Mid-Autumn Festival was still strong.
In a private housing estate in Tseung Kwan O, New Territories, lanterns are hung in the lobby and corridors, jade rabbit lights are placed, and the Mid-Autumn Festival stickers are attached to the glass doors. People who go out walk in groups and walk briskly.
Among the buildings on Hong Kong Island on the Victoria Harbour side, the Golden Bauhinia Square, Tamar Park, Hong Kong City Hall, Hong Kong General Post Office, Central International Finance Centre, etc. are all flying the five-star red flag and the regional flag of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
The Bank of China Building, which has been classified as a first-class historical building, is lit up with brightly colored electronic screens for National Day celebrations and Mid-Autumn Festival.
You can take a boat to the Central Pier on the outlying islands such as Cheung Chau, Peng Chau, and Mui Wo.
College student Miss Li just returned to the city from Cheung Chau by boat at 2 pm with her friends. They went to Cheung Chau with candles and food on the National Day, where they spent the first night of the holiday.
Ms. Li said that she was a little disappointed in not being able to travel abroad during the holiday, but it is also a good thing to take the opportunity to explore the natural scenery of Hong Kong.
During the Mid-Autumn Festival, many Hong Kong citizens have the habit of eating together with their families.
Under the epidemic, Mr. Li, who lives in Shau Kei Wan, the eastern district of Hong Kong Island, gave up the habit of having dinner in restaurants and chose to spend the holidays with his mother at home.
On the day following the Mid-Autumn Festival, Mr. Li took advantage of the short holiday and planned to camp on Lantau Island with his family.
He bought nearly 1,000 Hong Kong dollars worth of meat at the Shau Kei Wan Vegetable Market and prepared it for barbecue.
Mr. Li said that there are always concerns about eating in restaurants during the epidemic, so being close to nature is a better choice.
In the past, Mr. Li often went to Tai Hang to watch the fire dragon dance during the Mid-Autumn Festival. The event was cancelled this year due to the epidemic.
Mr. Li feels that the epidemic has made life less comfortable for everyone in 2020.
However, he also found that after the implementation of the Hong Kong National Security Law, there were significantly fewer people taking to the streets on the National Day this year than last year.
He said that he hopes that the epidemic will pass soon and that the city will return to business as soon as possible.