A Mid-Autumn Festival night and a Magical Mystery tour on top a Big Open Air Bus!

By Arielle Emmett, Visiting Scholar 

Still remember the mid-autumn bus tour we had last week?

It was a magical mystery tour  through Hong Kong’s most gaudily lit neighborhoods.  Shun Hing College (Block A) students climbed atop an open-air bus and took a ride that blew our hair, choked us with heat and fumes while streaking through the tunnel to Kowloon, and wowed us with full views of the mid-autumn moon.

Our bus ride started from HKU Residential Colleges, through Central, Wan Chai, some juicy red light districts, then crossed the harbor to Tsim Sha Tsui for a laser light show that never quite materialized (we couldn’t hear any music and the tech people on Hong Kong Island kept testing skinny green laser bands that looked about as powerful as flashlights).  We traveled through the busy district of Mong Kok and back again to Hong Kong Island, ending at Victoria Park, where students disembarked and reveled in the mid-autumn doings with tons of locals, lanterns, and dragons!

That night no one was particularly worried about Typhoon Usagi, which was predicted to strike Hong Kong 48 hours later in a direct hit.  Instead, revelers enjoyed the sizzle of the annual Lantern Wonderland, Mid Autumn Market and the Fire Dragon.


A Magic Carpet Ride through HK Island and Kowloon

Thanks to Tom Gunawan for arranging the event, along with Horatius Lee, intrepid photographer and other Shun Hing College (Block A) tutors.

Now let’s see the pictures from the event!

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