I visited Chinatown with my family on Thursday to look at the Chinese New Year decorations that they had for this year. This year was the year of the horse so I thought I should go check it out.
The decorations were all along the stretch of Chinatown from People’s Park Centre to Smith Street (if I don’t remember wrongly)
Although all might say Chinese New Year decorations and things that were sold in Chinatown might be the same throughout the years, but there were things and sights that I only believed it when I really saw it for myself.
There were many locals as well as tourists snapping the sights of Chinese New Year in Chinatown; so I thought I should also do the same to capture some good moments!
There was this Koi Kei Bakery that we visited – this is the well-known pastry and bakery shop in Macau that has been around for at least a year (according to the shopkeeper), and I only knew it through my parents and with them watching the TVB HK drama “巨轮”. My parents bought some of those pastries home and especially my dad was very happy with his buys.
As the sky got darker, the lights got brighter and the crowds became larger.
Then I came across Lim Chee Guan (the all-time famous traditional BBQ sliced pork) and the queue was ridiculously long; which is a once-in-a-year thing for the queue for this well-known bakwa. I decided to join in the queue (and not buying anything) just for the fun of it.
From the photo position that I took, you can see where is the queue ending at. LOL but I heard from my friends that there were other times that may be longer than where i stood so I am considered lucky already? But then look at the photo below: it says their signature bakkwa is SOLD OUT!
Then, with that we headed to Bee Cheng Hiang, which had a really nice exterior decor for their building.
This uncle here was very good with his bbq-ing on the meat, he was fast and needed to be like this so that the meat will not be over-cooked.
End product! If you were standing where I did, you will definitely be amazed on the amount of Bakkwa that you were staring right in front of you. Probably if you combine the stack on the left side and the one here, it will be stacked so high up that you might not even see the aunty’s face.
This year’s Chinese New Year exploration was quite exciting, as compared to so many years before, when I was still young and got squashed by all the adults, and if you wear something lesser, the old men will start staring (which is one of the main reason that I dislike Chinatown); but other than that, I like how Chinatown hypes up the CNY feel and I hope that I can celebrate CNY in another country too! (hopefully China, Taiwan or Hong Kong)