Mid Autumn Festival was Monday and I didn’t eat nearly enough mooncakes. They’re a Chinese dessert eaten almost only for Mid Autumn Festival, usually filled with lotus paste and possibly duck egg yolks. I think I’m the only person on the planet that actually likes the yolks, so there are other flavors too – I had a few with just lotus paste and one with date paste and nuts. I wish I had tried some of the fancier ones though! They have all sorts of fruit ones, and even some with ice cream. I was kind of hoping to try one with durian too… I haven’t looked much, but I’m hoping it’s like Easter and they’ll all be on sale now that the holiday is over. I’ll have to find some before they’re gone!
For the actual festival we went to Victoria Park in Causeway Bay, where they were having a huge lantern carnival! They had a bunch of displays with huge lanterns – like, bigger than me, lanterns. There were lanterns shaped like people, buildings, fish, farm animals, everything! The biggest one, though, was this gigantic fish lantern made of tons of smaller lanterns. It was ginormous! There had to be thousands of lanterns in that thing, and they kept changing colors to make different patterns. It was so beautiful.
Then Tuesday I went to the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery. It’s not actually monastery because there aren’t any monks, but that’s the only part of the name that’s a lie. There are literally ten thousand Buddha statues. Almost all of them are gold, too. Some were tiny, only a couple inches tall, and some were 20 feet high. It was all the way up on the mountain, and you had to hike the stairs up, so honestly they could’ve gotten away with calling it the Ten Thousand Stairs Monastery. Good calf workout.
I went by myself. I’m so used to doing things on my own, and I haven’t been able to in awhile. Obviously I want to be around friends, but sometimes I just really want to be by myself. Going to the monastery alone was great – I got to walk at my own pace, go on my own schedule. I think I’m going to explore Hong Kong a little more on my own.