Carp streamers galore fly about in the wind in a part
of Hong Kong known in Cantonese as Carp Channel
When viewed up close, the colorful streamers look to
have been individually hand painted! :O
Long before I visited Lei Yue Mun, I had heard about it and also seen it from the other side of Victoria Harbour -- more specifically, the Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence. But while I had long yearned to check it out, on the two occasions that I've actually been in the area, it was post-hike, so I ended up spending less time exploring the place than I feel it's actually due.
Adding to my haste in going through Lei Yue Mun this past Sunday was my needing to having a barbecue party to go to later that afternoon. Thus it was that I walked very quickly past an area where hundreds of eye-catching carp streamers (or windsocks) were hanging, pausing only to take a few photos but not to look for signs explaining why they were there (where on my previous visit, there had been none).
If anyone who comes by this blog post can enlighten me, please do so in the comments thread. In the meantime, I'll take a guess that it's related to Lei Yue Mun meaning Carp Channel in Cantonese -- as opposed to their having been there to celebrate Children's Day, as would be the case in Japan! ;b