For my part, I felt the Tai Hang fire dragon -- which makes its annual appearance the night before, of and after the Mid-Autumn Festival -- calling to me once more yesterday evening. So, after an early dinner with a friend, off I went to a part of Hong Kong that turned out to be less crowded than usual when the fire dragon pays a visit this year; thanks in no small part to the ongoing protests having scared off a good number of visitors, especially Mainland Chinese tour groups. And because the area was not so packed as it has been in recent years, I think I got some of my best shots ever of the traditional harbinger of good luck last night as well as got gifted an incense stick off the fire dragon for the first time ever! :)
Follow the incense and smoke to catch sight not only of
the fire dragon but the actual acts involved in assembling it!
An estimated 70,000 incense sticks are needed, along with large
amounts of straw and twine, for the construction of the fire dragon!
Great balls of fire! The fire dragon on the move,
in pursuit of two fiery and large "pearls"!
Adding to the spectacle is the strong smell of incense
and high heat that accompanies this fabled creature
credited with ridding the area of ill fortune
Hundreds of lit incense sticks on a 70 kilogram head with
electric powered eyes and teeth of sheet metal make for
an awesome sight, especially when viewed up close!
The fire dragon's 67-meter-long body is plenty impressive too!
Throw in the festive street decorations and it's all
really quite the memorable spectacle
The head of the fire dragon at rest is still pretty spectacular
-- but just imagine it in motion... or make a point to
come over and see it for yourself some time! ;b