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Hongkongers flock to Sai Kung during Chinese New Year

Every weekend, Sang Poon plays saxophone at the Sai Kung waterfront. Poon used to work in a bar playing jazz and pop music, but lost his job during the pandemic and turned to busking. He says Sai Kung is a hotspot for visitors.

“I love the view here. I have fun playing music and I get to make some money," said Sang Poon.

Despite Hong Kong encountering the largest Covid-19 wave of the pandemic, residents are flocking to Sai Kung as travel restrictions kept most home for the Lunar New Year.

"It's been busy for the past week. Business is okay because of the Chinese New Year holidays. It is especially busy on Sundays," said Tim Fung, a staff member at the Chuen Kee seafood restaurant in Sai Kung.

Sai Kung has become a preferred destination for Hongkoners looking to sightsee, hike and eat as well as escaping the busy city.

"There's beautiful scenery here with a relaxed atmosphere. It's really a nice holiday vibe and we enjoy it," said Kathryn Troy and Stephen Troy, a couple walking with their 15-month old daughter. The Troys live in nearby Sha Kok Mei village and visit the waterfront regularly.

While seafood restaurants at the waterfront hustle, nearby grocery shops closer to Sai Kung square are not as busy. Timothy Ng owns Butcher King, a fresh vegetable and meat store on Yi Chun street, which has been operating for 31 years.

“The last two to three years have been the hardest because of the pandemic," said Ng.

Diners at Hung Kee seafood restaurant sit outside during the first cold front of the year at the Sai Kung waterfront. 
Customers dining at Chuen Kee seafood restaurant at the waterfront, where more than eight restaurants are located.
Visitors take a walk at the waterfront, while others buy tickets to Sharp Island at the speed boat service counter on Feb. 6.
Visitors disembark from a boat after visiting Sharp Island’s Hap Mun Bay. The journey takes around 15 minutes and costs $40 roundtrip.
Chinese New Year greeting signs wish prosperity, wealth and good fortune at the Sai Kung waterfront.
Sang Poon plays his digital saxophone at the waterfront, while his friend plays with his pet dog, Mui Mui. Poon said he makes at least a few hundred dollars, depending on the day, and his pet attracts visitor attention.
Fishermen selling seafood to customers in their boats at the waterfront.
Diners at Little Cove Espresso, a cafe at the waterfront while others queue for a seat. Despite not being a seafood restaurant, this cafe is said to be mostly busy.
Children and adults watch the colourful flying kites.
Fishing, water taxi and private-owned boats on the harbour by the pier.
Passersby on See Cheung street in Sai Kung, near the waterfront.


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