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With the rainy months a-coming, we may have to say "hasta luego" to our beaches for now. But that doesn't mean you'll have to ignore that travel itch. Enter Hong Kong. [firstpara]They have just put their tourism into high gear with the Festive Hong Kong 2010 campaign.

Not like you need any more reason to ride the plane, but just the same, here are five reason why Hong Kong is the place to be this season! Prepare your passports while reading!

1. The Bun Festival Kicks off the Festivities
Also known as Hong Kong’s version of the Mardi Gras, this event is highlighted by the Floating Colors Parade known as “Piu Sik.” People in colorful costumes and kids in bright make-up will be a familiar sight come the Bun Festival.

Chinese mythical characters will also be seen floating in the air, and Cheung Chau’s famous “blessed buns” is the defining element of the event as it is believed to bring good luck.

2. Honolulu Café has got the best milk tea
Having over fifty years of experience in Hong Kong’s Food and Beverage industry, Honolulu Café is famous for its Egg Tart, Hong Kong style Milk Tea and Coffee, made by Milk Tea Master Ms Or.

If you’re one to visit this popular spot, make sure to drop by on any of the four branches: two Hong Kong style restaurants in Wanchai and Central and two Bakeries and Café in Tsing Yi and Tseung Kwan O. Recommended!

3. The Dragon Boat Festival is starting this June
The popular tradition is making its way to the country’s most popular waterways once again. The Dragon Boat Festival is a colorful and noisy affair, with thousands of people having a crazy time. Mark your calendars on the 16th of June.

And after all the fun and games, it is a requirement to chow on the traditional glutinous rice dumplings. No problem!

The highlight however, is the arrival of the international dragon boat racing teams, along with the first-ever Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival which will be held from the 23rd to the 25th of July.


Next: Beerfest and Ani-com!


WORDS BY MIKEY AGULTO

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