The crazy rides at the AIA Fair
Chinese New Year (CNY) is the best time to be in HK simply because everyone is in holiday mode and the whole focus is on fun, frolic and enjoyment. The people I went with were mad about rides and would try anything....I did not know this at the time. This was an internationally acclaimed travelling carnival that had come back to Hong Kong after a good 7 years. The excitement surrounding it was tremendous and as it was Chinese New Year time the crowds were literally, thronging. My friends and I bought tickets, entered and after some warm-up rides we saw this one (picture above). They all immediately wanted to go on it but I was skeptical. The ride literally flung people over the sea, I wasn't sure I could stomach that much excitement. I asked them to go ahead but they wouldn't go without me and eventually coaxed me into it. I went on this ride and it was crazy. It spun us around and flung us sideways and all I could see were ant-like people below, the looming sea and other riders' screaming faces. After a while I shut my eyes, I felt really scared and sick but that lasted for just a bit and by the time it was over I was even enjoying myself!
The real monster was the Mach 5, a ride like no other....where the riders were strapped in and spun around 360 degrees. I guess I am one of the privileged few who can say that I have seen the Hong Kong skyline upside down. I loved the fair, replete with funny cardboard scenes with faces cut out where we posed for photos and the lion dance where they showered lettuce leaves at us for luck. Novel experiences!