Year of the Dog 8

Another good place to visit during the Year of the Dog is the Victorian town of Casterton – the birthplace of the Kelpie. This statue of the original Kelpie (that was her name) stands in the main street.

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Year of the Dog 1


Happy New Year! In the Chinese zodiac, 2018 is the Year of the Dog. China uses the lunar  calendar and Chinese New Year isn’t until 16 February, so it is still the Year of the Hen there.

However Japan uses the western (solar) calendar, so today is the first day of the Year of the Dog in Japan. Here are two origami dogs to mark the start of the new year.

Writing on the Wall

We came across plenty of impressive calligraphy during our visit to Hong Kong last month – much of it written on walls. The two large characters shown above and below are at Hau Wong Temple in Kowloon. They mean longevity (above) and crane (the bird, below)

This one is beside the hiking trail from Po Lin Monastery on Lantau Island to Chung Kung, and means Buddha.

And we saw all these people feverishly writing on a wall at Wong Tai Sin Temple, presumably seeking good luck at Chinese New Year.