Hong Kong ushers in the year of the horse


In this Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 photo, a horse swims as part of a routine exercise in a barn at Hong Kong's Jockey Club. Chinese communities around the world were welcoming the arrival of the year of the horse on Friday, Jan. 31 with equine-themed decorations and celebrations. The annual Lunar New Year holiday is mark with particular verve in Hong Kong, the semi-autonomous Chinese financial center that expects 7.93 million visitors, more than territory’s permanent population of 7.1 million. The year is considered especially significant for Hong Kong’s vibrant horse racing scene which boasts two world-class tracks and legions of enthusiastic fans. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu) | Zoom

HONG KONG (AP) - Chinese communities around the world were ushering in the year of the horse starting Friday with equine-themed decorations and celebrations.

The annual Lunar New Year holiday is marked with a particular verve in Hong Kong, the semi-autonomous Chinese financial center that expects nearly 8 million visitors from Jan. 29 to Feb. 6 _ more than the local population of 7.1 million. Most of those travelers will be mainland Chinese, who have been flooding into Hong Kong in increasing numbers in recent years thanks to rising incomes and a strengthening yuan.

Like all animals in the Chinese zodiac, the horse sign comes imbued with certain characteristics, such as vitality, loyalty, steadfastness and a sense of adventure. The year of the horse is generally considered an auspicious time, and business-savvy residents of Hong Kong are hoping for vigorous growth.

The year is considered especially significant for Hong Kong's vibrant horse racing scene, which boasts two world-class tracks and legions of enthusiastic fans.


(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Top Stories

  • Seahawks Schedule
    The Seahawks have released the 2014 regular-season schedule

  • Save the Buses?
    A group is gathering signatures to save transit, but Michael Medved has another solution

  • 21 and Over
    If 21 is the legal age for alcohol and marijuana, why not cigarettes?
ATTENTION COMMENTERS: We've changed our comments, but want to keep you in the conversation.
Please login below with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing MyNorthwest account holders will need to create a new Disqus account or use one of the social logins provided below. Thank you.
comments powered by Disqus
Sign up for breaking news e-mail alerts from MyNorthwest.com
In the community
Do you know a student who stands out in the classroom, school and community?
Help make their dreams come true by nominating them for a $1,000 scholarship and a chance to earn a $10,000 Grand Prize. Brought to you by KIRO Radio and Comprehensive Wealth Management.

Do you know an exceptional citizen who has impacted and inspired others?
KIRO Radio and WSECU would like to recognize six oustanding citizens this year. Nominate them to be recognized and to receive a $2,000 charitable grant.