Smooth operas in Hong Kong
The 10th annual Let’s Enjoy Cantonese Opera in Bamboo Theatre showcase, which consists of free Cantonese opera performances, kicked off in Hong Kong last December. Visitors now have until May 16 to catch it before it winds down. Curated with the kids in mind, the shows are interactive, and they make the time-honored Chinese performance art fun and easy to appreciate. Tickets to the performances at the Bamboo Theatre in Hang Hau Village are free on a first-come, first-served basis. lcsd.gov.hk
A sugar high in Melbourne and Sydney
After a first sold-out run, the Sugar Republic exhibition is being extended in Melbourne and Sydney and will run until May 19. The pop-up features 14 interactive dessert-themed spaces that are just begging to be Instagrammed. Kids and kidults are free to roam the licorice playroom, dive into the giant sprinkles ball pit, swing about in a fruit-filled room, jump out of a giant birthday cake or strike a pose with Pop Art installations. With each ticket (from A$35, about P1,295, for adults; and A$29, about P1,075, for kids), you have exactly one hour to explore everything — free ice cream and lollies are included. Be sure to reserve a slot online before you go. sugarrepublic.com.au
Let it snow in Taiwan
From April to May each year, hilly and mountainous ranges across Taiwan appear blanketed in white. The phenomenon, called “April Snow” or “May Snow”, is brought about by tung flowers (of the Vernicia fordii tree) that come into full bloom at this time. The Hakka Tung Blossom Festival is celebrated to commemorate the flowers — once an important cash crop for the Hakka people — and the season. Explore the Hakka village, follow and admire the scenic blossom trails across different districts and witness traditional ceremonies held in tribute to the tung flowers. Visit the festival website for scheduling and flower status updates. tung.hakka.gov.tw
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This article first appeared in the May 2019 issue of Smile magazine.