The annual Sedan Chair Race to raise money for charities and to promote Matilda Hospital (明德醫院) was held yesterday morning. Every November, teams representing their corporate sponsors, clad in over-the-top costumes and carrying equally over-the-top sedan chairs, loop around the three-quarter mile route along Mt. Kellett Road on the Peak.
I used to live right on the intersection where Mt. Kellett Road meets Homestead Road. As early as September each year, from my living room window I would see young men and women training for the event, a scene that became synonymous with the arrival of autumn. I watched the race last year with great interest and took a copious amount of pictures, though I was miffed that few local Chinese turned up for the event. This year I was all gung-ho about entering the race with people from work, only to find out that we missed the registration deadline by two weeks.
In the end, I slept in that morning and wound up not watching the event altogether. To make up for missing the hoopla, I decided to read up on how the whole idea of a sedan race came about in the first place...