Candid Hong Kong – Christmas Street

Every fortnight I share a photo that shows a little insight into Hong Kong life. Sometimes they are things that made me smile, classic Hong Kong sights or just really unusual things.

A little while ago, I wrote about Toy Street in Hong Kong, a street filled with cheap toy shops. I had heard that around Christmas time it is the place to buy Christmas decorations, but when I went a couple of weeks ago I wasn’t quite prepared for the transformation – Toy Street has become Christmas Street!

So if you’re looking for some cheap Christmas decorations in Hong Kong, you now know where to go! (FYI, it’s Fuk Wing Street in Sham Shui Po)

151202 Candid Hong Kong - toy street turns into christmas street

151202 Candid Hong Kong - Christmas decorations on toy street

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3D paper star Christmas garland

Our Christmas decorations this year are a fairly minimal affair. For a start, we don’t have a tree because the twins would just pull it over and try to eat it! (I’m very much looking forward to the time when they don’t put everything in their mouths) All decorations have to be out of their reach, so we hung some tinsel over the picture frames and we have some baubles hanging from the ceiling. And I decided that what we really needed was a pretty garland! After looking at some of my pins on Pinterest, I decided to go with a garland of 3D paper stars.

3D Christmas paper star garland - Little Koo

I used this tutorial for my stars (mine are a little less blingy than theirs!), and I made my stars from large sheets of fairly heavy plain red and green coloured paper. I wouldn’t say I have much to add to the tutorial, other than the fact that I scored all the folds before folding them because I found it difficult to accurately fold otherwise (although it might be easier with thinner paper).

Papercraft 3D stars - Little Koo

I made my stars as big as I could, which meant the template just fitted onto a sheet of A4 paper. When I was glueing the back pieces together, I thought that I would overlap the two sides as much as possible, but I found this made a very pointy star, and it actually looked better when the sides were about halfway across each other. I used tacky (PVA) glue to stick the back pieces together and held them in place with paper clips while they were drying. N.B. make sure your star is the right way out when you start glueing – I didn’t realise this with the first one I made and ended up with an inverted star!

3D Christmas paper stars - Little Koo

I stamped gold and silver motifs onto the stars before folding them, but you can’t really see it all that well. Oh well!

Stamped 3D stars - Little Koo

I think the 3D shape is quite effective for what is a very simple papercraft, especially when the light is not shining directly onto it so some of the sides are in shadow. What do you think?

Christmas garland - Little Koo

Let me know if you have made any of your own Christmas decorations, I’d love to see them!

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Christmas in Hong Kong

It’s our first Christmas in Hong Kong, and it’s really interesting to see the ways that Christmas is the same and different here as back in the UK. Christmas is not a traditionally Chinese festival, therefore a lot of the Christmassy things we are seeing and doing are coming from the expat community and international brands, such as carol services and M&S mince pies!

Christmas preparations started here much later than in the UK. The first thing I saw relating to Christmas was this in mid-November:

Christmas trees for sale in Happy Valley, Hong Kong

Then, almost as soon as December hit, the little local stationary shops were full of Christmas decorations:

Christmas in the Hong Kong stationary shops

And poinsettias popped up everywhere:

Poinsettias outside the Cosmopolitan Hotel, Hong Kong

Soon, the shopping malls were getting in on the act:

Christmas tree in Festival Walk, Hong KongChristmas decorations at The East, Hong Kong(although I’m not sure what trains and cogs have to do with Christmas)

But the most impressive are the lights on the skyscrapers:

Christmas lights, Gloucester Road, Hong KongSun Hung Kai building Christmas lights, Hong KongKowloon Christmas lights, Hong KongChristmas lights, Hong Kong island

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