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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