Sunday, 6 January 2013

Christmas in Hong Kong

We spent Christmas  2012  in Hong Kong and it was interesting to see how they celebrated Christmas and the holiday season.
 We were both surprised just how big Christmas was and how lavish Christmas decorations were in shopping centres. One particular shopping centre has a ski mountain with a model gondola moving across the shopping centre. Another shopping centre had fake snow blowing down from the ceiling. Shops were busy and many of the high- end stores had queues out the front to get in. Roger and I felt we were the only ones on Christmas Eve without a Louis Vuitton shopping bag!
Each night the buildings on the harbour would light up with spectacular Christmas lights which drew large crowds. Christmas Eve saw many roads closed to cope with the crowds and the amount of people that were walking down the normally busy Nathan Rd was mind boggling.
Tourist spots were also very busy and the wait to catch the tram up to the Peak was nearly an hour. We went for a walk up Nathan Rd Christmas morning and it felt strange that most of the shops were open and people were shopping. In the park many of the domestic helpers had the day off and were having picnic lunches.

The view from the Peak - hard to get a clear day

The Peak tram

Christmas display with moving gondolas

Far too tall for the rickshaw !

Christmas stock in the markets

Our Jess would enjoy this - available at the Peak

The trams are still a great way to explore the island

Christmas decorations

Christmas decorations

A traditional Junk on the harbour

Knitted Christmas trees

Christmas light display

Christmas light display

The Peninsula Hong Kong lit up for Christmas

Christmas light display

Christmas light display

Crowds Christmas Eve night in Nathan Rd.

The harbour at night

Christmas light display

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