More Chinese New Year Decorations

Yes, we have been posting quite a bit about Chinese New Year in Hong Kong already. But there is just so much to see that we can’t stop. Until now we mainly focused on showing you stuff related to cute characters that we love so much. But of course there is a lot more to this super important Chinese holiday. So we thought you might be interested in getting some impressions of what everyday things look like at the moment. Because in every place you go and every store you enter you will find some Chinese New Year decoration or special products to buy. So take a look at some more general pictures about Chinese New Year.

a stationery shop with CNY decoration in Tsim Sha Tsui at nighttime

a stationery shop with CNY decoration in Tsim Sha Tsui at nighttime

everywhere you look it is red, red, red

everywhere you look it is red, red, red

decorations with dragons are really big, it is the year of the dragon after all

decorations with dragons are really big, it is the year of the dragon after all

Chinese New Year lights covering whole buildings at the New Mandarin Plaza

Chinese New Year lights covering whole buildings at the New Mandarin Plaza

CNY decoration in a Wellcome supermarket

CNY decoration in a Wellcome supermarket

big tables full of candy

big tables full of candy

most stores now have a whole section with Chinese New Year stuff

most stores now have a whole section with Chinese New Year stuff

Now is the time to buy a mandarine tree - it stands for good luck

Now is the time to buy a mandarine tree - it stands for good luck

the entrance of a regular appartment building with decoration

the entrance of a regular appartment building with decoration

Disney, Rilakkuma & Hello Kitty Chinese New Year Decoration

Chinese New Year is almost there and even if you don’t have a clue about it, you can definitely tell that it’s a big thing. At least if you live in Hong Kong, because by now – one week before the celebrations – the whole city has turned into a place of red and gold decorations. And as we have entered the crunch-time of preparing for the festivities, we found a lot of stuff we want to share with you. Because a lot of our favourite characters appear on Chinese New Year decorations.

Especially on Fai Chuns – paper decorations with good wishes that you can hang in your home – you can find cute characters like Hello Kitty, Rilakkuma, My Melody, Mickey or Minnie Mouse. Often the characters are combined with other symbols important for Chinese New Year such as mandarines, ingots (gold nuggets) or dragons (2012 is the year of the dragon), which mean good luck or prosperity. Fire cracker decorations (of course no real firecrackers) are also really popular as a Chinese New Year decoration. And the red envelopes or red packets must not be missing either. Those little paper envelopes are passed out during the celebrations filled with money. Usually married couples give them to unmarried juniors, adults give them to children too.

cute Hello Kitty Fai Chun in rectangular shape

cute Hello Kitty Fai Chun in rectangular shape

Rilakkuma and friends also wish good luck for Chinese New Year

Rilakkuma and friends also wish good luck for Chinese New Year

Disney Fai Chun with Mickey Mouse holding a typical ingot gold nugget

Disney Fai Chun with Mickey Mouse holding a typical ingot gold nugget

Hello Kitty Fai Chun on a Dragon

Hello Kitty Fai Chun on a Dragon

more Rilakkuma, Hello Kitty and My Melody Fai Chuns

more Rilakkuma, Hello Kitty and My Melody Fai Chuns

cute plush toy Rilakkuma decoration with mandarines for prosperity

cute plush toy Rilakkuma decoration with mandarines for prosperity

Hello Kitty & My Melody fire cracker decoration - no real ones of course

Hello Kitty & My Melody fire cracker decoration - no real ones of course

very important for Chinese New Year - red envelopes

very important for Chinese New Year - red envelopes

a mandarine tree made from paper, including cute mickey mouse heads

a mandarine tree made from paper, including cute mickey mouse heads

Cute products on Hong Kong’s Groupbuying pages

Groupbuying websites are really in popular in Hong Kong at the moment. There are a lot of different sites that offer special deals where you can save a lot of money for certain products or services, but only if enough people buy it. You really find a lot of offers from restaurants and for beauty products or spas, but we also saw quite a few ones for cute items with our favourite characters.

One of the most interesting things was a deal on the platform Groupon, offering traditional Chinese Turnip Pudding and Red Bean CNY Pudding from Maxim’s cakes in Hello Kitty Style. Those two dishes are a specialty for Chinese New Year, which is starting at the end of January. On other groupbuying platforms we found cute Hello Kitty headphones plugy jacks or even the cute Little Red Riding Hood shopping bag.

Traditional Chinese Food with Hello Kitty heads

Traditional Chinese Food with Hello Kitty heads

Cute Hello Kitty plugy jacks for earphones on beecrazy.hk

Cute Hello Kitty plugy jacks for earphones on beecrazy.hk

also products from Otogicco can be found on groupbuying platforms

also products from Otogicco can be found on groupbuying platforms

Chinese New Year Hello Kitty Decoration

You can tell that Chinese New Year is approaching. Almost all stationery shops in Hong Kong are covered in red, as they sell thousands of cards and decoration material for that holiday at the end of January. In every supermarket you find tons of special candy to buy as presents. The 7-Eleven convenient stores still have their Tokidoki x Hello Kitty promotion going that we already posted on the blog. But a couple of days ago they also adapted their decoration to the celebration ahead. So now all 7-Elevens have a special Chinese New Year Hello Kitty design. The center of the decoration is the cute Hello Kitty charm on the dragon of the Tokidoki series, as the year of the dragon is coming.

Chinese New Year Hello Kitty banner in a 7Eleven

Chinese New Year Hello Kitty banner in a 7Eleven

this store also added festoons to the decoration

this store also added festoons to the decoration

stickers with good luck wishes in Chinese

stickers with good luck wishes in Chinese

7Eleven Banner with Tokidoki Hello Kitty designs

7Eleven Banner with Tokidoki Hello Kitty designs

Rilakkuma collection at Hong Kong’s b+ab stores

Big Rilakkuma bears are looking at you when you pass stores of the fashion label b+ab in Hong Kong at the moment. The label just released a Rilakkuma collection and is currently promoting it in all shops. So there are kawaii Rilakkuma bears on all of their shop windows that look super cute of course. As do the clothes of the collection. You can get cute shirts and hoodies with our cute friend on it. Escpecially the hoodies with the bear ears on the hood rock. Can it be more Rilakkuma?

shop window of a b+ab store in Hong Kong

shop window of a b+ab store in Hong Kong

it's huge Rilakkuma bears on all shop windows

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a glance at the Rilakkuma collection

a glance at the Rilakkuma collection

the Rilakkuma shelf attracts attention

the Rilakkuma shelf attracts attention

the official poster of the Rilakkuma collection

the official poster of the Rilakkuma collection

cute cakes with our favourite characters

Hong Kong is packed with cute stuff from Rilakkuma, Sentimental Circus, Kutusita Nyanko, Hello Kitty, Kuromi and many more characters we love. You can get eveything with your favourite character on it. Yes, even food. Today we show you some very sweets cakes that we discovered during the last days. Aren’t they just adorable?

There are basically two types of character cakes: The ones that are really shaped like the figures such as the Angry Birds cakes you can currently get at Hong Kong’s Maxim’s cakes and the ones that use the characters as embellishments like the Hello Kitty cake we also saw at Maxim’s or the Rilakkuma series of Saint Honore Cake Shop. We hope they taste as good as they look, but they already get 10 points for the cute appearance. Which cake do you like best?

cake with cute Hello Kitty embellishments

cake with cute Hello Kitty embellishments

Maxim's cake offers special Angry Birds cakes for X-mas

Angry Birds cakes at Hong Kong's Maxim's Cakes

Angry Birds cake with many details

Angry Birds cake with many details

Rilakkuma cake at Saint Honore Cake Shop

Rilakkuma cake at Saint Honore Cake Shop

another cake of that series from the Saint Honore Cake Shop website

another cake of that series from the Saint Honore Cake Shop website

Hello Kitty collection at Stay Real stores in Hong Kong

One of our team members discovered a whole Hello Kitty collection while shopping in Hong Kong’s mall Langham Place the other day. The label Stayreal launched the Hello Kitty x STAYREAL which has quite a few ‘different’ designs. You don’t see Hello Kitty too often as a robot with glowing eyes or dressed in leather on a motorbike. What’s your opinion? Do you like it?

Hello Kitty collection at Stay Real stores in Hong Kong

Hello Kitty collection at Stay Real stores in Hong Kong

Hello Kitty collection at Stay Real stores in Hong Kong

Hello Kitty collection at Stay Real stores in Hong Kong

Hello Kitty collection at Stay Real stores in Hong Kong

Hello Kitty collection at Stay Real stores in Hong Kong

Hello Kitty collection at Stay Real stores in Hong Kong

Hello Kitty collection at Stay Real stores in Hong Kong

Hello Kitty collection at Stay Real stores in Hong Kong

Hello Kitty collection at Stay Real stores in Hong Kong

Hello Kitty collection at Stay Real stores in Hong Kong

Hello Kitty collection at Stay Real stores in Hong Kong

Hello Kitty collection at Stay Real stores in Hong Kong

Hello Kitty collection at Stay Real stores in Hong Kong

Tokidoki x Hello Kitty at Hong Kong’s 7-Eleven stores

Hong Kong is full of Hello Kitty again – even more than usual. Currently there is a big Tokidoki x Hello Kitty promotion going on at all the 7-Eleven shops in Hong Kong. Which means that you basically see Hello Kitty everywhere because there are just so many 7-Elevens over here. There are 22 different Hello Kitty charms, designed in collaboration with Italian lifestyle brand Tokidoki. To get one of those funny toys you have to collect stamps. For every purchase worth 20 HKD you get a stamp. Once you’ve collected 15 stamps you get a charm for free (or just add 20 HKD when you have 5 stamps and get one too). Aren’t the designs really cute? We like the Donut Kitty and Apple Kitty really a lot. But they are all adorable, no doubt about that. There even is a whole Hello Kitty spot about the collection.

And of course there is more Hello Kitty going on in 7-Eleven. We found those funny Hello Kitty toys and yummy looking cookies in the shelves too.

Tokidoki x Hello Kitty official poster

Tokidoki x Hello Kitty official poster

all the different Hello Kitty charms in the 7-Eleven stores

all the different Hello Kitty charms in the 7-Eleven stores

unfortunately they are presented in a vitrine, so no touching

unfortunately they are presented in a vitrine, so no touching

on the 7-Eleven homepage you can look at all the characters

on the 7-Eleven homepage you can look at all the characters

cute Hello Kitty toys in one of the 7-Eleven shelves

cute Hello Kitty toys in one of the 7-Eleven shelves

yummy looking Hello Kitty cookies @ 7-Eleven

yummy looking Hello Kitty cookies @ 7-Eleven

Hello Kitty back to Ice Age in Hong Kong

Christmas kawaii. Langham Place, a big Shopping mall in Mong Kok (Hong Kong), presents a cute Hello Kitty installation during the whole Christmas season. Last year they already had a display Hello Kitty back to London, This year’s theme Hello Kitty back to Ice Age really creates a great winter mood, because Hello Kitty is dressed in warm winter clothes standing in lots of ice. And in Hong Kong it’s still over 20 degrees Celcius.

There are always long lines in front of each Hello Kitty character, because everybody wants a picture of himself with the cute kitties. Staff even has to coordinate the people, so that everybody can take a picture. Which one is your favourite?

The whole Hello Kitty installation - official photo by Langham Place

The whole Hello Kitty installation – official photo by Langham Place

cute Hello Kitty shaped monitors show the official poster

cute Hello Kitty shaped monitors show the official poster

cute Hello Kitty travelling back to Ice Age on a plane

cute Hello Kitty travelling back to Ice Age on a plane

adorable Hello Kitty in warm winter clothes

adorable Hello Kitty in warm winter clothes

People pose with Hello Kitty and mammut for pictures

People pose with Hello Kitty and mammut for pictures

Hello Kitty in a spaceship arriving at Ice Age

Hello Kitty in a spaceship arriving at Ice Age

many people wanted to see Hello Kitty

many people wanted to see Hello Kitty

in the whole mall there are advertisements for the exhibition

in the whole mall there are advertisements for the exhibition

the entrance of the mall is decorated in Hello Kitty style too

the entrance of the mall is decorated in Hello Kitty style too

Hello Kitty at McDonald’s Hong Kong

Guys, it’s Hello Kitty everywhere in Hong Kong. McDonald’s Hong Kong has a special Hello Kitty promotion going on at the moment. You can get 4 really cute plush toys for 25 HKD a piece to every meal that you purchase. Hello Kitty is dressed as famous McDonald’s characters, there is Ronald McDonald, Hamburglar, Grimace and Birdie. Of course Hello Kitty looks much cuter than the originals. You see the lovely toys throughout the whole city and there are special TV advertisements, which are running these days. Even the staff at McDonald’s is wearing Hello Kitty shirts, what an adorable work uniform. It made me think about how a work uniform for our team could look like. But there are just so many cute characters in our shop, they would all have to be on the uniform – so it would be very crowded.

the 4 Hello Kitty toys you can choose from

the 4 Hello Kitty toys you can choose from

you see the Hello Kitty plush toys everywhere

you see the Hello Kitty plush toys everywhere

even the staff is wearing Hello Kitty shirts

even the staff is wearing Hello Kitty shirts