Christmas in Hong Kong

Christmas is right around the corner and here in Hong Kong, lots of stunning decorations have been placed up all over the city. From cute door and wall stickers to large-scale outdoor installations, Hong Kong certainly loves to bring out some of the most lovely Christmas items and decorations, this time of year! Take a look at some of the gorgeous displays, which include bright lights to metallic colored items, gracing the city. What is Christmas like in your town/city? Tell us all about it!

A large display at Ocean Terminal, Tsim Sha Tsui

A large display at Ocean Terminal, Tsim Sha Tsui

More of the display in Ocean Terminal, Tsim Sha Tsui

More of the display in Ocean Terminal, Tsim Sha Tsui

This is right outside Ocean Terminal too

This is right outside Ocean Terminal too

Large decorations at the staircase to Ocean Terminal

Large decorations at the staircase to Ocean Terminal

A cute snowman statue, also at Ocean Terminal

A cute snowman statue, also at Ocean Terminal

Another look at Ocean Terminal's decorations

Another look at Ocean Terminal’s decorations

The display at 1881 Heritage in Hong Kong

The display at 1881 Heritage in Hong Kong

1881 Heritage sure loves snowmen!

1881 Heritage sure loves snowmen!

The display at Landmark, in Central

The display at Landmark, in Central

The gorgeous Christmas tree at Landmark

The gorgeous Christmas tree at Landmark

Beautiful Christmas trees in Whampoa Garden

Beautiful Christmas trees in Whampoa Garden

A stunning indoor installation, also at Whampoa

A stunning indoor installation, also at Whampoa

Christmas lights in Hong Kong

Like every year we spotted some cute Christmas illuminations near the New Mandarin Plaza in Hong Kong. This year there are funny designs with an ice cream serving Santa Claus and a monkey hinting the upcoming Chinese Year of the Monkey. The buildings glowing in festive green and red lights are a reminder to prepare our own Xmas decoration, since Christmas is just a few weeks away!

Funny Xmas lights at New Mandarin Plaza with Santa's ice cream truck.

Funny Xmas lights at New Mandarin Plaza with Santa’s ice cream truck.

Merry Christmas. Holiday ice cream anyone?

Merry Christmas. Holiday ice cream anyone?

Surprise. A cute Santa and Monkey Christmas illumination in Hong Kong.

Surprise. A cute Santa and Monkey Christmas illumination in Hong Kong.

This year Santa's little helper is this funny monkey.

This year Santa’s little helper is this funny monkey.

Season's Greetings. This bright reindeer spends the winter in warm Hong Kong.

Season’s Greetings. This bright reindeer spends the winter in warm Hong Kong.

Mid-Autumn Festival bunny lanterns in Hong Kong

Last weekend all of Hong Kong celebrated the annual Mid-Autumn Festival. We took some lovely pictures of the mid-autumn lanterns close to the city’s iconic harbor. Fittingly, this year’s theme of the lantern display at Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront were many cute rabbits under a colorful moon.

Colorful bunny lanterns in Hong Kong.

Colorful bunny lanterns in Hong Kong.

Bunny lanterns and water lilies in Tsim Sha Tsui .

Bunny lanterns and water lilies in Tsim Sha Tsui .

Hong Kong's amazing harbor.

Hong Kong’s amazing harbor.

Mid-Autumn Festival at the waterfront.

Mid-Autumn Festival at the waterfront.

Colorful girl lanterns in Hong Kong.

Colorful girl lanterns in Hong Kong.

Colorful oriental lanterns in Hong Kong.

Colorful oriental lanterns in Hong Kong.

Colorful bunny lanterns in Hong Kong.

Colorful bunny lanterns in Hong Kong.

Mid-Autumn Festival in Hong Kong.

Mid-Autumn Festival in Hong Kong.

Gudetama ‘Eggs-hibition’ and store in Hong Kong.

Say hello to Gudetama, one of Sanrio‘s new characters. This year the lazy little egg came out of his shell to surprise customers in Hong Kong’s busy shopping area Mong Kok. Together with a pop-up store, fans can explore truly ‘egg-cellent’ exhibits, including a kawaii Gudetama themed bakery, a commuter train and Japanese restaurants. As the pictures from the Hong Kong website unwire show, there are also some special limited edition products on sale until September. However, fans of Gudetama and Hello Kitty don’t need to go egg-hunting, but can find their favorite Sanrio characters at modes4u.

Gudetama turns 10 and celebrates with cake and egg tart in Hong Kong.

Gudetama turns 10 and celebrates with cake and egg tart in Hong Kong.

This Gudetama style Sushi restaurant is part of a big 'Eggs-hibition'  in Hong Kong.

This Gudetama style Sushi restaurant is part of a big ‘Eggs-hibition’ in Hong Kong.

Fans can see many new forms of the lazy little egg, like this Shushi roll.

Fans can see many new forms of the lazy little egg, like this Shushi roll.

In the bakery everything looks funny, cute and delicious.

In the bakery everything looks funny, cute and delicious.

Nothing can stir him up. Gudetama has a reputation for being lazy.

Nothing can stir him up. Gudetama has a reputation for being lazy.

All aboard the Gudetama train. No ticket required.

All aboard the Gudetama train. No ticket required.

Conductor Gudetama seems to take a break... Again.

Conductor Gudetama seems to take a break… Again.

We are sure a real Gudetama Ramen restaurant would be a success in Hong Kong.

We are sure a real Gudetama Ramen restaurant would be a success in Hong Kong.

It looks like visitors can join Gudetama for lunch.

It looks like visitors can join Gudetama for lunch.

The pop-up store is very popular among shoppers and tourists.

The pop-up store is very popular among shoppers and tourists.

Some of the special Gudetama items in the shop.

Some of the special Gudetama items in the shop.

yellow Gudetama lazy egg fabric from Sanrio Japan

yellow Gudetama lazy egg fabric from Sanrio Japan

off-white Gudetama lazy egg fabric from Sanrio Japan

off-white Gudetama lazy egg fabric from Sanrio Japan

Sanrio birthday cake Re-Ment miniature blind box Hello Kitty Little Twin Stars

Sanrio birthday cake Re-Ment miniature blind box Hello Kitty Little Twin Stars

Little Twin Stars & My Melody 40th anniversary celebration in Hong Kong

Little Twin Stars and My Melody are celebrating their 40th Birthday this year. The cute Sanrio characters surprised customers in Hong Kong‘s shopping district Causeway Bay with a pop op store and an amazing exhibition, including a dream house, a flower truck, birthday cakes and much more. We found lovely pictures on the Hong Kong website jetsoclub, showing that the cute bunny and Kiki and Lala have become just as popular as their big sister Hello Kitty. The store in the colorful little house offers some special limited edition products, like kawaii pink anniversary backpacks. Fans can visit the exhibition until the end of August, but we just can’t wait to wish a Happy Birthday.

Little Twin Stars and My Melody celebrating their 40th Birthday.

Little Twin Stars and My Melody celebrating their 40th Birthday.

The cute Sanrio characters surprise shoppers in Hong Kong.

The cute Sanrio characters surprise shoppers in Hong Kong.

The shop offers some exclusive limited edition products.

The shop offers some exclusive limited edition products.

Kawaii pink Little Twin Stars & My Melody backpacks and more.

Kawaii pink Little Twin Stars & My Melody backpacks and more.

The colorful little dream house invites fans to visit until August 31st.

The colorful little dream house invites fans to visit until August 31st.

Cute delivery express. We wonder if we could send our orders like this.

Cute delivery express. We wonder if we could send our orders like this.

The anniversary exhibition also features friends of the little twins, like this cute mouse.

The anniversary exhibition also features Kiki and Lala’s friends.

Little Twin Stars unicorn lunch bag thermal bag from Japan

Little Twin Stars unicorn lunch bag thermal bag from Japan

Little Twin Stars dream house bedroom doll house Re-Ment miniature blind box

Little Twin Stars dream house bedroom doll house Re-Ment miniature blind box

My Melody bunny Vintage 5-pocket A4 file folder

My Melody bunny Vintage 5-pocket A4 file folder

First Hello Kitty Dim Sum Restaurant opens in Hong Kong

You all know there are Hello Kitty inspired cafes, but you will be surprised to hear you can now feast on amazingly cute looking dumplings, steamed buns and Chinese pastries in the world’s first Hello Kitty Dim Sum Restaurant in Hong Kong. We found many pictures on L.A. times online and culture blogs, showing that just like the little white cat, the traditional Southern Chinese dish has become increasingly popular around the world in recent years. In particular in Hong Kong the original dim sum houses are a weekly ritual family meal, usually taken on weekend mornings. For Hello Kitty fans and lovers of Asian cuisine alike, there could hardly be a better way to spend a Sunday morning than a table of delicious steamed buns and tea with friends and family. The only challenge remaining is, the food nearly looks too cute to eat.

Looking lovely. The first Hello Kitty Dim Sum restaurant opened in Hong Kong. picture from L.A. Times online

The first Hello Kitty Dim Sum restaurant opened in Hong Kong. picture from L.A. Times online

Deliciously cute. These Hello Kitty Steam buns. picture from kotaku.com

Deliciously cute. These Hello Kitty Steam buns. picture from kotaku.com

You can choose of a big variety of cute dishes.  picture from L.A. Times online

You can choose of a big variety of cute dishes. picture from L.A. Times online

Flavors of Asia. Hello Kitty blends amazingly well in. picture from ink361.com

Flavors of Asia. Hello Kitty blends amazingly well in. picture from ink361.com

Hello Kitty waffle pink bow squishy charm

Hello Kitty waffle pink bow squishy charm

Hello Kitty brown donut squishy charm for cellphone or bag

Hello Kitty brown donut squishy charm for cellphone or bag

Rilakkuma riches. A golden bear for Hong Kong

Hong Kong cinema may not have won this year’s golden bear of the Berlin International Film Festival and the outlook for the Academy Awards isn’t too promising either. Luckily, a local jeweler has designed the city’s very own award winning decoration. We spotted this Giant Rilakkuma Gold Figurine along with a diamond necklace in Hong Kong’s prestigious district Causeway Bay. Price information was only available upon request, but we think the lazy bear is a priceless treasure anyways. Rilakkuma is always stress free and relaxed and enjoys eating pancakes and pudding. We just can’t help, but think he is the true jewel here.

This Giant Rilakkuma Gold Figurine is more than 40cm tall

This Giant Rilakkuma Gold Figurine is more than 40 centimeters tall

This Rilakkuma necklace is made in18k gold and diamonds

This Rilakkuma necklace is made with 18k gold and diamonds

More pieces of Hong Kong's Luk Fook Jewellery Rilakkuma Limited Edition

More pieces of Hong Kong based Luk Fook Jewellery’s Rilakkuma Limited Edition

Fun Latte Art with cartoon characters in Hong Kong’s Cafe R&C

In Hong Kong’s district Causeway Bay you can visit a restaurant and request your own cartoon character on your coffee. Cafe R&C draws any cartoon character on your coffee that you request and also writes your name next to it. What a fun idea! We found many cool pictures on the U-Travel Blog with latte art with Japanese characters like Minna No TaboPom Pom Purin and Doraemon but we also saw pictures with designs from Monsters University. You can even watch how the character is drawn onto your coffee based on a picture. What character would you choose?

Fun latte art in Hong Kong's cafe R&C, picture from U-Travel Blog

Fun latte art in Hong Kong’s cafe R&C, picture from U-Travel Blog

You can request any cartoon character you want, picture from U-Travel Blog

You can request any cartoon character you want, picture from U-Travel Blog

Minna No Tabo latte, picture from U-Travel Blog

Minna No Tabo latte, picture from U-Travel Blog

Beside the cartoon character your name is also written on the coffee , picture from U-Travel Blog

Beside the cartoon character your name is also written on the coffee, picture from U-Travel Blog

Pom Pom Purin latte with customer name, picture from U-Travel Blog

Pom Pom Purin latte with customer name, picture from U-Travel Blog

Super cool Monsters University and Toy Story lattes, picture from Cafe R&C Facebook page

Super cool Monsters University and Toy Story lattes, picture from Cafe R&C Facebook page

Cafe R&C in Hong Kong's dirstrict Causeway Bay, picture from U-Travel Blog

Cafe R&C in Hong Kong’s district Causeway Bay, picture from U-Travel Blog

Our amazing modes4u Christmas dinner

This year we had an amazing Christmas dinner with the whole modes4u team. We got to have an awesome Christmas dinner buffet at the very nice Cafe of Hyatt Regency Hotel in the district Sha Tin. The whole buffet area was decorated with snowmen, Santas, gingerbread houses, Christmas trees and lots of other Christmas symbols. The food was delicious too, it was a great selection of foods from all over the world, but of course there were some special Christmas treats like turkey and lots of wonderful Christmas desserts. They even had a chocolate fondue and you could dip biscuits and fruit into hot chocolate. So yummy.

We had a great Christmas dinner at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Sha Tin

We had a great Christmas dinner at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Sha Tin

The Christmas decoration was amazing

The Christmas decoration was amazing

Everyone loved the dessert section of the buffet area

Everyone loved the dessert section of the buffet area

There even was a gingerbread house

There even was a gingerbread house

A chocolate fondue - so christmassy

A chocolate fondue – so christmassy

Fun Christmas figurines

Fun Christmas figurines

Lots of Santa Claus decorations

Lots of Santa Claus decorations

The modes4u team at the restaurant - still with empty plates

The modes4u team at the restaurant – still with empty plates

There was a great selection of food with lots of different cuisines

There was a great selection of food with lots of different cuisines

The food was delicious!

The food was delicious!

Hello Kitty Xmas lights in Hong Kong

The area around New Mandarin Plaza in Hong Kong has incredible Christmas lights every year. Also this year there are super cute designs with Santa Claus and kawaii animals, but there is one surprise: Hello Kitty is there too. Some buildings have super cute Hello Kitty lights that look absolutely adorable. What a great Christmas surprise!

This year there are super cute Hello Kitty lights in Hong Kong

This year there are super cute Hello Kitty lights in Hong Kong

Several buildings are decorated with Hello Kitty Xmas designs

Several buildings are decorated with Hello Kitty Xmas designs

Hello Kitty Santa and bears are preparing presents

Hello Kitty Santa and bears are preparing presents

Hello Kitty Santa riding the Christmas sleigh

Hello Kitty Santa riding the Christmas sleigh

Hello Kitty gives a Christmas present to Dear Daniel

Hello Kitty gives a Christmas present to Dear Daniel

Super cute Xmas lights at New Mandarin Plaza with Hong Kong designs

Super cute Xmas lights at New Mandarin Plaza with Hong Kong designs

The Xmas lights are so cute

The Xmas lights are so cute

Cute waving Xmas panda

Cute waving Xmas panda

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