Learn some fun facts about the Mid-Autumn Festival!

Hong Kong will be celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival on September 24th this year! If you’re curious to know more about this festival, then check out a summary right here!

The Mid-Autumn Festival is a harvest festival and is typically observed in either September or October each year. It is also sometimes referred to as the Moon Festival. To celebrate, people will often get together with family and ring in the festival together. A popular treat during this time is the Moon Cake, which is often made with an egg yolk inside, and a sweet filling such as lotus paste, red bean paste etc. Moon Cakes have become so popular, they can now be found across the globe too!

During this time of year, people also enjoy playing with lanterns. Lanterns now come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, featuring colorful and kawaii characters, flowers, shapes etc. It’s a real treat seeing all those beautiful lanterns lit up at night! Hong Kong also has lion and dragon dances throughout the city, to celebrate. As the day after the Mid-Autumn Festival is usually a public holiday in places where it is officially observed, many people also enjoy travelling during this time.

In this post you’ll see a fantastic infographic put together by China Highlights, summarising interesting aspects of this festival. There are also some really great photos for you to check out! Will you be celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival this year?

This is a great infographic on the Mid-Autumn Festival! Image courtesy of China Highlights

This is a great infographic on the Mid-Autumn Festival! Image courtesy of China Highlights

A beautiful graphic! Image courtesy of China Highlights

A beautiful graphic! Image courtesy of China Highlights

These lanterns are so elaborate! Image courtesy of China Highlights

These lanterns are so elaborate! Image courtesy of China Highlights

Stunning! Image courtesy of China Highlights

Stunning! Image courtesy of China Highlights

A red lantern spotted by our colleague!

A red lantern spotted by our colleague!

A super pretty gold lantern!

A super pretty gold lantern!

A super kawaii lantern!

A super kawaii lantern!

More lantern displays. Photo by Instagram user @tayyongchuen , shared on Instagram page @discoverhongkong

More lantern displays. Photo by Instagram user @tayyongchuen , shared on Instagram page @discoverhongkong

More elaborate lantern displays! Photo courtesy of discoverhongkong.com

More elaborate lantern displays! Photo courtesy of discoverhongkong.com

Moon Cake time! Photo courtesy of discoverhongkong.com

Moon Cake time! Photo courtesy of discoverhongkong.com

Are you ready for the WORLD CUP?

It only comes once every 4 years and when it does, football mania reaches fever pitch! Taking place in Russia, this year’s Fifa World Cup will see teams from all over the world, including fan favorites such as Germany, Brazil, France and others, vying for a chance to win the ultimate prize in football (or soccer, whichever term you prefer!). Have you been gearing up on footie items? We certainly have, such as with awesome football fabric!

Excited fans here in Hong Kong are also preparing for this incredible competition, and the city has been setting up some really cool displays in honor of it. Check out some images of a fun display featuring statues of players such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe, Paul Pogba, and more!

Which team will you be rooting for this year? Let us know!!

It's World Cup time!!

It’s World Cup time!!

This year's World Cup takes place in Russia

This year’s World Cup takes place in Russia

What a cool display!

What a cool display!

Wow!

Wow!

That is one big trophy!

That is one big trophy!

Footballers from all over the world are ready!

Footballers from all over the world are ready!

Kylian Mbappe

Kylian Mbappe

Harry Kane

Harry Kane

Dele Alli

Dele Alli

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo

Kevin De Bruyne

Kevin De Bruyne

Nani

Nani

Antoine Griezmann

Antoine Griezmann

Romelu Lukaku

Romelu Lukaku

Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba

Sergio Agüero

Sergio Agüero

Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi

Sanrio Characters Lock and Go Container Promotion at 7-Eleven

7-Eleven in Hong Kong has a really fun promotion running right now, until June 19, 2018! Customers are encouraged to collect super cute stamps by purchasing items from their stores. Collecting 22 stamps will then allow customers to redeem a Lock and Go container for free. There are 6 container designs in total, featuring your favorite Sanrio characters such as Hello Kitty, My Melody, Pompompurin etc. However, when you go to collect your Lock and Go container, they’re all packed up in boxes of the same design so you don’t know which one you’re getting!

So who did we get? Well, as you can see from the pictures, we got Pompompurin! Have you got one of these containers? If so, let us know!

These are the adorable stamps to collect

These are the adorable stamps to collect

This is the little sheet where stamps are placed

This is the little sheet where stamps are placed

We got 22 stamps, enough to redeem a container!

We got 22 stamps, enough to redeem a container!

The unopened box

The unopened box

Side view showing details of the container

Side view showing details of the container

The 6 designs of the containers. Which one did we get?

The 6 designs of the containers. Which one did we get?

It's Pompompurin!

It’s Pompompurin!

What a kawaii container!

What a kawaii container!

What do you think of it?

What do you think of it?

Screenshot of 7-Eleven's site, featuring the containers

Screenshot of 7-Eleven’s site, featuring the containers

My Melody is in town!

There’s a super cute My Melody structure placed just outside iSquare Mall in Hong Kong, and it has proven to be a big hit with both locals and tourists! People can’t seem to get enough of taking photos around this adorable display featuring one of Sanrio‘s most beloved characters. Around it you’ll see ‘windows’ with little characters, bunny shaped mushrooms and a very big My Melody head on top! Are you a My Melody fan? Let us know!

My Melody is in town!

My Melody is in town!

Wow!

Wow!

Lots of people were taking photos with her!

Lots of people were taking photos with her!

Is she expecting any mail?

Is she expecting any mail?

Who's looking out the window?

Who’s looking out the window?

Someone seems a bit shy!

Someone seems a bit shy!

Hello there, Flat!

Hello there, Flat!

Hi Kangaroo!

Hi Kangaroo!

What a lovely egg design featuring Risu!

What a lovely egg design featuring Risu!

A bunny mushroom?

A bunny mushroom?

Risu wants to look at the bunny mushroom too

Risu wants to look at the bunny mushroom too

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

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