Monday, December 12, 2011

A Hong Kong Christmas


Taken at the Mandarin Oriental HK

Last week I was in Hong Kong for 3.5 days and this was a very unusual treat because ordinarily I'm in and out of this city pretty quickly. I've flown in for a day several times and usually it's just an overnight trip, arriving sometime in the morning to make it for a lunch and dinner, and then after breakfast I'm out again. And I usually never leave Central District because most of my appointments are here, taking the car from the airport straight to the hotel and then taking it out again, and walking all over Central in between.

Taken in front of the HSBC building in Central

Taken in front of Mandarin Grill.
Isn't this a pretty and unusual tree?

But last week, I blocked off 3.5 days to have some midweek fun in Hong Kong. And the weather was right, I found a couple of congenial companions, and I realized I really needed a change of scenery. Of course, with a never-ending and never-endingly eventful Travelife, I have a change of scenery almost every week; but this was one time I wanted to do a real food trip without having to venture too far from home.

At IFC Mall in Central

Giant Tiffany blue boxes in the middle of Central District

The Tiffany ferris wheel in Central

Tiffany boxes in Central

Christmas booth of the Make-a-Wish Foundation in Central

In that sense Hong Kong is perfect as a winter destination from Manila because it's a world away from us in terms of economy and systems, it's got the nice coldness to bring excitement to Christmas, and it's got no shortage of good food and good shopping. And some nice hotels to veg in in between. And with the 90 minute flight, it was just a no-brainer.

The Tiffany tree in front of HSBC


Tiffany & Co's classy Christmas billboards

Tiffany & Co's classy Christmas billboards

I've written much about the delicious food I had in Hong Kong already. But I thought I'd share with you some photos I've taken -- and very proudly taken, actually, with my new Sony SLR camera that I actually lugged everywhere I went -- of what Christmas is like in Hong Kong. It's truly magical and such a visual treat.

Go and experience Hong Kong's winter wonderland while you can! The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) has really done an excellent job of making Hong Kong a great multi-sensory winter destination.

The train display in Alexandra House


Taken in Stanley Plaza


Mandarin Oriental HK staircase


Christmas decor in Prince's Building

Christmas decor at Landmark in Central


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