As a former British colony with a large Christian population, it is unsurprising that Christmas is an important holiday for many people in Hong Kong. Whilst Chinese New Year is undoubtedly the biggest holiday season for locals, most people, with the possible exception of non-Christians, still trade gifts on the 25th December.
Hong Kong is, after all, the consumerist capital of Asia and shopping is undoubtedly the number one past-time for many locals. As one of the richest cities in Asia, Hong Konger’s love to spend money on the latest designer goods, electronic gadgets and fashion trends. You only have to walk past the Apple Store in Central, with it’s hundred-person long queues to get an idea of how much Hong Kongers love consumer products.
There are hundreds of malls in Hong Kong and they are bursting at the minute with people buying gifts for the festive season. Whilst most of the malls have Christmas decorations, so too do main roads and other buldings. Even the MTR train stations have Christmas music playing in them!
Here are some photos I’ve taken recently of Christmas decorations in Hong Kong (Click for bigger images).