Monday, 19 July 2010

Hong Kong: virtual party getting started

And an unexpected bonus

People are beginning to drift into the on-line virtual party (more formally, the World Congress's Pre-Congress Social Networking Platform).

And I have discovered a totally unexpected bonus for those of us who are lucky enough (a) to be going to Hong Kong this December and (b) are connoisseurs of the totally and indescribably kitsch: Hong Kong's Winterfest – its annual Christmas splurge and German Christmas Market:

Starting this November 26th, Hong Kong transforms into a fairytale "Santa Town" when WinterFest arrives in Statue Square in the heart of Hong Kong's Central district. WinterFest runs through January 2nd, with the city aglow with lights and festive decorations.
A huge Christmas tree glamorously decorated with hundreds of ornaments and garland, towers over the square. The lights from this tree, over 100 feet tall, are visible from both sides of Victoria Harbor. This is your opportunity to photograph the renowned Hong Kong harbor skyline alive with the decorations of the season. Other photo opportunities abound. The giant LED display at the Santa Post Office will announce your message to the world.
Looking for the perfect place to propose to that special someone? The Santa Church or Mistletoe Corner are the perfect setting. And don't forget, the Santa Lodge is a fun place for gaming and makes the perfect backdrop for your Christmas photo.
Every night a giant music box performing a sound and light show every half-hour, filling the air with the sound of WinterFest while you stroll through Statue Square. Extend your stroll to the pedestrian subway connecting Statue Square and the Star Ferry. It becomes "Jingle Bells Boulevard" with glistening decorations and performers nightly. Or, stroll through the trendy restaurant area of Lan Kwai Fong, and SoHo, and enjoy the festive atmosphere as Christmas and New Year's Eve draw near.
Many shops and restaurants are providing attractive discounts and special offers when you present your "Hong Kong WinterFest Passport to Amazing Offers." Restaurant winners of the "Best of the Best Culinary Awards" are also offering special menus at this time. Visitors lucky enough to attend the award-winning chefs' cooking demonstrations in Towngas Cooking Centre will receive the secret recipes of the signature dishes that have made their restaurants famous.

1 comment:

  1. I am so looking forward to this German Market. Home-from-home? No, I don't think so!

    Lots more wonderful Kitsch at the Hong Kong fest to look at and enjoy than in Germany.

    After such a feast for the eyes I will return in December to the more traditional Nürnberg, said to have the best Christkindlesmarkt in Germany, just in time to do my stint selling stars for Children in Need!

    Thanks for all the links and info.