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How Hong Kong is Spreading Joy This Christmas Season

Christmas is just around the corner, and Hong Kong is one of the best cities at celebrating this special season, according to the Hong Kong Tourism Board. Events and activities are resuming in this vibrant city with preparations in full swing. There is a myriad of unique shopping, dining, and entertainment experiences to be discovered in the festive season from near and far.

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The six-story Christmas tree will be relocated in 2021 from Hong Kong's Central District to the new cultural and arts hub, West Kowloon, for the first time. (Photo: Business Wire)

The six-story Christmas tree will be relocated in 2021 from Hong Kong's Central District to the new cultural and arts hub, West Kowloon, for the first time. (Photo: Business Wire)

Christmas Town in the West Kowloon Neighborhood: The site of the newly opened M+ in West Kowloon is Hong Kong’s newest cultural hotspot. It is the centrepiece of the WinterFest celebrations with dazzling views of Hong Kong’s iconic skyline and a Harbourfront Park transformed into a storybook Christmas Town. This year, the six-story tree has been relocated from Central to West Kowloon for the first time, putting the cultural district in the spotlight.

Shopping Spectacular: Hong Kong has an enviable reputation as a shopper’s paradise, and with a burgeoning scene for independent artisans, it’s easier than ever to find stylish, creative, and unique gifts, which you can also find online, to remind you of a trip, past or future.

Decorate Your Tree, Hong Kong Style: A gift company inspired by Hong Kong, The Lion Rock Press began as part of a 120-year-old family business specializing in paper and printing. It offers beautiful heirloom Christmas ornaments inspired by local culture.

Hearty Delicacies: Hong Kong winter cuisine offers signature dishes like Claypot Rice, Roasted Goose and Hotpot. On your trip you will want to try these at traditional and modern locales:

Kwan Kee: You can’t miss Kwan Kee, an iconic Hong Kong restaurant famed for its claypot rice, thanks to the line of hungry foodies snaking down the street on chilly evenings. This bustling, brightly lit diner serves up steaming bowls of claypot rice cooked on a real charcoal fire, with toppings such as spareribs and black beans, Chinese sausage and egg, or white eel.

Chop Chop: Roasted meat specialty restaurant Chop Chop currently offers eight varieties of claypot rice, including minced beef with egg, chicken with Chinese yam and shiitake mushroom, and minced pork with salted fish and water chestnuts.

Yung Kee: A classic Christmas dish, roasted goose is a delicacy to enjoy with loved ones. Yung Kee is one of Hong Kong’s most iconic restaurants, with a history dating back to 1938. After undergoing a significant renovation this year, the interior was transformed, but their signature roasted goose – an item on many foodies’ bucket list – is comfortingly familiar.

The Drunken Pot: A hotpot restaurant with the feel of a nightclub, The Drunken Pot caters to a younger crowd of hotpot enthusiasts. Known for its dramatic presentation, funky interior, and the option of up to five soup bases in one subdivided pot, this fresh, modern hotpot restaurant has reinvented this quintessential Cantonese pastime.

Yi Hung Yuen: Located in the heart of Lan Kwai Fong, Yi Hung Yuen is an Instagrammer’s dream with its moody bordello vibe punctuated by dramatic neon signs, inspired by the classic Chinese novel Dream of the Red Chamber.

Ring in 2022 by Victoria Harbour: After a one-year hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Hong Kong’s New Year Countdown is back with a bang, with a spectacular concert taking place on West Kowloon’s Great Lawn. The event features performances from some of Hong Kong’s hottest local acts, as well as a classical performance by the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. The countdown clock will be displayed on the gigantic façade of the newly opened M+ so that the public can welcome 2022 in unison. Overseas? No problem. From around the world enjoy the dazzling live concert and exciting countdown moment via live-streaming at


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