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A Warm Christmas in Asia- Christmas Festivities in Hong Kong next to Shopping and Sale!
Update: Recommended by CNN Travel
Updated on December 13 2010: Hong Kong is the only Asia City recommended by CNN as the Top 10 places to spend your Christmas!
Enjoy the below travelling tips!
Fancy a warm(er) Christmas in the East? Once a British colonial city, Hong Kong has a long history in celebrating Christmas and developed its own uniqueness in festivities. Being a vivid city without national religions behind it, Hong Kong's Christmas is celebrated by everybody and often seen as a celebration for family, friendship and romance, etc.
Top Festivities in Hong Kong
1. Tour Along Christmas Light Decoration
Christmas light decorations in Hong Kong are not limited to those on Christmas trees. The most magnificent Christmas lights are in fact hanging on the huge walls of the skyscrapers along the 2 sides of the Victoria Harbor in Hong Kong.
Each year these Christmas decorations illuminate the Harbor for several weeks around Christmas. The most crowded night to go for a Christmas illumination tour would definitely be on the Silent Night, 24 December. Best place to see these decorations are:
Tsim Sha Tsui
Tsim Sha Tsui has a long coastal shore along the harbor where you can stroll along and see the beautiful decoration. From there, you can take the star ferry to go to Wanchai or Central. This short ferry trip (around 5 mins) allows you to have a wonderful view of buildings lined up on both sides of the water and cost you less than US$1.
Tsim Sha Tsui Coastal Shore, Hong Kong
Wanchai locates almost literally on the opposite side of the Harbor across Tsim Sha Tsui. Visually it is a very handy spot to see all Christmas light decorations, and what's more, is the huge clusters of bars and pubs, which often offer Christmas themed night bargains.
The Peak has been one of the most popular tourist spots in Hong Kong, and this is not given for no reason. What you can have on the Peak is a panoramic view of a colorfully illuminated Hong Kong. As a matter of fact, it is also a very popular place for marriage proposal.
2. Christmas Carol Choirs
Along the coastal shore in Tsim Sha Tsui and Wanchai, you'll see groups of people singing Christmas Carols to you. These are usually organized by local churches, but sometimes you'll also find non-religious groups spreading Christmas joy to you.
3. Crazy Christmas Sale
Shopping is a big thing for Christmas in Hong Kong. Shops do not close on Christmas days,on the contrary, they even extend their opening hours as people are all out on street or stay inside shopping malls.
You’d find crazy sale everywhere, while many shopping malls would organize their own Christmas Parade indoor and live music shows to attract shoppers.
- DiscoverHongKong - official travel guide from the Hong Kong Tourism Board
Includes information on attractions, events, shopping and dining, vacation packages, maps, videos, webcam and itineraries to experience Hong Kong's unique living culture.
- The Peak's official site
The Peak Hong Kong - The Peak, Hong Kongs most popular attraction is more than just stunning vistas or great shopping and dining. Its an amazing collection of unique must-visit attractions, providing you with a diverse fun-filled experience of Hong
- Star Ferry Fare and Timetable
From here you can find detailed information about the Ferry Services going to and from Tsim Sha Tsui.
Travel Guides for Hong Kong
Christmas Weather in Hong Kong
Winters in Hong Kong is generally much milder than in Europe and some part of USA. In December, average temperature is around 16°C/ 60.8°F. Winter is not a rainy season in Hong Kong but occasionally you'd find light rains there. Day and night time temperature does not have a big difference. Heating system is not popular so very often you would find air-conditioning in hotel with only cooling side.
Over the years, Hong Kong has developed its own ways in celebrating Christmas. If you fancy a warm(er) Christmas vacation, get to Hong Kong and join the local festivities.