There’s a whole host of great things to do this January, but there’s no bigger occasion than Chinese New Year. As Spring Festival approaches, incredible CNY-themed decorations and displays have started popping up all around Hong Kong, especially in shopping malls. Whether you’re into Micky Mouse or Lego, or maybe just over-the-top flower displays, here are the top places to get the best selfies this Chinese New Year.
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Hong Kong’s best Chinese New Year displays
Langham Place is an expert when it comes to festive displays and this year is no different. Introducing Lego’s “Ready, Set, Build!”, this CNY display features all 12 of the Chinese zodiac characters, a giant koi fish and plenty of fun interactive games. Don’t forget to browse around the pop-up Lego store while you’re there.
Because how can you celebrate the Year of the Rat without everyone’s favourite mouse, Micky Mouse? In celebration of CNY, Micky and Minnie Mouse are taking over seven shopping destinations including Causeway Bay’s Fashion Walk and Gala Place in Mong Kok. You can grab selfies with the iconic characters, get your hands on some exclusive Disney merchandise at the pop-up store and even watch a hip-hop-inspired lion dance performance by the award-winning Keung’s Dragon & Lion Dance team and Ban's Gig Drums at Fashion Walk on January 24.
Pacific Place is keeping things classic and traditional this year. The main focus of its festive installation are lanterns, a traditional accessory that symbolises joyous blessings and the illumination of a bright future. Lantern displays and vibrantly coloured decorations are scattered all around the shopping mall, with 12 meticulously crafted, traditional yet contemporary lanterns created by leading local home décor brand, LALA CURIO, hanging over Garden court. While you’re there, step inside the towering lantern installation with 88 beautiful hanging lanterns that will give you the perfect backdrop for endless photo opts. If you feel like kickin’ it old school, Pacific Place is the place to be.
Doubling up as both a Chinese New Year display and a mega instagrammable exhibition, New Town Plaza is transporting Hongkongers to all parts of Japan this year to experience the country’s wonderful festive joys. Plenty of selfie spots await at the Sha Tin mall including a spring onsen to wash away your bad luck and welcome in new fortune, eye-catching neon displays, a Shinto shrine to wish for fortunes and blessing and lots of adorable Japanese lucky cats to go around. You can pray for good fortune and get your IG snaps all in one go.
Surprise, surprise. Yet another mall has brought a popular Japanese cartoon character(s) to life. This time, it’s the adorable Sumikkogurashi! Head over to The One to grab a photo with these cute, pastel-coloured blobs – they’re all over the place – and have fun at other life-sized installations like the corner tasty kitchen and dressing table. Cuteness overload. Don’t miss out on the chance to take home a few mini Sumikkogurashi plush toys at the washing claw machine too.
Coca-cola is usually a crowd-pleaser, so it’s no surprise that people are excited about the larger than life display that has taken over Cityplaza this Chinese New Year. Five specially designed festive scenes and interactive games have been set up on the second-floor atrium. Take a cheeky snap inside the topsy-turvy Coca-Cola living room and have a go on the interactive emoji game. Alternatively, purchase any 500ml bottle of Coca-Cola inside the mall and make your very own personalised bottle to take home!
Showering us in lanterns and flowers this year, Mira Place has installed a six-meter tall peach blossom wishing tree, along with three Instagrammable checkpoints in The Garden of Spring Blessings. Stroll by the colourful blessing lanterns, take a snap in front of the interactive selfie mirror and surround yourself with a hundred bouquets of flowers in different colours at the floral peafowls. It’s basically like a whimsical fantasy garden crossed over with an art exhibition.
Ask anyone in Hong Kong and they’ll tell you the most famous cat they know is Hello Kitty. Since it’s the Year of the Rat, and we all love a good cat and mouse chase, what better reason is there to have Hello Kitty and all her friends to come out and play? Apart from fun Sanrio characters dotted all around the Lee Gardens area, you can also shop at the festive spring market set up in Hysan Place. Selling everything from cookies, baked goods and sweet treats to festive essentials like red packets and candy boxes, you can get all your CNY shopping done in one go.