One of the most famous paper offering shops in Hong Kong, Bo Wah has been around since 1963 and has been a favourite of local celebrities. Most notably, Beyond’s bassist Wong Ka-keung commissioned the store to make a papier-mache Gibson guitar.
In recent years, the original owner’s son – who now runs the shop with his dad – has attempted to modernise the shop’s creations and has become famous for making Darth Vader and Stormtrooper masks.
Familial piety and ancestor worship are intrinsic parts of traditional Hong Kong culture. No more so is this the case than throughout the seventh month of the lunar calendar, when ghosts are said to be cutting about in search of good eats and cool stuff to take back to their afterlife digs. The 15th day of the seventh lunar month – the hungry ghost festival, which falls on August 15 this year – is of particular importance, and is when you should start burning the really good stuff. Here are some of the best places to buy your ghostly goodies. By Sarah Moran and Graham Turner
RECOMMENDED: The buying and burning of paper effigies is a tradition that is unfortunately on the decline, and it’s not the only disappearing cultural experience here in Hong Kong.