Statue Square is the center of Central as well as the very heart of Hong Kong, and at Christmas it's transformed into a festive piazza. There's an MTR station beneath the square, a bus terminus and ferry pier a short walk away, and the most important business headquarters, clubs, banks and hotels are arranged around its fringes.
Christmas decorations light up Statue Square in Hong Kong — Photo courtesy of Hong Kong Tourism Board
This Christmas, Statue Square takes on a romantic, Italian air. The Hong Kong Tourism Board, in conjunction with Bulgari, has illuminated Central with a vast, jewelry-inspired Serpenti light-art installation. Fifty thousand LED lights, designed to look like embedded precious gems, create the effect of a scaled serpent’s body in a centerpiece that took six months to build and two months to install.
The Serpenti is switched on at dusk, and turned off at 11 pm, although it will remain illuminated until midnight on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.
For a small donation, romantically inclined couples can profess their eternal devotion with a wishing card, which is then hung on an enchanting Christmas tree. You can also enjoy cup of hot chocolate in Hong Kong’s comfortably cool winter – temperatures rarely require more than a warm coat.
Visitors can even purchase a pack of colourful Confessti, the iconic Italian candies, to celebrate this unusual Christmas. All proceeds go to Save the Children Hong Kong.
Hong Kong loves any sort of outdoor celebration, when good-natured crowds can get together: groups of relatives, office colleagues, school chums – everyone likes the chance of a reunion which can be commemorated on social media.
Visitors are made to feel very welcome, and complete strangers wish each other the compliments of the season. Carol singers also take to the streets, adding to the festive atmosphere.
Just a five-minute walk from Statue Square, the Observation Wheel rears up beside the harbor. Here visitors can climb aboard for a 15-minute ride in a luxury gondola, which soars to a height of 60 meters, with unobstructed views of the iconic Victoria Harbour – lined on both sides with skyscrapers decorated with glittering Christmas lights.
Visitors to Hong Kong on New Year’s Eve can revel in the party atmosphere that will take over Statue Square as throngs of cheering merry makers take part in the exciting countdown celebrations to welcome 2016. As the clock ticks down to midnight, heart-pounding pyrotechnics will light up the sky over Hong Kong, exploding in a radiant shower of lights to illuminate the beautiful harbor.