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Monday, December 31, 2012

Farewell 2012

What a year! Plenty of great things happened on Simple Dreamer in 2012. It's time to wrap up this prosperous year.

This year, we've reported from 9 cities in almost 70 posts. The number of visitors grew once again and has reached new heights in December 2012. Thank YOU for your support!

We will continue to share wonderful happenings from China, Hong Kong, New Zealand, USA, and around the world. See you again next year! 

Friday, December 28, 2012

Shanghai Xujiahui Shopping Area

Shanghai Xujiahui shopping district, a famous name that I have always knew, has always been a mystery to me. I was always under the impression that it is an area offering unique shopping experience.

Shanghai Xujiahui Shopping District

An opportunity finally came in my recent Shanghai visit. I went to explore Xujiahui. Based on my experience, Xujiahui shopping district is only an area offering internationalism.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Shanghai Pudong Lujiazui Skyline (Videos)

It's Boxing Day! We have a present for YOU!

On 2010 Boxing day, we brought you Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour. This 2012, we are bringing you Shanghai's Huangpu River: the skyline of Lujiazui District of Pudong from The Bund.

Shanghai Lujiazui from The Bund

Shanghai waitan "The Bund" is a fascinating place that one will never get tired of. On my previous visit, views of Lujiazui were partially blocked by clouds and mists in the air. In a recent visit, I finally get to capture great pictures of Lujiazui, one of Shanghai's fastest booming commercial area.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Swarovski Christmas Tree at Shanghai

It's 24 December 2012, Silent Night! We have a present for you. A modern Crystal Christmas Tree from Shanghai!

Swarovski Christmas Tree at Shanghai
Hong Kong property developers have successfully brought commercial Christmas to Shanghai. If you happened to be in a major shopping districts such as Xujiahui, simply walk into one of the shopping malls and seek giant Christmas decorations. If you can find something stunning or at least huge, you are most likely visiting a shopping mall operated by one of Hong Kong's property developers.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Christmas Trees and Lights at Shanghai

Twenty years ago, who would have thought that Shanghai would be full of modern shopping malls? Who would have thought that Shanghai would put up Christmas trees, lights and decorations to celebrate Christmas? Thanks to the open policy, Western culture has influenced China's major trade port, Shanghai, once again. 

Christmas Decorations at Shanghai, China

Apart from the fact that there are a growing number of Westerners in Shanghai, property developers from Hong Kong helped to bring the modern Christmas culture from Hong Kong to China.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Art Displays at IFC mall

In addition to a pair of huge deer and their winter wonderland, the IFC mall at Central of Hong Kong has also installed a few pieces of temporary art display.

Sinking Chair at IFC mall, Hong Kong

These displays looked great and has certainly lightened up the shopping mall. However, I failed to find any descriptions or a theme of these scattered masterpieces.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

LOVE is All Around at Hong Kong Harbour City

Event: LOVE is All Around at Harbour City
Dates: Nov to Dec 2012
Location: Harbour City 海港城
Address: 3-27 Canton Road, Ocean Terminal Forecourt, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon

Have you ever wonder, how would the wonderland of "Alice in Wonderland look" like in real life? This Christmas, indulge yourself in this real life wonderland at Hong Kong's one and only Harbour City! Simply visit Harbour City's LOVE is All Around Christmas decorations.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

LEGO Villages at Time Square Hong Kong

There are reasons why the playing blocks LEGO have been so successful in the past decade. One of which is its creativity in promoting itself.

Giant LEGOs at Hong Kong Time Square

In this day and age when LEGO is no longer competiting with other toys, LEGO constantly need to seek new ways to maintain its popularity. Their current competitor, mini games on smart phones are far more popular for kids. 

Monday, December 17, 2012

Huge Teddy Bear at 1881 Heritage

Shopping malls and shopping complexes in Hong Kong LOVES huge displays. This year, we have already seen a giant Garfield, a giant Tiffany Christmas Tree, a pair of huge deer and a huge Ferrero Rocher Christmas Tree. But wait, there's more!

Huge Teddy Bear at 181 Heritage, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

A shopping mall, transformed from a historical monument, 1881 Heritage has put up a huge, a large, a giant, a big big big, Teddy Bear in 2012! This 1881 Heritage was the same place that brought us a giant merry-go-around in 2010!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Mona Lisa Toast Mosaic Upgraded

We have previously report a piece of art on permanent display at the K11 shopping mall in Tsim Sha Tsui of Hong Kong. It is Mona Lisa Mosaic made with Toast!

Mona Lisa Toast Mosaic at K11 Shopping Mall

In the original work, or should I say: in my previous visit, Mona Lisa was holding a cup of ice cream. This has changed to something modern and trendy. Have a guess what Mona Lisa is holding before you click "read more"...

Saturday, December 15, 2012

LOVEME Piggy at K11

An inflatable art named LOVE ME! is currently on display at the most artist shopping mall in town, the one and only K11 of Hong Kong.

Love Me Pig at K11

K11 is the name of the shopping mall, and LOVE ME! is the name of the inflatable pig. This art piece is unique as it constantly inflate and deflate to symbolise the cycle of life.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Yeoypawka at Windsor House

At the Windsor House shopping mall at Causeway Bay of Hong Kong, a monkey with big ears is waiting for you. It's name is Yeoypawka!

Yeoypawka at Windsor House, Causeway Bay

Yeoypawka is part of Windsor House's 2012 Christmas celebrations. Themed around a small Russian town, Yeoypawka and his friends offer plenty of photo opportunities.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

To-Fu Club at The One

One of the best designed and operated shopping malls in the Tsim Sha Tsui area is definitely The One. Yes, The One is its name. In this day and age when malls are competing to put up the best Christmas decorations to attract Christmas shoppers, The One has decided to join forces with To-Fu Club.

The One To-Fu Club

What on earth is To-Fu Club, you may ask. What has a character based on Tofu do with Christmas? First of all, for those who don't know what is Tofu, it is a Chinese food made with coagulating soy juice. Tofu itself usually offer little taste. It's texture is soft and yet solid enough to offer an unusual party in ones mouth.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Christmas Trees and Lights in Hong Kong and Shanghai 2012

Today is the twelve day in the twelve month of the twelve year of this century. Plenty of couples choose this memorable date 12.12.12 to get married.

We would like to celebrate 12.12.12 by formally presenting this year's SimpleDreamer Christmas Special!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Huge Deer at Hong Kong IFC mall

It's simply impressive to see a true winter wonderland inside a shopping mall. IFC mall, short for International Finance Centre, at Central of Hong Kong did just that.

Deers at Hong Kong IFC shopping mall

The center piece of the winter wonderland is a pair of huge deer. I am not an expert in fake plastic deers, but this pair is certainly an unique breed.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Tiffany Christmas Wonderland Hong Kong

We have shown you pictures of the giant Tiffany Christmas Tree from Hong Kong WinterFest 2012 in a recent post. We thought you haven't seen enough of the Tiffany Christmas Wonderland in Statue Square of Central from those evening photos. We have revisited the Christmas Wonderland during day time!

Giant Tiffany Christmas Tree at Hong Kong WinterFest

It is without a doubt that the Tiffany Christmas Wonderland looks much better at night with lights on. However, it is much easier to see the efforts event organizers put into decorating Statue Square under daylight.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Korean Band Big Bang at Causeway Bay

Hong Kong is a city full of advertisements. This is particularly true in key shopping areas such as Causeway Bay on the Hong Kong Island. The Korean electronic giant Samsung sponsored the Hong Kong Concert of Korean boy band BigBang.

Big Bang Alive Galaxy Tour 2012 @ Hong Kong

Although Korean boy band has its niche in Hong Kong, they are really not that popular amongst most locals. Hence promotion is necessary. A set of promotional materials are currently on displayed at prime location in the Causeway Bay shopping area. 

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Ferrero Rocher Christmas Tree at iSQUARE

It's Christmas! Shopping malls, or self claimed Shopping Complexes, cooperate with known consumer brands and setup Christmas displays to attract shoppers. Every year, iSQUARE shopping mall at Tsim Sha Tsui offers something special.

Ferrero Rocher "Golden Sand" Christmas Tree at iSQUARE Tsim Sha Tsui

This 2012 Christmas, iSQUARE has erected a giant Ferrero Rocher Christmas Tree at its door. Since its humble beginnings, iSQARE has always been a huge supporter of erecting giant displays to seek attention. 

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Canstruction Christmas Tree at Olympian City

Perhaps for some bizarre reason, the shopping mall Olympian City in Hong Kong has decided to mix a Canstruction event with its Christmas decor this year. While it is pleasing to see big and small structures made of cans in the shopping mall, most exhibits don't quite match with the Christmas theme.

Christmas Celebrations at Olympian City Shopping Mall 2012

A green tea company saved the day! Big and small Christmas trees made of cans of green tea tied Canstruction together with Christmas. All the shopping mall needed was a backdrop that somehow promote the Christmas theme.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Canstruction Hong Kong 2012

Canstruction, a food charity event, is currently happening at the Olympian City in Tai Kok Tsui district of Hong Kong. Teams piled up cans to create artistic structures in this local shopping mall to attract awareness and "giving hope" to ones who needed. 

A huge pig made of canned food!

According to the organizers of "Olympian City x Food Angel – Christmas canstruction® Hong Kong", the canned food on displayed will be donated to local food banks. While it is a nice gesture to do so, it is highly suspicious that the choice of cans used were limited to only the brands of the event sponsors.