(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE SHANGHAI CHINA NEWS AGENCY ‘SHINE’)
Jing’an lights up the holiday
Merry and bright wintertime attractions and bustling pop-up markets are creating a lively, festival atmosphere in downtown Jing’an District.
A 25-meter Christmas tree in the square at the HKRI Taikoo Hui retail mall has become a popular place for young people to take holiday photographs.
The tree creates a romantic ambiance with twinkling fairy lights.
The mall’s second and third floors have been decorated like a fairy-tale place where little animals, including a cute blue mouse as next year is the Year of the Mouse in the Chinese lunar calendar, help Santa Claus prepare and distribute gifts. Visitors can make a wish and throw a “wishing ball” from the third floor to drop down to a “wishing box” on the second floor.
Wang Yan, deputy director of Jing’an Commerce Commission, said the event creates a fairytale world full of love on the Nanjing Road W.
A German-style Christmas fair is being held in The New Factories in the Jiangning Road sub-district, radiating warmth despite the chilly weather.
The Christkindlmarkt, which will run through December 15, featured stalls decorated as log cabins. A variety of traditional German delicacies, including baked apples, ginger cookies and grilled sausages, are on offer. The fair also has exquisite handicrafts, such as wooden Christmas trees and other holiday decorations, for sale. Santa Claus will grace visitors with his presence at weekends.
The New Factories, a creative industry park transformed from old factory workshops, is a popular destination. Nearly a third of its occupants are foreign companies.