Monday, December 24, 2012

Hong Kong Comic Characters

People are familiar with Superman, Batman, Spiderman, etc. What about the Hong Kong comic characters? No idea? My photo gallery may be of help then.

Hong Kong is an international city where people can discover the trace of many different cultures, including the local one. I enclose 24 photos taken by me at Hong Kong Avenue of Comic Stars. They will give you an idea on what the local comic characters look like.

Number 1
Number 2
Number 3
Number 4
Number 5
Number 6
Number 7
Number 8
Number 9
Number 10
Number 11
Number 12
Number 13
Number 14
Number 15
Number 16
Number 17
Number 18
Number 19
Number 20
Number 21
Number 22
Number 23
Number 24

Their comics are sold in newspaper stand or bookshop. Some comics got a copy at the public library and so, they are able to reach more readers at all ages. Some comics are translated into other languages and reach readers beyond Hong Kong. Other comics become more popular due to the movie adaptation.

Some comic characters are so well-received that they play a role in the government promotional videos to convey important messages, for example, the proper way to use the lift and wash your hands.

When you visit Hong Kong, come to see the big figure dolls and take photos with them. They are displaying in the Kowloon Park, Tsim Sha Tsui. The exhibition is not permanent as it lasts for three years only.

For those who want souvenirs that are highly representing Hong Kong, they could buy merchandise carrying the image of the Hong Kong comic characters. Merchandise of number 18 and number 24 are the most popular ones, covering many aspects of living. Their merchandise could be easily found in the department stores, or even in convenient stores like 7-11.

Author’s note:

Hong Kong has a big market for comics and anime. The keen interest in the works from Japan is a proof. Many people are willing to spend money buying comic books, anime videos, music CDs, trading cards, and other merchandise. If you are not familiar with Japanese anime, welcome to read the two articles below for some ideas.

Ten Sexy Female Anime Characters

First Five Recommended Japanese Anime Songs

Monday, October 8, 2012

Mid-Autumn Festival Lantern Exhibitions 2012

Hong Kong has several Lantern Exhibitions for every Mid-Autumn Festival. Let me show you two, one in Tsim Sha Tsui and another one in Victoria Park.

There are 38 photos in this article, all taken by me. Enjoy.

Place: Tsim Sha Tsui, outside the Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Theme: Terracotta Warriors of the Qin Dynasty
Exhibition Date: the 13th of September to the 21st of October, 2012.
Time: 6:30pm to 11:00pm

Place: Victoria Park

1st spot: Enjoy the three minutes performance of light and music in this durian-like construction.

2nd spot: Come to know the lovely Chinese characters, including the Moon Lady. This part is the most colorful one.

3rd spot: Visitors gathered at the front of the stage for the pamphlet show.

4th spot: Take photos and leave a few words here.

5th spot: Dragon lantern.

6th spot: There are booths selling things and some merchandise is culture-related.

This year the exhibition scale is smaller in many locations. Since the exhibitions are not too crowded, it is easier to take photos. If you visit the Victoria Park, don't miss two interesting places in Causeway Bay for the coming Halloween.


Visitors will see four charming Disney characters: Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Pluto in Halloween costume.

Times Square

Tim Burton's fan or not, come to Times Square and look at Frankenweenie. You may want to take photos with some of the residents in this graveyard. Enjoy the behind scene photos and the film clip as well.

Author’s note:

Mid-Autumn Festival is a big event in Hong Kong. Besides big lanterns display and moon cake, what else do you know about this festival? Let me share with you the myth and my best memory.

Annual Dig of a Myth

Mid-autumn Festival: Best Memory and Regret