Miniature Hong Kong – An Exhibition


Yesterday I went into downtown Sydney where Westfield is hosting an exhibition of miniature streetscapes of old Hong Kong, in their lobby.  I left the colony in 1967 and those miniatures reminded me of my childhood days.


Mini HK – Streetscape

Those lanterns that we coveted to compete with our friends’ during Mid-Autumn Festival:


Mini HK – Paper Craft Shop

The lanterns were made by stretching paper over a cane frame.  In the same way they craft mansions, limousines with chauffeurs, servants and whatever one may need in the after life for the dead: these are burnt as offerings.

Mini HK - Paper Craft

Mini HK – Paper Craft

You can also buy incense and all the paraphernalia to communicate with and honour the dead.  This includes gold paper that you fold into ‘ingots’ and burn.  It amuses me to see foreigners use these gold paper for decoration:


I remember that R2D2 helmet that was lowered over my head to have my hair ‘permed’:

Mini HK - Hairdressers

Mini HK – Hairdressers

The gold traders who sold 24K gold to Chinese women who traditionally put their savings into gold items – their trusted currency.

Mini HK - Gold Shop

Mini HK – Gold Shop

The shoe shop where you can have your shoes made by hand:

Mini HK - Shoe Shop

Mini HK – Shoe Shop

My trip into the city included a stopover at a chocolatier’s:


and concluded with a bowl of Har Mee, a soup noodle in a prawn bisque:


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10 Responses to Miniature Hong Kong – An Exhibition

  1. gaiainaction says:

    Mary that is so cool! I love these miniature shops and stuff. Thanks for letting us enjoy them too.

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  2. Cynthia says:

    I love miniatures. These look amazing. I could happily spend hours looking at those. Imagine, getting your shoes made by hand. R2D2 helmets…I remember those. That is some chocolatier!
    This post is chock full, Mary. I’ve read it and gone back to the pictures many times. Wonderful, thank you.

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    • Mary Tang says:

      Thanks, Cynthia. I grew up during those days when hand made shoes and clothes were much cheaper than ‘store bought’ ones. The shoemaker and the tailor were people in the neighbourhood. I remember calling the young shoemaker 哥哥 (older brother) and the tailor, ‘Uncle’ (he made my mother’s clothes).

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  3. Sunshine Jansen says:

    The level of love and attention here is beyond amazing. I think the barber shop/hairdresser is my favorite; they didn’t even miss the clippings of hair around the chair!

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  4. Wow, these are amazing, fantastic detail! Great photos. :)

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  5. arlingwoman says:

    These are so charming. I have always loved models and dioramas. It must have felt both odd and pleasant to recognize so much in the miniatures.

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