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Hong Kong in Miniature Pop-up Exhibition

Thursday nights are always a good excuse to bring on the weekend early.  I was doing a spot of shopping in Sydney Westfield’s Pitt St Mall and met up with Mr. A at the entrance to Zara after he finished work, for dinner.

To my surprise, he showed me the Hong Kong in Miniature Exhibition at the entrance to Westfield – and it was a real treat!

The exhibition featured mini 3D models (the size of 30cm square cubes) of real life Hong Kong buildings.  Having lived in Hong Kong for 7 years, I was quite familiar with the buildings and it was the amazing detail and accuracy of the models that wowed me.

The models featured historic and current structures and hit the nail on the head when it came to showcasing the culture of Hong Kong.  From the streetside newsagents with the myriad of magazines on display, to a stall frying fish balls, a 1960’s barber shop complete with a TV and an old-school daily flip-style calendar with flimsy pages, and a Hong Kong tea cafe (cha chang tieng), everything was incredibly accurate.

There’s also a second display inside Westfield (near Gap) with even more models.

We were hungry after looking at the models and headed up to Chat Thai on level 6 (above the food court) for spicy fried rice and Gai padt met mamuang (chicken, cashew nuts and chilli jam stir fry).  Highly recommend the fried rice – it smelt amazing and tasted incredible!  (In fact, the table to our left had ordered it and we had to get it after smelling the wafting aromas!  The table to our right came in after us and must have smelt our dish as they also decided to order it.)  Chat Thai is always a treat.

The Hong Kong in Miniature Exhibition ends Sunday 20 September so make sure to check it out!  Westfield link here.

Check out the photos from our excursion below.

 

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The exhibition at the entrace to Westfield. The models are tiny!

1960s barber shop

 

Inside the barber shop. The dirt in the sink...such detail!

 

Street newsagency stall
Street newsagency stall

 

Traditional jewellery store. They love their red and gold!
Traditional jewellery store. They love their red and gold!

 

Market stall with sausages and fish balls frying
Market stall with sausages and fish balls frying

 

Close up of the market stall. Look at them Magnums!
Close up of the market stall. Look at them Magnums!

 

Shoe store
Shoe store

 

China store
China store

 

Inside the china store
Inside the china store

 

Flower and fish markets
Flower and fish markets

 

Siu larp po
Siu larp po

 

Hong Kong cha charn tieng
Hong Kong cha charn tieng

 

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Lots of cooking stations
Lots of cooking stations

 

Egg waffle Gay darn tzai station - complete with condensed milk, batter, and even the brown paper bags!
Close up of the egg waffle (gay darn tzai) station – complete with condensed milk, batter, and even the brown paper bags!

 

Chinese medicine
Chinese medicine

 

1960s Hong Kong
1960s Hong Kong
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2 thoughts on “Hong Kong in Miniature Pop-up Exhibition

  1. That is soooo cool! I didn’t know about this at all. They didn’t really promote this very well… All the models looked so detailed. Really amazing 😀 Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you! 🙂 Definitely need to promote this better. I wouldn’t have known it was on if I wasn’t in the area. I went again on Sunday and saw a lady demonstrating how she made the flowers in the flower market display.

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