5 Hong Kong Books for Christmas

16 December, 2016
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5 Hong Kong Books for Christmas

Celebrate our city!


You all know that here at Sassy we love every little bit of the incredible city that we live in, so to pay a little homage this festive season, we’ve rounded up a few Hong Kong books which highlight some of the best bits of the 852. From the food and culture, to the history and traditions (and even the shop cats that we see everyday!), these books truly pay tribute to Honkers and make for a perfect alternative gift this Christmas.

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“HK Food & Culture: From Dim Sum to Dried Abalone” by Adele Wong

A must read for the foodies out there, this beautiful hardcover book pays tribute to traditional Cantonese food and culture. This must-have coffee table book highlights the diversity of the food in the Hong Kong and reveals a little more about the city’s fascinating food culture – you’ll even learn the five origins of dim sum! It includes interviews with locals (from noodle makers and ceramic bowl painters, to dried seafood sellers and fish ball manufacturers), along with classic Cantonese recipes which can be easily replicated at home.

Available online here.

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“Queen's Road West - The Vanishing Neighbourhood”

Queen’s Road West – The Vanishing Neighbourhood” is an incredible photo book documents the history of one of HK’s most iconic streets. William Furniss has photographed this area after realising it’s significance as a representation of traditional Hong Kong, capturing the street before its character is lost to gentrification. As well as the beautiful photography, proceeds from the book will go to The Sovereign Art Foundation, a wonderful Hong Kong based charity that runs the “Make It Better” project, an initiative designed for the children of Hong Kong who live in extreme poverty and isolation.

Available by emailing [email protected].

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“How to Hong Kong: An Illustrated Travel Journal”, by Lena Sin and Nicholas Tay

The perfect gift for long time Hong Kong lovers, newcomers to the city or the armchair traveller, “How to Hong Kong” transports its readers to our fave city through it’s interactive pages. Part sketchbook and part travelogue, the book is packed with richly-illustrated watercolours and photographs, along with stories of Hong Kong and interviews with the locals who make this city so vibrant. With each chapter devoted to a different neighbourhood that the authors’ love, the book as a whole is in essence their love letter to one of Asia’s most beguiling cities.

Available online here.

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“The City Book - Hong Kong”, created by Production Q

This limited edition and luxurious hard cover tells the story of Hong Kong through a collection of artists’ work. Each artist has provided his or her own personal story through quotes, images and texts, with each of them highlighting the locations around the city which have inspired their works. The locations and stories have also then been brought to life and laid out on an illustrated map, to provide travellers and residents a like with a unique and more personal way to view the city.

Available online here.

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“Hong Kong Shop Cats” by Marcel Heijnen

Around your neighbourhood, you may have noticed many of the shops either have, or are often frequented by, a specific cat. Well, when photographer Marcel Heijnen moved to the 852, he was immediately drawn to these photogenic mouse-hunters, with this book being the result! While the cats are undoubtedly the stars of the show in the images, the book also presents a portrait of Hong Kong’s local culture and gives us a unique insight into the traditional shops they inhabit, making for a charming gift for the lover of all things Honkers (and cats!).

Available online here.

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