Get into the spirit

PUBLISHED : Friday, 03 December, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 03 December, 2010, 12:00am

Christmas in Hong Kong is always special to me. Despite being in a predominantly Asian city, Hongkongers get into Christmas with as much gusto and spirit that I see anywhere else in the world. Our Christmas lights are renowned the world over and one of the highlights of Hong Kong life is to see our buildings light up, one by one, with holiday cheer.

For many families with children studying overseas, it's a great chance for them to be together during the few holiday seasons we truly share with the West. For others, it's a lovely, relaxing time to share with friends or to indulge yourself, whether it is taking a trip or pampering yourself with a spa session.

In that grand old tradition of love, sharing and indulgence, we have put together our annual Christmas magazine for you in anticipation of this holiday season, and hopefully help you solve the perennial problem of what Christmas gifts to get or just what to do over the holidays.

We have trends features to keep you in the loop and our expert shoppers will take you around town to show you the latest and best presents to consider for your loved ones and friends. Our fashion guru Divia Harilela presents some fantastic gift choices - from the practical to the super-indulgent - for men and women, and health and beauty expert Suzanne Harrison takes a peek into the spas and what the beauty counters have in stock.

Victoria Burrows takes you on a quick trip around the world with a choice of three hot destinations and three more to chill at. Resident writer Victoria Ip comes up with suggestions for some of the best places to dine around town during the holidays.

I hope you'll find our suggestions interesting and helpful, and that you'll find this an excellent guide to ending a good year with a bang.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!