Christmas custom have lately been catching on in largely Chinese Hong Kong. Even non-Christian Chinese?
Christmas custom have lately been catching on in largely Chinese Hong Kong. Even non-Christian Chinese celebrate the festival, though their big celebration is still reserved for the Chinese New Year in February. And although but the really Westernised can be persuaded to gag down roast turkey and plum pudding (not really accepted as part of Chinese cuisine), the children are demanding a Christmas tree to go along with the presents. This presents a difficulty because sub-tropical Hong Kong doesn't grow fir trees. They are prohibitive to import. There is a spindly local tree called the casserina, which look vaguely like the real article, but that too is expensive. There isn't much rom in Hong Kong to keep growing trees and uprooting them. So manufacturers turned several years ago to plastic Christmas trees. Even close up they look remarkably like the real thing. They are manufactured on machine presses and assembled, branch by branch, t factory or home. Their greatest advantage is that the trees last for years, can be used over and over again, and can even be put in the washing machine before storage for the following year. Now the idea has caught on abroad and Hong Kong manufactures are exporting their plastic trees all over the world In Hong Kong, a 3 foot tree costs around 13 and they run in sizes up to 12 feet.