AMAZING BOUQUET

Why People Use Flower Bouquets As Gift

Bouquets are a delightful way to brighten a party or any special occasions. The natural exquisiteness conveyed by flowers make them the best gift option. Flower bouquets are one of nature’s gift that provokes emotional responses. Nevertheless, flowers are appropriate for any situation and are the ideal gift for every occasion say like wedding, birthday, sympathy, prayers and many other occurrences.. People gift flower bouquets because they can actively influence the mood of the people receiving it. Flower bouquets are the best way to convey the message of love, gratitude, and care. They express the feeling of how someone holds an essential part of one’s life. Apart from these, people gift flower bouquets as it forms part of a tradition. Flowers are traditional gifts on the occasion of valentine’s day, birthday, funeral and many more. Flower bouquets give the expression of endearment and comfort. Another important fact is that flower bouquets stand out among other gifts. They are appealing and have greater visual interest in other’s eyes.

 

How to Choose the Best Bouquets

Aesthetics is the requirement for choosing the best bouquets. Crafting a floral arrangement requires a unique look with colors, scents, and shapes. For choosing the best flower bouquets, it is always important to take a look at the blooms. Think of their durability and delicacy.

 

M FLORIST Hong Kong Flower Bouquet Delivery

M FLORIST Online Hong Kong Floral Arrangement offers a wide spectrum of choices of some of the most beautiful flower bouquets in HK. M FLORIST HK will be the final destination for all your flower bouquet delivery needs as we have the biggest collection of fresh flower bouquet. The reason so many people opt for M FLORIST is because of our impeccable customer service and dedication to provide a fresh and gorgeous arrangement of flowers from the country’s best blooms.

 

One Click for A Beautiful Bouquet

Order a beautiful bouquet of flower from M FLORIST HK online with just a click. Our system allows you to order, and track your bouquet and is always ready to provide you with the best customer service. We provide free shipping within the Hong Kong metro. Ordering flower bouquets online with M FLORIST has become the easiest and convenient method. So, make your next occasion attractive and unforgettable with a flower bouquet. We are always there to help you arrange a best flower bouquet delivery.

Best Valentine’s day flower Ideas for your beloved

roses flower bouquet for valentine's day 情人節玫瑰花束

Who doesn’t like to be surprised by flowers? When it comes to Valentine’s Day, getting a fresh cut bouquet of your partner’s favorite blooms for her is a must. For most of the guys, it might be hard to decide which blossoms are the best to show your affection. It is important to consider the preferences of your beloved before choosing a bouquet, if you don’t know what flowers she like most, don’t worry! Here are some professional aspirations from M Florist:

 

1.Roses

Unsurprisingly, roses are the most common choice of Valentine’s Day bouquets. Red roses are symbolized as passionate love, romance and beauty, which is undoubtedly the best choice of valentine’s day gift to your beloved half. Other popular colors of Valentine’s rose include pink, light purple, blue and white. However, you should better avoid buying yellow roses since they have a hidden meaning of apologies or fading love.

 

M Florist 24 roses bouquet:

pink roses flower bouquet for valentine's day 情人節玫瑰花束Imported premium roses with seasonal foliages, with M Florist’s signature Valentine’s Day Card and signature branded carry-bag included. Free Delivery to Metropolitan Area on Valentine’s day.

 

M Florist x Cafuné Mini Basket Bucket

2.Starting 2018 with an exciting Valentine’s Day collaboration, Cafuné and M Florist are creating a special gift exclusively for Hong Kong. This Mini Basket Bucket, in new Arctic colourway, includes roses adorned with Scabiosa in rich purple. Cafuné Mini Basket Bucket is made with premium Italian cow leather and lamb leather, a stylish gift for your beloved.

 

2.Tulips

If you feel like roses are too mainstream, tulips might be the right choice for you. Tulips come with a wide variety of colors. Red and pink tulips symbolize fresh beginnings, so it is highly recommended to give your girlfriend when you’ve just started a romance. Other colors of tulips are also pretty and eye-catching. A perfectly scarlet tulip represents “perfect love”, which is undoubtedly a perfect choice for your beloved on the valentine’s day.

 

M Florist Tulip Bouquet $1,480

rose flower bouquet for Valentine’s Day 情人節花束

 

3.Hydrangea

Hydrangea is a Japanese flower with a wide variety of pantone colors, which the most popular colors include pink, light blue and light purple. Hydrangea is definitely a valentine’s day bouquet choice with its elegant look and the message of thankful, eternity and sincerity that it brings.

 

M Florist hydrangea and ranunculus bouquet:

rose flower bouquet for Valentine’s Day 情人節花束Purple hydrangea surrounded by ranunculus and other side flowers, with M Florist’s signature Valentine’s Day Card and signature branded carry-bag included. Free Delivery to Metropolitan Area on Valentine’s day. Order now till 25 Jan 2018 to enjoy 10% early bird offer!

 

4. Sunflowers

Bright, energetic sunflowers are the most well-known symbol for happiness and warmth, a best gift for your passionate and sun shining girlfriend who always has a bright smile on her face. The yellow petals and open face of the big bright flower symbolizes the smiling face of the sun itself, an entire bouquet conveys the message of warmth, happiness, adoration, and lasting love.

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.Gerber Daisies

Gerber daisies look colorful, young and innocent, if you feel like roses are too mature for your girlfriend, gerber daisies are your best alternative. Same as roses, red color daisies bouquet is a sweet and bright choice for you to express your love towards your sweetheart. Multi-colored daisies bouquet is also a popular choice on Valentine’s day since they look super eye-catching and colorful, which contains the message of “I admire you,” “thank you,” “I love you,” and “you make me happy” all at one time.

 

6.Orchids


When you’re looking for flowers to express your love to your girlfriend, orchids bouquet is also a nice choice. Delicate, exotic, and gorgeous, orchid is a plant that represents luxury, delicate beauty, and strength. Ranging from a wide variety choice of colors, purple orchids are the best to choose since they carry a lot of emotional weight and represent delicate beauty. There’s no better gift to show that special someone how much they mean to you than a bunch of purple orchids.

Wanna know more about valentine’s day bouquets and get prepared with your surprise for her? Check out M Florist’s website for more valentine’s flower bouquet ideas for your beloved! Order online before 25 Jan 2018 to enjoy 10% early bird discount!

Choosing flower bouquet for different occasions

Choosing flower bouquet for different occasions

If you are thinking of sending flowers, finding the best types for each occasion can be hard. While it’s true that many flower and bouquet varieties can be used on multiple occasions, there are specific kinds of flowers that suit best a certain occasion such us a date or a funeral.

By being aware of the right type of flower/bouquet to use, you can create a more appropriate and inviting atmosphere and make your buying decision much easier.

Birthday flower bouquets

Since a birthday is a time to celebrate for the whole family or friends of the person, flower bouquets should be ideally vibrant and more creative. Birthday flowers are usually indicated for women friends or family members although males getting flowers is not that uncommon. Since it’s all about imagination and creativity, you can come up with many awesome ideas. For example, you can gift the recipient a mix of in-season flowers. Or stick with the basics like roses, orchids, tulips or lilies.

The choice also depends on that person’s favorite color/s, if you know them.

Flower bouquet for dating

Date flowers should ideally look beautiful yet still subtle enough and not intimidating. White orchids, tulips, and dandelions are beautiful yet not overwhelming flower varieties for this purpose. Once the date progresses to something more, you can go for a beautiful red rose bouquet as usual.

Flower bouquet for Valentine’s Day

On Valentine’s day, red is the predominant color and so you can follow the tradition by gifting red flowers as your base and mixing them up with a few pink and yellow flowers for more color. Yellow or white roses alone in a bouquet are not indicated as they convey friendship and not romance. Yellow roses though with red edges convey both romance and friendship.

Anniversary flowers

The choice of anniversary flowers mainly depends on what’s in season during your anniversary time. If it’s in springtime, you can opt for subtle light pink or peach varieties like cherry blossoms, peonies, daisies, or peach blossoms. Likewise, in summer you should ideally choose more bright colors like orange, bright, yellow, or fuchsia. Avoid yellow carnations though as they symbolize disappointment.

During fall months, the shades of flowers become more rich and dark e.g.lilies. You can also use a gold rose variety to match the fall atmosphere. Finally, flower varieties in winter time are either rich or subtle. Some good winter picks: orchids, pansies, and chrysanthemums.

The most important thing to consider though is picking a flower kind that symbolizes your relationship status. If your partner has shown their fondness for a certain flower kind, use that as your base in your gift bouquet. Some flower kinds also symbolize certain time anniversaries: daisies 5 years together, daffodils 10 years, roses 15, and asters 20.

Get well soon

The first aspect to consider when sending ‘get well soon’ flowers to someone who is sick is where they are in bed. If hospitalized, the flowers should be vibrant and bright but not very strong in scent. Irises and tulips are great for this purpose. If they are at home, marigolds symbolize recovery while yellow flowers like daffodils symbolize rebirth and rejuvenation. Don’t go for yellow daylilies as they are often used in funerals.

Funeral flowers

As stated earlier, yellow daylilies are linked with funerals as they symbolize the soul exiting the body. Blooming chrysanthemums are also used in funerals to give a more comforting atmosphere in Japan and some European regions.

Thank You Note flowers

If you are seeking a way to express your gratitude to a co-worker or a close friend, the most suitable choice would be to go for their favorite flower or at least favorite color. In general, whites, light pinks, and yellows symbolize gratitude and respect. Lilies, carnations, and daisies are also good choices.

Final words

Flowers adds beauty to any occasion and appeals to our emotions and it creates lasting memories. We have tried to list some common flowers used in various events. However, the list of flowers suitable for your event is endless, you only need to ensure you make a thorough research on the kind of flower bouquet to choose for your occasion.

Floristic Joy to the world -Top 10 Flowers ideas for Christmas

Top 10 Flowers ideas for Christmas

Christmas is the best time to cheer up yourself and your beloved by decorating your homes with pretty flowers. Holiday greenery and flowers add color and life to your home on a chilly winter’s day. M Florist is sharing with you a few popular Christmas plants and flowers that you may like for your home this holiday! 

1. Poinsettia

TOP 10 FLOWERS IDEAS FOR CHRISTMAS

Poinsettia might be the most recognised flower for Christmas. In Hong Kong, Poinsettia is named “Christmas flower” in Chinese. Poinsettia are generally sold with bright red and green leaves. However, if you are getting bored with the ordinary Poinsettia, you may also consider buying poinsettias with other colors and patterns. Poinsettia are naturally grown in a range of colors from white to pink to red with solid or speckled leaves, but sellers now dye or paint them with many other colors and may even add sparkles.

Points to note: Only water it when it is dry to the touch.

 

2. Amaryllis

TOP 10 FLOWERS IDEAS FOR CHRISTMAS

Amaryllis are tall and graceful, these exotic-looking flowers bloom about four to six weeks after you plant the bulb. Typically, the red varieties of amaryllis are sold for the holidays, but they also come in colors ranging from red to white to pink to orange and petals that are solid, striped or speckled in all of these colors.

Points to note: Turn the pot every few days to help the plant grow upright. Keep the soil evenly moist, but don’t drown it.

 

3. Christmas Cactus

TOP 10 FLOWERS IDEAS FOR CHRISTMAS

Christmas Cactus are also named as Thanksgiving Cactus. Different species of Cactus bloom at different times of year including Thanksgiving and Easter. These lovely cacti have lush flowers that hang down like lovely Christmas ornaments from the ends of the leaves of the plant.

Point to note: Water when dry, but don’t let the plant sit in water.

 

4. Roses

TOP 10 FLOWERS IDEAS FOR CHRISTMAS

A dozen red roses might sound more Valentine than Christmas, but roses can make a gorgeous bouquet during the holiday season too. Shorter stems and additions like pinecones or ornaments give them a whole new presentation. You can also pair roses with wintry accents like pinecones and berries to give extra christmas feeling to it!

Click here to view more Roses in M Florist

 

5. Holly

TOP 10 FLOWERS IDEAS FOR CHRISTMAS

Holly is not typically sold as a live plant at Christmas, but the bright red berries of female holly bushes against its dark green pointed leaves are a popular decoration at Christmas. Christians adopted the plant as a symbol of Jesus’ promise of everlasting life. A holly wreath looks nice on your door!

Wanting to buy a Christmas wreath for your sweetheart? Check out M Florist’s preserved christmas wreath gift set which contains a Preserved Greens Christmas Wreath Imported From Japan (30cm), Charbonnel et Walker Christmas Truffle Box – Port & Cranberry and Signature Christmas card & Gift box. Order now to enjoy free Christmas delivery! Check out more at M Florist website

 

Preserved Christmas Wreath set Christmas Hamper 聖誕花圈 聖誕禮籃

 

6. Cyclamen

TOP 10 FLOWERS IDEAS FOR CHRISTMAS

One of the most charming flowering plants available during christmas time is the florist cyclamen, which has heart-shaped, silver-veined leaves and pretty blooms in bright crayon colors. It’s not hard to grow, and can last for long if you pay particular attention to its needs.

Point to note: Water from the base, not from the top, by setting it in a saucer of water and letting it absorb for 15 to 20 minutes, then remove the plant. Avoid splashing water on the leaves.

 

7. Paperwhites

TOP 10 FLOWERS IDEAS FOR CHRISTMAS

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Paperwhites often come in kits or loose bulbs with a planting medium. You just need to plot them up and then you can enjoy the fragrant blooms in two to three weeks. Paperwhites are not hard to grow, just water them regularly so that the soil stays evenly moist, and it is relatively cheaper than other Christmas flowers.

 

8. Mistletoe

If you are buying flowers for you beloved, then Mistletoe might be the best choice for you since the legend of mistletoe says that you will be cursed with a bad luck if you refuse a kiss from someone who buy you mistletoe! Despite being forbidden as a decoration at one point in time in the Christian church, this holiday plant is still commonly seen. Originally a symbol of fertility, now it is simply a sneaky way for boys to get kisses from girls.

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9.Rosemary

While the rosemary plant is a lesser known holiday plant, it is making a comeback in stores as being sold as a holiday plant. If your house is not big enough for a christmas tree, rosemary might then be your best choice. This plant often is sheared into a topiary or pyramidal shape to mimic a Christmas tree. Its fresh piney scent is invigorating in the middle of a dreary winter and is a savory addition to stews and roasts. A few centuries ago, rosemary was part of the Nativity story in that Baby Jesus’ clothes were dried on a rosemary bush. Christians then believed that smelling rosemary at Christmas brought good luck.

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10. Christmas Tree

Preserved Christmas Tree Christmas Hamper 永生花 聖誕樹 聖誕禮籃

No list of Christmas plants would be complete without mentioning the centerpiece of any Christmas celebrating house. You can either buy real christmas tree at the flower market in Mongkok and some flower farms in new territories, or buy a fake one in department stores which you can reuse it every year.

You may also consider sending a MFlorist preserved Christmas tree gift set to your friends and family to show your love! The gift set consists of a preserved Greens Christmas Tree Imported From Japan (30cm), Charbonnel et Walker Milk Marc de Champagne Truffles, Christmas card and christmas box. Order and enjoy a free delivery on Christmas day! Details Here!

Check out more Christmas flower ideas from MFlorist website!

Plan Your Dream Wedding with M Florist

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At M Florist, we are blessed with many tasteful clients sharing the same desire for elegance and perfection as we do.  Our beautiful bride Helen is definitely one of them.  Thank you, Helen, for putting your trust in Team M Florist to help make your dream wedding come true.

 

We are glad that our pink and white wedding floral decoration perfectly created a romantic, feminine and harmonious atmosphere, setting the right tone for a lively and joy-filled wedding.  Accentuated with calla lily flowers, Helen’s favourite, the wedding decoration and corsage effortlessly highlighted the bride’s beauty and elegance, leaving all guests stunned.

 

Seeing that our clients are happy brings us the greatest joy and satisfaction at M Florist.  Thank you, Helen, for letting us be part of your big moment and happiness.

 

Are you planning a wedding for your client, a friend, or a wedding of your own?  Talk to the friendly team at M Florist and let us custom-make your dream wedding.  Whatever themes or styles you like, our team of professionals create your desired wedding decorations and corsage with high quality imported flowers, leaving you feeling completely happy and satisfied.

6 Last Minute Romantic Staycation Ideas

Auberge Discovery Bay

 

 

Have you not planned how to spend the National Day long weekend with your hunny bunny?  Fret not. We at M Florist have selected 6 last-minute romantic staycation spots in Hong Kong that do not require air tickets. To add an element of surprise, each hotel is paired with a suggested M Florist flower bouquet or flower box that will make the weekend extra memorable for your bae.

 

 

W Hong Kong Pool
Image courtesy to W Hong Kong

1.   W Hong Kong

Take your bae to the much celebrated five-star hotel for a fun and exciting weekend staycation.  Begin your day with a hearty buffet at the eclectic, modern Kitchen before easing into a relaxing couple-retreat at the award-winning Bliss Spa. Booze up with a healthy afternoon tea or a cocktail with some live music at Woobar. Then, take a plunge into one of the world’s highest rooftop pool on the 76th floor with a spectacular harbor view. As the clock strikes 8 pm, relax in the outdoor Jacuzzi while enjoying the National Day fireworks, or simply head back to your harbor view couple room for some romantic time together.

 

End the fun and cheery day on a high note with this stunning tri-color “36 Garden Rose” flower bouquet that oozes passion and energy.

 

W Hong Kong
Telephone: +852 37172222
Address: 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon Station, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Website: www.w-hongkong.com

 

 

Ritz Carlton Hong Kong
Image courtesy to Ritz Carlton Hong Kong

2.   Ritz Carlton Hong Kong

If you are going after luxury this National Day, Ritz Carlton won’t disappoint you with its elegance and extravagance. Treat your bae to an exquisite Sunday brunch at the Michelin-starred restaurant Tosca, followed by a luxurious couple spa and a relaxing swim in the indoor pool with a panoramic harbor view. On the night of the National Day, take your love for a yummy signature cocktail or a dance at Ozone – the highest bar in the world – and enjoy the breathtaking firework show at the outdoor terrace.

 

Spoil your love with the signature “36 Red Rose” flower bouquet to end an extravagant day on a classy note.

 

Ritz Carlton Hong Kong
Telephone: +852 2263 2263
Address: 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon Station, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Website: www.ritzcarlton.com/HongKong‎

 

 

The Upper Room Hong Kong
Image courtesy to The Upper Room Hong Kong

3.   The Upper House

Located in the buzzing Central district of Hong Kong, this luxury boutique hotel contrasts its surroundings with calming, relaxed vibes. Expect not to “do” much but to relax and enjoy moments of tranquility in this peaceful haven. Take your bae for a brunch at the classy Café Gray Deluxe, followed by some relaxed reading time or chit-chats with a few cold beers at The Lawn. When it’s time for the evening firework show, head back to Café Gray Deluxe where you can enjoy excellent harbor views, or retreat to your studio room for a quiet romantic night together.

 

Surprise your hunny with this elegant “Peony and Blue Star” flower bouquet that gives off a calming vibe with its pastel color tones.

 

The Upper House
Telephone: +852 29181838
Address:  Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong
Website: www.upperhouse.com/en/default

 

InterContinental Hong Kong
Image courtesy to InterContinental Hong Kong

 

PRAISE • GRAND

4.   InterContinental Hong Kong

This five-star hotel is a popular couples’ destination for many reasons. Apart from offering some of the best views of the Victoria Harbour and National Day Firework Display, InterContinental is also home to a number of highly celebrated restaurants – YAN TOH HIN with two Michelin stars, NOBU famously their modern Japanese cuisine, THE STEAKHOUSE with a much acclaimed salad bar, and HARBOURSIDE with one of the city’s most highly sought-after buffets – making it a no-fail spot for couples with a picky palate. A lesser-known fact is that InterContinental Hong Kong has beautiful infinity spa pools with a spectacular vantage point that make you feel like swimming in the Victoria Harbour.

 

Cheer your hunny bunny up with the beautiful “Praise • Grand” flower box featuring seasonal hydrangeas from Netherlands and red roses.

 

InterContinental Hong Kong
Telephone:  +852 27211211
Address:  18 Salisbury Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Website: hongkong-ic.intercontinental.com/en/

 

 

Image courtesy to Hotel ICON
Image courtesy to Hotel ICON

Lucky Me Flower Box

5.    Hotel ICON

Compared to the top of the range hotels in Hong Kong, Hotel ICON feels less extravagant and more down-to-earth. But this award-winning hotel is no less competitive than other five-star hotels as an ideal staycation spot. It is home to the famous buffet restaurant MARKET which takes months to book; the popular GREEN café with highly rated cupcakes; the much celebrated Cantonese restaurant ABOVE & BEYOND with unbeatable Hong Kong night views, ANGSANA SPA with high quality treatments, and an amazing gym and outdoor pool with amazing 270 degrees views of the harbour and city line.

 

Elegantly combining premium roses and eustoma flowers, M Florist’s “Lucky Me” flower box will make your bae feel like the luckiest girl in the world.

 

Hotel ICON
Telephone: +852 34001000
Address: No. 17 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Website: www.hotel-icon.com

 

Auberge Discovery Bay
Image courtesy to Auberge Discovery Bay

 

Rose Garden Heart

6.    Auberge Discovery Bay Hong Kong

Wanting an active weekend staycation on an island? Auberge Discovery Bay, having opened just for a few years, offers the perfect respite away from the city’s hustle and bustle. Challenge your bae with one of the breathtaking hiking trails, or cycle around Lantau Island to explore the landscapes and popular tourist destinations. If this sounds like too much work, you can always just unwind at the nearby beach, or take the signature horse-drawn carriage ride for some afternoon fun. End the day with a good night’s sleep at one of the hotel rooms with a spectacular 270-degree mountain view or harbor view.

 

Pampering your cutie pie with the pretty “Rose Garden Heart” flower box will surely make her day!

 

Auberge Discovery Bay Hong Kong
Telephone:  +852 22958288
Address:  88 Siena Avenue, Discovery Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Website: www.aubergediscoverybay.com

 

 

 

Remarks: All of M Florist flower bouquets and flower boxes are individually crafted from the best blossoms daily. If any flower was shown is unavailable for any reason, we may make a substitution of equal or greater value in a similar color to ensure timely delivery.

20 Fun Facts about Mid Autumn Festival You Might Not Know

Mooncake with Lotus Filling (Pastry)

As Mid-Autumn Festival is approaching, it is probably a good time to test your friends’ (and your own!) knowledge of this fun Chinese festival. If all you can think of about the festival are moon cakes, gifts, and lanterns, you should read on!

 

 1. Mid-Autumn Festival dates back more than 3000 years.

The first ever Mid-Autumn Festival celebration was believed to take place during the Shang Dynasty (1600 to 1046BC) when the Chinese emperor worshipped the moon hoping for a bountiful harvest in the country.

 

 2. Mid-Autumn Festival does not necessarily happen in autumn.

Well, this year it is since it falls on 4 October. But it is not necessarily the case – we have had Mid-Autumn Festivals that falls in August, which is technically late summer. It is because Mid-Autumn Festival follows the Chinese lunar year calendar, scheduled on the 15th day of every 8th month.

 

3. We don’t necessarily see the biggest roundest moon at Mid-Autumn Festival night.

As much as we want to see the full moon on the Mid-Autumn Festival night, it does not always happen. According to astronomy, a full moon occurs every 29.5 days when Earth is directly aligned between the sun and the moon. Following this calculation, the full moon will occur on October 5 this year (instead of October 4, the Mid-Autumn Festival night). But if you want to see a supermoon – occurring when the moon comes closer to Earth than usual – watch out for it on December 3 this year.

 

4. Mid-Autumn Festival is associated with the Chinese legend of Chang Er.
Chang Er, the wife of the legendary hero Hou Yi who was known for shooting down nine of the ten suns in the sky in order to keep the earth safe, was believed to secretly consume an elixir and fly to the moon. It was believed that, in heartbroken remembrance of his wife, Hou Yi offered Chang Er’s favorite fruits and cakes (aka moon cakes), and hence the tradition of eating fruits and moon cakes during Mid-Autumn Festival.

 

5. Mid-Autumn Festival is less about moon cakes and more about the reunion with the family.

As much as you are fascinated by the various flavors of moon cakes on the market, Mid-Autumn Festival is more than just food. It is more about celebrating the reunion with your family and beloved ones. It is thus considered the second most important festival in China after the Lunar New Year.

 

6. Mooncakes were used as secret weapons by Chinese revolutionaries.

Mooncakes were once used to spread messages among Chinese during a revolution to overthrow foreign rule in Yuan Dynasty. In an uprising led by 14th-century leader Zhu Yuanzhang, a rumor was spread that a deadly plague had struck China and eating moon cakes could cure the disease. The mooncakes, which were distributed to all common people, contained a paper with the instruction to kill the Mongols on the Mid-Autumn Festival day.   The Chinese eventually managed to overthrow the oppressors, thanks to mooncakes!

 

7. Non-Chinese people celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival too!

Mid-Autumn Festival is celebrated not only in China but also in many other Asian countries including Malaysia, South Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Singapore and the Philippines. In Japan, people eat glutinous rice cakes rather than mooncakes during the festival. South Koreans enjoy a three-day long holiday (much needed in Hong Kong!) visiting their family and friends in their hometowns. Singaporeans’ way of celebrating is similar to Chinese, winding down a full moon night with mooncakes, pomelos, and tea.

 

8. The largest mooncake in the world weighed more than a family car!

Modern Chinese tend to prefer smaller, lighter moon cakes due to health concerns, but do you know how big a mooncake can be? According to Guinness World Records, the largest ever mooncake was heavier than a family car – weighing almost 2500 kg! The giant mooncake was made in Shanghai on 19 September 2013.

 

9. Mid-Autumn Festival is known as China’s second Valentine’s Day.

In the ancient times, Mid-Autumn Festival was associated with the God who unites couples, a.k.a. “the old man in the moon”. On this full moon night, singles would pray for true love and marriage, while the married would celebrate love and enjoy some romantic time together.

 

10. Chinese Youth gives WeChat lucky money to the family as a gift!
Perhaps the mooncake is considered out of fashion by the avant-garde youth – some of them now like to give WeChat lucky money to their parents and loved ones instead!

 

11. Mooncakes are more than just about the moon.

While the ancient Chinese might regard mooncakes as an offering to the moon god, the modern Chinese consider moon cakes differently. The mooncake, round in shape, has now become a symbol of completeness, togetherness and family reunion. Families cut and share moon cakes to celebrate the unity of the family and express love for each other.

 

12. Flavors of mooncakes are varied in different parts of China.

Depending on which part of China you are in, the mooncakes are made differently. Beijing people like to make mooncakes with a thin crust and very sweet red bean filling. Guangzhou people like mooncakes that are made with lotus seeds and egg yolk sometimes garnished with sesame and shredded coconut.

 

13. Mid-Autumn Festival is the best time to eat crabs.

Do you know that Mid-Autumn Festival often coincides with the best season for crabs? Apparently female crabs have more eggs during this season and hence are more nutritious and delicious.

 

14. People made different kinds of offerings during Mid-Autumn Festival – even beauty aids!

In the traditional Daoist culture people believe in and offer to Chang Er. Now guess what they offer to her? Apart from the mooncake, people also offer beauty aids, bath salts, and lotions in the hope to get Chang Er’s blessing!

 

15. Superstitious Chinese people put pomelo rinds on their heads.
Apparently, Chinese superstition says that if you put pomelo rinds on your head, Chang Er would see it from the moon and answer your prayer for a son! Why? It’s because the Chinese of “pomelo” (you4 zi3) sounds similar to having a son (you3 zi3).

 

16. The Chinese government has placed a mooncake ban to curb corruption.

Mid-Autumn Festival is a time when people exchange mooncakes as gifts, but it also gives rise to corruption in China. Many Chinese officials have used public funds to purchase expensive moon cake gift boxes. In an effort to curb corruption, the Chinese government placed a mooncake ban in 2014 to prevent the use of public money on mooncakes.

 

17. Many countries have banned mooncakes.
Due to Avian flu risk, moon cakes which may contain egg and meat fillings are refused entry in many countries. These countries include the UK, the US, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, India, and more.

 

18. The mooncake packaging costs more than the mooncake itself!
Chinese people love packaging, and it is no surprise that the packaging for mooncakes can be extravagant – even more expensive than the mooncakes!

 

19. Mooncakes can make you very fat!
Mooncakes are actually very calorie-loaded. A mooncake of 7cm diameter can contain as high as 1000 calories.

 

20. Pandas also eat mooncakes!
Yep, you have heard it right – Panda eat mooncakes too, only that the ones they eat are specially made to keep them healthy.

10 Most Loved Mid Autumn Festival Gifts

Mandarin Florist Full Moon Ultimate Luxury Mid Autumn Hamper

Mid-Autumn Festival is a time of and reuniting and remembering people who are special to you. These special ones aren’t limited to just your family and spouse – your friends, clients and business partners can be just equally worthy of your love and gratitude. Whether you are an individual, a family or a business, here are 10 most loved Mid-Autumn Festival gifts that will make the recipients remember you.

 

Peninsula Moon Cake
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1. MOON CAKE: Peninsula Moon Cake

If there is one Mid-Autumn Festival staple that every home must have, it has to be the Peninsula mini egg custard moon cake. Filled with rich and creamy egg custard, the Peninsula moon cake is loved for their heavenly unparalleled taste – especially when served hot from the microwave oven. We love the Peninsula moon cake not only for its taste but also the unique packaging in a golden, octagonal gift box.

Where to source: The Peninsula Hong Kong in Tsim Sha Tsui or The Peninsula Boutique Pop-up in IFC mall (Level P1)

 

Godiva Gold
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2. CHOCOLATE: Godiva Chocolate Gold Collection

What is a better sweet treat this Mid-Autumn Festival than a perfect chocolate? The Godiva Chocolate Gold Collection contains the five most loved flavors – hazelnut pralinés, ganaches, carrés, caramels and nuts chocolate. Pair the exquisite chocolates with a fine wine or champagne to make a complete Mid-Autumn Festival gift set.

Where to source: Godiva Chocolatier at various locations

 

Red Wine

3. WINE: Perfect Red Wine

Red wine has been known for its health benefits, containing antioxidants such as resveratrol and proanthocyanidins that may reduce oxidative damage and prevent heart disease as well as cancer. It is also a delicious and refreshing complement to a savory moon cake. Some nice wine choices for pairing with a moon cake include Cháteau Guiraud and Bouscasse Frimaire.

Where to source: Harvey Nichols and other local wine shops

 

Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut NV Champagne Magnum4. CHAMPAGNE: Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut NV Champagne Magnum

The richly flavored champagne with notes of white-fleshed fruits and citrus fruits is one of the most elegant gifts for Mid-Autumn Festival. Combining fullness and finesse, it is the perfect bottle to go with a moon cake or some seasonal fruits.

Where to source: Harvey Nichols and other local wine shops

 

Angelina Paris N°226 chocolate-flavored tea
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5. TEA: Angelina Paris N°226 chocolate-flavored tea

This intense black tea with hints of almond and cocoa goes perfectly with a sweet moon cake (see below for chocolate moon cake by Jeffrey Koo), or chocolate moon cake or dessert.

Where to source: Angelina Paris in IFC mall (Level P3)

 

Japanese Kyoho Grapes

6. GRAPE: Japanese Kyoho Grape
The large, dark purple Japanese grapes are not just good to look at, but they are also one of the most popular fruits among Hong Kong people.   Boasting juicy, tender and very sweet flesh, Japanese Kyoho grapes go well with a wine or a champagne.

Where to source: Supermarkets such as Taste and Citysuper

 

Japanese Peach

7. PEACH: Imported Japanese Peach
Loved by ladies for its cute heart shape and refined appearance, Japanese peach makes the perfect Mid-Autumn Festival gift also because it is a symbol of long life and prosperity in Chinese traditions. The Japanese peach is unique because of its distinctive sweetness and delicate texture. Packed with juice, the Japanese peach quenches your thirst quickly and is the perfect complement to a sodium-loaded traditional moon cake.

 Where to source: Supermarkets such as Taste and Citysuper

 

Japanese Nashi Pear

8. PEAR: Imported Japanese Pear

Huge and golden in appearance, the Japanese pear has a unique crispy texture and light sweetness that make it a perfect starter for a full-on Mid-Autumn Festival meal. Also known as nashi (Japanese for pear) or crunch apple, the Japanese pear is famous for its apple-like firm texture and highly aromatic quality.

Where to source: Supermarkets such as Taste and Citysuper

 

Japanese Apple 日本蘋果

9. APPLE: Imported Japanese Apple

The giant, crisp, dense and sweet Japanese apple is a good Mid-Autumn Festival gift not only for its quality but also because it has a relatively long shelf life compared to other fruits. Japanese apples don’t just go well with other food such as a moon cake but also with wine, making it a versatile ingredient for an appetizer or a main course accompanied by wine. It is exceptionally delicious when paired with Riesling, Chianti, Pinot Noir and Merlot wines.

Where to source: Supermarkets such as Taste and Citysuper

 

Mandarin Florist Full Moon Ultimate Luxury Mid Autumn Hamper

10. HAMPER: Mandarin Florist Mid-Autumn Festival Hampers

This, aptly called The Full Moon Deluxe, is a complete round-up of all the most-loved items this Mid-Autumn Festival! The elegant, three-layer wooden gift box contains 10 different types of high quality imported fruits, a box of the famous Peninsula moon cake, boxes of Godiva chocolates and cookies, a bottle of Moet & Chandon champagne, and a beautiful greeting card.

Where to source: Mandarin Florist

Top Romantic Spots to Moon Gaze in Hong Kong

Sevva Hong Kong

Mid-Autumn Festival is fast approaching! The long-awaited holiday with lots of moon cakes (think that lightly-heated Peninsula moon cake…YUMMMMM), wine, champagne, gifts, hampers… is soon upon us. While all these are worth waiting for, it is important not to miss the true meaning of the festival. Chinese people consider Mid-Autumn Festival as one of the most important festivals in the year celebrating the reunion with their family and beloved ones. Besides, Mid-Autumn festival is also considered the most romantic season of the year after Valentine’s Day.

To make this year’s Mid-Autumn Festival memorable for you and your boo, we have rounded up the top romantic moon-gazing spots in Hong Kong. Whether you are looking for a rooftop bar or an outdoor respite to impress your hunny-bunny, we have got you covered!

Sevva Hong Kong
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1. SEVVA

Overlooking Hong Kong’s iconic HSBC Building and Legco Building is Sevva, a popular bar boasting front and center views of Hong Kong’s skyscrapers.  Sevva has been known to be a no-fail romantic spot for couples not just because of the views but also an impressive drink list.  Enjoy an intimate Mid-Autumn evening with your cutie pie here at Sevva, with a red wine or champagne in your hand.

Address: Princes Building, 25/F, 10 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong
Website: www.sevva.hk
Phone: +852 2537 1388

 

CÉ LA VI Sky Deck
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2. CÉ LA VI

Offering a 360-degree panoramic harbor view, the Sky Deck at Cé La Vi is one of the best locations in town to moon gaze. Sip a few seasonal cocktails with your boo or, if you feel like having a full-on dinner or a nice dessert, head to the restaurant section where you will also find an extensive list of wine and champagne.

Address: 25/F California Tower, 36, 30 D’Aguilar St, Central, Hong Kong
Website: www.hk.celavi.com
Phone: +852 3700 2300

 

Red Sugar Kerry Hotel
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3. RED SUGAR

If you live on the Kowloon side of the harbor, this brand new hotel bar by the harbor is definitely the place to see and be seen.  Boasting a 270-degree view, the spacious outdoor terrace at Red Sugar overlooks the Victoria Harbour and offers great moon views.  Resided within Kerry Hotel, a recently opened hotel under the Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts group, Red Sugar will impress you with their extensive yet reasonable priced selection of wine, champagne, and other drinks.

Address: 7/F, Kerry Hotel, 38 Hung Luen Road, Hung Hom
Website: www.shangri-la.com/hongkong/kerry/dining/bars-lounges/red-sugar/
Phone: +852 2252 5279

 

Image Courtesy of Sugar

4. SUGAR

Perched on the 32nd floor of Tai Koo’s East Hotel, Sugar offers great full moon views as well as relaxed, fun vibes to wind down a Mid-Autumn evening.  Spice up the evening with a few draft beers and chips in the umbrella covered patio.  Don’t forget to take a few selfies with your boo in front some of the best city night views in Tai Koo.

Address: 32/F, East Hotel, 29 Tai Koo Shing Road, Tai Koo, Hong Kong
Website: www.east-hongkong.com/en/restaurants-and-bars/sugar
Phone: +852 3968 3738

 

Topiary
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5. TOPIARY

If you are up for something light and healthy for Mid-Autumn Festival, Topiary could be a perfect choice.  Forget about the greasy, unhealthy mooncakes and celebrate the Mid-Autumn night in style with Topiary’s shim cocktails and yummy veggie canapés – something that will surely impress your health-conscious bae!  To snap the full moon against the backdrop of Hong Kong’s old and new buildings, head out to the covered outdoor terrace where you can also relax at the casual bar tables.

Address: 3/F, Hilltop Plaza, 49-51 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
Website: www.topiaryhk.com
Phone: +852 2866 6485

 

Beef and Liberty
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6. BEEF & LIBERTY

If your beloved can’t live a day without a beer and a burger, Beef & Liberty has to be the place to pamper and impress. On the Mid-Autumn Festival night, sit at their relaxed and warmly-lit rooftop garden where you and your bae can enjoy some nice moon views and fun time together.

Address: 23 Wing Fung Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Website: www.beef-liberty.com/hk
Phone: +852 2811 3009

 

Above & Beyond
Image courtesy of Hotel ICON

7. ABOVE & BEYOND

Looking for a place that combines Cantonese cuisine with stunning Hong Kong night views? Above & Beyond perched on the Hotel ICON is a perfect location.  Apart from amazing views, Above & Beyond also boasts a tantalizing Cantonese menu that will surely please your boo.

Address: Level 28, Hotel ICON, 17 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Website: www.hotel-icon.com/dining/above-beyond
Phone: +852 3400 1418 

 

For those of you looking for an outdoor respite to spend a romantic Mid-Autumn night, here are the best spots:

8. HARBOUR CITY CAR PARK

If you want to escape from the crowd without having to hop out of town, Harbour City Car Park in Tsim Sha Tsui can be a nice spot.  Get an unobstructed view of the Hong Kong skyline in the windy rooftop carpark. When you feel like wanting some really intimate time with your boo, simply head back into your car, put some music on, and open a bottle of wine or champagne to make the night extra memorable.

Address: Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 7-27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon (MTR exit: Tsim Sha Tsui A1)

 

9. HUNG HOM PROMENADE

Just a 15 minute walk away from the Hung Hom station is the 500-meter waterfront promenade linking the harbor frontages of Tsum Sha Tsui and Hung Hom. Here you can take a breezy stroll with a beer in your hand, or perhaps enjoy a little picnic on the green lawns with moon cakes.

Address: Hung Hom Promenade, Kin Wan Street, Kowloon (MTR exit: Hung Hom D4)

 

Tamar Park
Image Courtesy: Tamar Park

10. TAMAR PARK

The spacious green lawn at Tamar Park has always been the best spot for a romantic night picnic.  Enjoy unobstructed moon views while lying on the soft grasses with your boo.  For some private time together, set up a little tent and pop a champagne to celebrate the night – perhaps with some moon cakes and fruits too!

Address: Harcourt Road, Admiralty (MTR exit: Admiralty A)

 

11. KOWLOON PEAK (FEI NGO SHAN)

If you feel like doing some Mid-Autumn exercises (especially after eating those calorie-loaded moon cakes!), why not hike up to the Kowloon Peak?  There you can spend some intimate time with your boo,  enjoying 360-degree views of Hong Kong.

Address: Kowloon Peak, Ma On Shan Country Park, Kowloon (MTR exit: Choi Hung, then take minibus 1A to Fei Ngo Shan Road)

 

IFC Rooftop

12. IFC

The IFC rooftop has always been known as a great picture spot, boasting impressive Hong Kong night views and a relaxed garden for chilling out with your boo.  Before getting to the rooftop, booze up at the ground-floor supermarket, or simply bring a wine and a moon cake for a little Mid-Autumn celebration after a long day’s work.

Address: IFC, 8 Finance Street, Central (MTR exit: Hong Kong F)

 

Central Pier

13. CENTRAL FERRY PIERS

With the harbor and the big wheel as the backdrop, Central Ferry could be one of the most romantic spots for couples to moon gaze and take selfies.  Bring a wine (or a guitar too if you are musical couples!) and celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival with your boo by the sea.

Address: Central Piers, Man Kwong Street, Central (MTR exit: Hong Kong A2)

 

Hong Kong Peak

14. THE PEAK

Nothing quite beats the iconic Hong Kong view from the Peak. If you want to go a bit adventurous and get some post-moon-cake exercise, hike up from The University of Hong Kong MTR Station instead of going on a peak tram. (Directions for hiking)

Address: Victoria Peak, The Peak