Shanghai miniature exhibition showcases vibrancy of Hong Kong

A Shanghai exhibition is offering grounded travelers and culture lovers a slice of Hong Kong in teeny tiny doses.

The show features miniatures that sum up key development moments and cultural highlights of Hong Kong, including a small-scale replica of the Cheung Chau Bun Festival.

The Bun Festival takes place annually on Cheung Chau, a small island about 12 kilometers southwest of Hong Kong island. During the event, dozens of people clamber up a 14-meter-tall bun tower to snatch as many of the round cakes as possible. Whoever gathers the most buns is crowned the winner.

"The artwork was supposed to be made for Wuhan in January. But due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the exhibition was postponed. I made this bun scrambling competition [model] to support Wuhan," said Carmen Poon, chairperson of the Hong Kong Joyful Miniature Association.

Other fun-size works, like "China Cafe," "Cheung Chau Piu Sik Parade" and "Foot Carts" are also on display for the first time.

Many visitors told CGTN that the exhibition has brought back childhood memories.

"When I saw the mini turntable, it made me miss my family and Chinese New Year. Since I'm not Shanghainese and I've been away from home for such a long time, I feel touched by this exhibition," said Wang Bubu, a visitor.

"It's quite exquisite and each artwork has its own story. In addition to traveling, I used to know Hong Kong through television shows. So when I see these miniatures, it brings back memories of those TV series. It really depicts Hong Kong's unique culture, its cityscape and aspects of daily life," said Li Fei, another visitor.

Nine workshops that teach people how to make miniature artwork are also open to the public for free. 

The exhibition will run until December 6 before moving to Hangzhou, capital of east China's Zhejiang Province.