For its annual Chocolate Trail, Harbour City Shopping Mall is collaborating with Japanese miniature artist Tatsuya Tanaka.
He has more than 1 million Instagram followers after hosting his “mini-chocollection”.
As well as the trail, which runs through until February 25, Harbour City is also hosting The Sound of Chocolate art exhibition featuring chocolate “vinyl records” created by French artist Julia Drouhin.
The mall is also introducing a chocolate-tasting bar featuring nine new chocolate brands, four of which have received international awards. Qualifying customers can choose from 65 chocolates and desserts at the bar. The new brands include Auro Chocolate from the Philippines, Fuwan Chocolate from Taiwan, Le Chocolat de H and Palet D’or from Japan, and Marijn Coertjens Chocolatier from Belgium, founded by the former Hong Kong Peninsula Hotel chocolate master.
Chocolate Trail pop-up stores include Blesscuit Bakery, Blooms Roastery & Craft Tea, Chef Nic’s Cookies, Frederic Blondeel, Gavottes, Hotel Chocolat, Le Chocolat LeTao, The BonBonist, The Peninsula Boutique, Van Gogh Senses, Yoku Moku and zChocolat.
Meanwhile, Tanaka has transformed Atrium II at Gateway Arcade into a chocolate mini-Hong Kong. His 32 miniature art pieces cover such themes as Valentine’s Day and Lunar New Year and include Hong Kong elements such as dai pai dong eateries, old tenements and food trucks.
For a $40 donation, customers can become a miniature character and take photos in Tanaka’s chocolate scene. Other activities are available to raise funds for the Hong Kong Blood Cancer Foundation.