Hobbies are a great way to keep kids and parents engaged, learning, and busy. One popular past time is building scale models. I can recall my older brother spending countless hours while he painstakingly glued parts of plastic airplanes together and airbrushed paint so well that his models looked like the real deal, albeit in miniature form. Unfortunately, when we blew up his hard work with illegal fireworks, it was clear his work was more realistic than our experience with pyrotechnics. Still, his models made a lasting impression and I’ve always enjoyed viewing the world in miniature scale.
Fortunately for the lovers of all things small and for those with a taste for history too, Indigo Mall is hosting the Golden Era Miniatures Expo 2013 throughout the months of September and October (ending on October 27). The models are of scenes from Hong Kong and Taiwan and showcase the way things were as well as how life is today. The result is mind boggling considering that these were built from scratch and are not made from parts that were popped out of a box and installed with step-by-step instructions.
The display fills the atrium at Indigo Mall and is free. So bring your kids, grab a bite at one of Indigo’s many kid-friendly eateries (Blue Frog and Element Fresh have impressive kids’ menus) and check out the miniatures. We were particularly impressed with the cityscapes and the insight into the lives of people who rented cages to live in. Perhaps it is a model for where affordable housing is headed in Beijing.
Photos by Christopher Lay