Visa-ran to Hong Kong. Took my camera, natch.
HK isn’t the shopping mecca it once was, but if you’re into trinkets, knockoff brand-label belts, and creepy pop art, it’s still tough to beat.
The Engrish isn’t as good & plentiful in HK as it is in most other parts of Asia, for obvious reasons (read: colonialism), but you can still find some entertainingly on-the-nose or just plain quizzical signs if you do enough wandering.
Season’s greetings from Hong Kong. (Literally — I’m back in Shanghai.)
The Hongkongese like to inject a little levity into their warning signs. Take note, Singapore!*
* I actually have no idea whether Singapore’s signs are at all levitatious, but I’m guessing they don’t include kickass cartoons of gas-masked bluebirds extinguishing fires on small children.
On Sunday, as Hong Kong swore in Leung Chun-ying as the city’s chief executive, thousands protested outside. Between 55,000 (police estimates) and 400,000 (organizers’ guess) protesters marched through Hong Kong, demanding Leung’s resignation, a say in his replacement, and an end to what they call the mainland’s meddling in the semi-autonomous territory.
Protests and free speech are one of the perks of Hong Kong’s “one country, two systems” agreement with China’s Communist Party. But the sheer size of the pro-democracy march — the largest anywhere in China since a 500,000-strong Hong Kong demonstration in 2003 — poses a challenge to the authoritarian regime in Beijing.