Losing the Grip

The current hot topic is how we should be handling the ever increasing Mainland Chinese tourists. An average local Hong Kongese feels our home is under threat. Threat of occupying our public spaces in a few districts that notorious for shopping necessities and luxury name brands. It’s really not my business until I see how politicians and government officials answered the questions made by the public. Speaking of developing new tourist attractions, all they do is pointing the finger on which way they should go. Who doesn’t know we need new spots for tourists…talk is cheap. I see really see no commitment in them, no foreseeable plans. So there they are, debating.

We are aware of the overcrowded issue on the main tourist attractions. There’re many of us believe we the locals should deserve better. We do not understand why there’s so few tourist attractions. Perhaps developing a new attraction would take forever and it’s really not necessary because all our government could think of is to develop more and more shopping centre? As we see how all our infrastructures are delaying. We do not understand why benches and seats are so hard to find in shopping malls. Yes, perhaps everyone is an iron man won’t get tired. And probably everyone can afford to pay for their seats in a restaurant on a mall instead. Our government should be taking the leading role to think the unthinkable, ‘wow’ everyone for once. I’m for one not too appreciate the public spaces in the city. I would even avoid going to some districts at all cost, knowing it’d be a waste of time waiting for transportations and facilities. Just when our tourism and the retail franchises are becoming the city’s main source of income. Who doesn’t want to make money, only that the money is not really going back to the general public and our living environment is getting more and more crowded. Should we not be saying anything back to those in charge of all that?
Attraction
HIgher
Mao
Widow
Science Explaination
Exclaimation in solitude
Tallest in townPillars
The Lit City

There was not a thing in mind in the past week. There was absolutely nothing I could make myself do. Even if there’s a new camera to play with, I wouldn’t go wild. I stuck with my routine walk after work. I’m not seeing, feeling anything at all. I see desperation. I try to convince myself now and then. I question myself if It’s the perfect time to go on some sort of short hiatus and re-program myself again. I’m no iron man. Not only a sizable break perhaps a new direction.

How about just get lazy and play with my 28mm again? See if I can skip going for a break for more than just a few days.. How does that sound?!

4 thoughts on “Losing the Grip

  1. Why are HK people not accepting of the Mainland tourists? They are widely accepted everyone else as most destinations love their buying power. They act in very similar ways to other tourists in past years when their governments made it easy for them to travel – think Japan in the 80s. After all, China tourists and HK people are both Chinese so in a sense HK people hate themselves?

    1. the friction between us and them is more than a general chinese tie you’re referring. Don’t hate the player, hate the game.I do not hate the mainlanders. I’d rather put the focus on why Hong Kong is not offering alternative and new sightseeing spots instead. They’re what they’re, we can’t change the people.

      The mainland tourists have changed the business dynamic so much in the city. Good for business owners, shareholders. Not so for the general public when rents, prices drove up. It’s one of the huge factors when greedy landlords squeeze the most money out of their properties.

      You’re right about us and the Chinese. What are the difference? I think it’s like seeing ourselves in the mirror, just that what we see in the mirror is not what we believe it’s ourselves. The uncivilized us in the mirror.🙂

  2. Hard to know what to do with the future of Hong Kong. People will complain and protest and get mad at kids pissing, but mainlanders aren’t going anywhere. There’s the political reality, the economy. It’s unfortunate this synthesis is so bumpy. It will be interesting to wait and see what happens in 2047…

    Nice pictures.

    1. We are already seeing the government leaders and party councillors not leading Hong Kong in a prospective way as expected. It’s a sad fact that the leaders are still not pulling ourselves together to make our home more competitive. Thanks Ray.

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