The People of Wan Chai

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Wan Chai is my second choice for street photography mainly because of the distance from my home. It’s a huge district with more locals and not a whole lot of tourists around. There are street stalls, fresh markets, tram rail and of course nonetheless the interesting old faces.

All the attention goes to him.
All the attention goes to him.
Street Cheese Battle outside of a restaurant
Street Cheese Battle outside of a restaurant
Candy tasting in the hood.
Candy tasting in the hood.
The Real Estate man.
The Real Estate man.

There’s still more to explore in the district. I hope I visit there again during a day.

The Garden Street, Mong Kok fire inccident sparked the concern on safety over the legal moving street markets.

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The safety over the moving street markets had been a mind-bogging problem. At first it was the licensing issues, then there’s the illegally occupying public area issues, health & safety issue on the outdoor cooked food market, and finally the fire safety issue.

I’d been to the moving markets in Mong Kok and Sham Shui Po. They are packed, the paths to move along are really not that wide. It wouldn’t be a problem if it’s not at a populated area. This is just not the case. The areas are usually tourist attraction. When the tourists mix with the locals, the risks on any accident can grow exponentially.

Yesterday’s inccident in Mong Kok Garden Street left 9 dead and 34 injured. It happened early in the morning when everyone’s at their beds. Many of them died in the congested corridors. Today in a special news report, the host explain the fire dept recommending stay at where you are in case of fire (especially when the fire is away from your flat). Stay calm and call for help. Either escape or stay at where we are, became a new mentality
for me. History tells us, most people died in the corridors when escaping by inhaling too much smoke.

The investigation report says this accident is an arson case.