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Showing posts with label Hong Kong. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Hong Kong. Show all posts

Monday, April 8, 2019

A Cantonese Opera in Hong Kong About Donald Trump

About a month and a half ago in Hong Kong, as I left the Yau Ma Tei metro station I noticed an advertisement for the new Cantonese opera "Trump On Show".

Trump On Show advertisement


Yes, this really exists:
Start with a performer playing President Trump. Then bring in a long-lost brother who was raised in China.

Throw in castmates portraying a ping-pong-loving Mao Zedong, a deal-seeking Kim Jong Un, Ivanka Trump and Mao’s power-hungry fourth wife.

They are singing. Opera. In Cantonese.

And, well, it’s complicated.
For more about those complications, read Mary Hui's piece about the Trumpian opera in The Washington Post, which includes some perspectives from the opera's creator, Li Kui-ming:
Li also studied the president’s quirks and habits — his penchant for fast food and television-watching habits — to develop Trump’s character.

Li, however, was struck by similarities between Mao and Trump.

“What they share in common is they both started a cultural revolution,” Li said.
Oh boy.

Trump wasn't the only Republican U.S. politician that I recently noticed in Hong Kong. Admittedly, it was a bit confounding to turn around at a bus stop in Kowloon Bay and think "Is that really Dick Cheney?".

Vice movie poster ad in Hong Kong


I don't expect to attend any "Trump on Show" performances, which opens April 12, or have anything worth saying about the movie "Vice". So this post is probably all you'll find about them here. I will update if I see any indications of a Hong Kong musical about George W. Bush though.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

An Apparent Mismatch for a Name: Mini Jumbo Wuzhou Buses in Guangxi, China

Hong Kong formally names its minibuses, like the one which appeared in the previous post, "public light buses". Wuzhou, a city in the Chinese autonomous region Guangxi, also has minibuses. But instead of "public light bus" they have another name on them.

mini Jumbo Wuzhou Bus (梧州珍宝巴士)


The "Wuzhou" and "Bus" parts of the name "Jumbo Wuzhou Bus" make obvious sense. "Jumbo" is less clear, though, since these are minibuses. If that is the jumbo size then what's the mini size?

A larger bus can help begin to clear up the mystery.

full-sized Jumbo Wuzhou Bus


They have the same name on them, which is the name of a bus company. This is clearly stated in smaller Chinese print elsewhere on the buses.

Jumbo Wuzhou Bus logo


Like buses in Hong Kong, some buses have advertising.

full-sized Jumbo Wuzhou Bus with advertising


However, you won't see advertising quite like what's on the minibus in the previous post. Hongkongers have greater political rights and more freedom of speech than people in mainland China. The "Tell Right From Wrong, True From False" slogan was part of a campaign for the Labor Party's attempt to win a 2018 Kowloon West by-election. But China still limits Hongkongers' rights to a degree that leads some people to claim Hong Kong doesn't have real democracy. These limitations were evident in Kowloon West election when the Labor Party's original candidate, Lau Siu-lai, was barred from running due to her previous stances regarding Hong Kong's self-determination.

Back to more mundane matters . . . in Wuzhou there are buses in between the mini Jumbo Wuzhou Bus and the regular-sized Jumbo Wuzhou Bus in terms of size. So here are two mini-plus Jumbo Wuzhou Buses:

two mid-sized Jumbo Wuzhou Buses


The word "珍宝" in the Chinese name for Jumbo Wuzhou Bus would often be translated as "treasure". But it is also a loanword in Cantonese meaning "jumbo" because of its similar sound to the English word. Like in Hong Kong, Cantonese is a commonly spoken language in Wuzhou.

I can't shed more light on what inspired the choice of "jumbo". But if you want to dig more, it might be worth looking into the Guangzhou buses with a similar name and logo.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Trump's Tweets in the Hong Kong News

Tonight on the news as I waited for a ferry tonight in Hong Kong:


Donald Trump on the news in Hong Kong


A tweet by Donald Trump featured in the news in Hong Kong


A tweet by Donald Trump featured in the news in Hong Kong


China and US flags displayed on a news segment about the China - US trade discussions


Just a basic point that is part of a larger picture: Trump's tweets receive close attention, even here.

Friday, February 22, 2019

An Unexpected Visit to the Sunshine Kowloon Bay Cargo Centre in Hong Kong

I hadn't expected to arrive in Prince Edwards, Hong Kong, at 11:30 a.m. yesterday.

Oh, the location was expected. But the time was not since I had departed Jiangmen only 3.5 hours before, and a similar recent trip from a closer location, Zhongshan, had taken longer. Arriving earlier than expected was grand though.

I had expected to stop by the Mongkok Computer Centre yesterday afternoon. I had also expected during this visit I wouldn't be able to fully resolve the problem which had brought me there. But I hadn't expected that after some assistance, I would head to Kowloon Bay.

And I hadn't expected that yesterday I would find myself at the Sunshine Kowloon Bay Cargo Centre.

Sign for the Sunshine Kowloon Bay Cargo Centre


Some readers must be wondering if the Sunshine Kowloon Bay Cargo Centre is a fine building. It is.

Sunshine Kowloon Bay Cargo Centre in Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong


After entering the building, I hadn't expected that finding a way to the upper levels would be slightly tricky. Here is a later photo I took which which I believe captures somebody receiving friendly assistance to reach those levels:

ground floor of the Sunshine Kowloon Bay Cargo Centre


After finding the elevator and exiting it on the 2nd floor (what would be labeled the 3rd floor in the U.S.), I hadn't expected to see no signs of my intended destination. So I picked a direction and found myself in a distribution centre for Circle K, a convenience store chain.

Circle K distribution centre in the Sunshine Kowloon Bay Cargo Centre


Soon a person who hadn't expected me to be in the Circle K distribution centre explained (hollered) that I shouldn't be there. Then an older man who presumably wasn't surprised to see yet another person in the wrong place immediately guessed my intended destination and directed me there.

Thank you, sir.

Shortly after that, I found my destination.

Vcare location in the Sunshine Kowloon Bay Cargo Centre


When I left Hong Kong during the Lunar New Year holiday I hadn't expected to return so soon. I also hadn't expected that I would have significant problems with an external hard drive I had bought there. I had expected that having discarded the box would make resolving the problem more challenging. It did, but I hadn't expected that things would go as smoothly as they did nonetheless.

In short, the external hard drive I had bought has been replaced. As soon as I feel reasonably confident all is OK with it, I will be heading out of Hong Kong once more. While I wish the drive I had bought before had lived a long life, at least the experience of replacing it afforded opportunities to open my eyes to new things.

More about some of those things and also the new travel options in and out of Hong Kong someday.

I expect.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

40 Photos Taken With a New Camera and Lens in Hong Kong

I had not originally planned to spend time in Hong Kong so early this year, but an urgent need for a new camera and lens changed things. Both in terms of options and prices, purchasing a camera in Hong Kong was a far better option than doing so in mainland China, especially given what I was seeking and that I was relatively close to Hong Kong. My previous camera and lens had both been in far-from-ideal states for some time. Although I found workarounds for some problems such as malfunctioning dials, dust buried deep in the sensor, and problematic autofocusing, their state certainly had affected how and what I photographed for a period of time. So there was some good that matters had reached a state where I was forced to upgrade (repairs weren't sensible given what they would cost).

I only stayed in Hong Kong long enough to purchase the camera & lens and to feel reasonably confident all was well with them. So below are 40 photos presented in the order they were taken with the theme "photos I took while testing my new camera and lens for a few days in Hong Kong", although I hope in the process to share yet a little more about Hong Kong. I won't get into technical details, but I'll share that all of the photos are unaltered "as is" from the jpeg files the camera produced, except reduced in size.

Scenes and locations were motivated by a variety of factors, including simply testing the camera under certain conditions and other pragmatic matters. I would have set the camera differently if I took some of these photos now or if I had known all of those pigeons were going to suddenly take off in my direction. I covered far fewer locations than typical for a Hong Kong stay. Still, I managed to capture scenes in areas such as Wan Chai, Causeway Bay, Central, Tsim Sha Tsui, Mong Kok, and Kowloon City.

Anyway, the photos are what they are. And of course, more will come.


Red lanterns at Lee Tung Avenue
Red lanterns at Lee Tung Avenue


Photographic moment at Lee Tung Avenue
Photographic moment at Lee Tung Avenue


birds at Kwan Kee Birds & Small Animals
Birds at . . .


Kwan Kee Birds & Small Animals
Kwan Kee Birds & Small Animals


Tram and Five Guys in Hong Kong
Tram and Five Guys


Vendor in Wan Chai
Vendor in Wan Chai


Arsenal Street tram stop on Hennessy Road
Arsenal Street tram stop on Hennessy Road


Playing in the fountain at Hong Kong Park
Playing in the fountain at Hong Kong Park


Children playing with sand scoopers at Hong Kong Park
Playing in the sand at Hong Kong Park


Little girl running at the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Garden
Running at the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Garden


De Brazza's monkeys at the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Garden
De Brazza's monkey spotting a human at the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Garden


Below the Glenealy Flyover in Hong Kong
Below the Glenealy Flyover


The Glenealy Flyover in Hong Kong
The Glenealy Flyover


Above the Glenealy Flyover
Above the Glenealy Flyover (and a change of light)


Looking up at night from the parade ground at Tai Kwun
Looking up from the parade ground at Tai Kwun


A local Young Master IPA at HK Brew Craft
A local Young Master IPA at HK Brew Craft


Fruit loops cones at Emack & Bolio's in Hong Kong
Fruit loops cones at Emack & Bolio's


Topman and Topshop in Hong Kong
Topman and Topshop


The Lunar Fantasy with Ancient Auspicious Animals at Times Square
The Lunar Fantasy with Ancient Auspicious Animals at Times Square


In a sea of flowers at the Lunar Fantasy with Ancient Auspicious Animals
Sea of flowers at the Lunar Fantasy with Ancient Auspicious Animals


Advertising in front of Times Square
Advertising in front of Times Square


Multistory escalator in Hysan Place
Multistory escalator in Hysan Place


View of Ma Tau Wai Road from the upper level of a Hong Kong double-decker bus
View of Ma Tau Wai Road from the upper level of a Hong Kong double-decker bus


Herbal tea stand in Kowloon City
Herbal tea stand in Kowloon City


Art at the Cattle Depot Artist Village
Art at the Cattle Depot Artist Village


Ma Tau Kok Road
Ma Tau Kok Road


policeman walking on a footbridge in Mong Kok
Footbridge on a Sunday in Mong Kok


Fish for sale at the Fa Yuen Street Market
Fish for sale at the Fa Yuen Street Market


Junk boat in Victoria Harbour
Junk in Victoria Harbour


Lunar New Year pig head sculpture lighted up at night at Harbour City
Lunar New Year pig sculpture at Harbour City


Photographing the Symphony of Lights from a Star Ferry boat
Photographing the Symphony of Lights from a Star Ferry boat


people walking in a pedestrian subway in Tsim Sha Tsui
Pedestrian subway in Tsim Sha Tsui


Looking down at the ground floor of the Chungking Mansions
Looking down at the ground floor of the Chungking Mansions


Top of the The Masterpiece skyscraper seen through the Victoria Dockside
Top of the The Masterpiece skyscraper seen through the Victoria Dockside


Family being photographed with a sculpture of the pig cartoon character McDull at the Avenue of the Stars
Photographic opportunity with the pig cartoon character McDull at the Avenue of the Stars


Pigeons taking flight at Kowloon Park
Pigeons taking flight at Kowloon Park


Sculpture of Miss 13 Dots at the Hong Kong Avenue of Comic Stars
Miss 13 Dots at the Hong Kong Avenue of Comic Stars


Looking down at a multistory escalator in Langham Place
Looking down at a multistory escalator in Langham Place


Fa Yuen Market at night
Fa Yuen Market


Public Light Bus and crowd in Mong Kok
Minibus and crowd in Mong Kok