February 08, 2020

Hong Kong's Merry Weary Christmas in 2019

hong kong central christmas

I spent 2019 Christmas in Hong Kong. There weren’t specific reasons or objectives. I just wanted to be there and see what it was like now.

In November, some universities and disarmed citizens were attacked by the infamous HK police in the city, full of fired tear gas. I’d hardly booked the airplane tickets to Hong Kong when the situation drastically got worse. I was following the news for a while and ended up deciding to visit it. I always thought about Hong Kong while travelling in Bangkok, I really like the city.

The Asian leading financial center looked gloomy to me on arrival on December 24. My first impression of Hong kong had been amazing in the trip in 2018 except for the high price of hotels- limitlessly energetic and chaos. But it seemed stagnated and tired now.

Stations closed at earlier times, with more than half of ticket machines out of operation. Few people stayed in the city after 9 p.m.. There were broken pavements, scribbles and posters about protests, and blood stain at times especially in Kowloon peninsula.

Although it may have been just my imagination, I felt that people had gloomy and tired face on a train or in the city. But I’m sure that Tokyo people are much more gloomy.

The most impressive thing was Hong Kong police patrolling all over the city. I was shocked to find them equipped elaborately with mask, helmet and sield. They attacked citizens in shopping malls and around the hotel Peninsula even in the christmas eve!

Christmas scenes

In spite of such tentions, there were not a few ornaments and events to celebrate Christmas. I was relieved to see people enjoy Christmas without serious crisis.

merry christmas hong kong
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Red ship and Santa claus
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Happy wedding at 1881 Heritage
Happy wedding at 1881 Heritage
Mr Simms Old Sweet Shoppe, hong kong central
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The Coffee Academics cafes are working-friendly.
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Shopping mall near the Central. So cute!!!
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City view: Day

Central

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The man is drawing a picture. I really like this photo.
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Seen everywhere in Hong Kong
Cute building at Wan Chai
Cute building at Wan Chai
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Mid-levels escalator stopped
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On the hill
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feather and bone in hong kong central
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Jordan, Tsim sha tsui

Famous Chungking mansions, many curry restaurants inside
Famous Chungking mansions, many curry restaurants inside
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Not open today!
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Dessert shop

From the hotel

The hotel I stayed in was located at the below old building, which has many hotels and offices. I really like seeing such old and charming buildings unless I live there.
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so cool spaghetti

City view: Night

Sheung wan

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different size, different color toilet cover??
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Temple Street, Jordan

Night market is held here every night.
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Central Downtown

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I hope for the future of Hong Kong.