Financial Secretary, John Tsang said in his blog post (is that the only way the HKSAR government know how to communicate with the people?) that the new Kai Tak Cruise Terminal (a white elephant BIG time!) will bring about a lot of tourists and business to the surrounding area and the eateries in Kowloon City are very important in terms of attracting more tourists!
He said that Kowloon City should turn itself into a “Town of Delicacy” and should learn from Lan Kwai Fong’s success in promoting it as an attraction of Hong Kong.
The restaurants in Kowloon City are a great mix! You can enjoy Islam food, Thai cuisines, Hunan spicy meal, or anything you can think of, and end your feast with a uniquely Hong Kong desert – Chilled Mango Sago Cream with Pomelo, or if you dare durian pancake!
BUT what does John Tsang really mean? Did he mean knocking down all the old buildings (great for photos!) which were limited in height as our old airport was right in the middle of Kowloon City? Did he mean turning all these independent local eateries into chain restaurants where by characters will be completely lost and leave our Kowloon City with vibrant colour a soulless town just like Mong Kok, Tsim Sha Tsui and Causeway Bay where by you can find no restaurant but those chains that are not only soulless but charge you obscene amount of money with a tinny portion that barely fills a 5-year-old’s stomach?
I always love going to local independent eateries. The fun part is ordering your food! Watch the waiter scribbling down the names of the dishes in the most unusual calligraphic style (or shorthand) on a piece of paper which will be sent to the kitchen is just so very charming in its own way! In a chain? You order something, the waiter write down a bunch of meaningless numbers on the order form (or ask you to tick the boxes on the order form, as most chains do) and punch your order into the computer, and a soulless piece of paper gets ejected out from the machine…
You just can’t beat the human touch of these little shops and restaurants!
Another thing is, once chain restaurants started to open in Kowloon City, you are guaranteed to see chain cosmetic shops, chemists, chain jewelry shops, luxurious accessories shops crowding over. Little independent shops and restaurants will be forced out as these chains and international brands can pay rent that no one can afford. There is no doubt that in five years time Kowloon City will be just another Mong Kok, Tsim Sha Tsui and Causeway Bay. New statistic shows that there are MORE jewelry shop than convenient stores in Causeway Bay! That’s single-industry economy for you!
The HKSAR Government is working tirelessly to kill off all the non-China-focused services and businesses. Walk down the street in those tourists areas, nothing is meant for the people of Hong Kong nor any tourists in the world but Chinese “tourists”! At the moment, tourism contributes no more than 4% to our GDP, but by converting each and every inch of Hong Kong into “China Focused Service Zones”, Hong Kong will truly become complete and utterly reliant on China, especially the tourists from China. Then what’s going to happen? The so call “truth” nowadays (i.e. “If it wasn’t for China [to look after Hong Kong], Hong Kong would have been long dead”), will really be the truth!
The HKSAR government does not service the people of Hong Kong, they are appointed by China to serve China and the people of China. All policies favour and are meant to please China! You and I are no different in this particular context: we are the minority and are being discriminated by the HKSAR government – as long as you are not Chinese you are on the same boat with the Hong Kongers with yellow faces – Yup, by Chinese I mean those who’re from China (they never think that Hong Kongres are Chinese anyway, unless Chinese need Hong Kong for example when there’s a flood or earthquake).
Third line: Write your posts in Tibetan! Idiot!
Fourth line: Why use Chinese (language)? Speaking Chinese (language) and writing Chinese (language), (to) crticise China, you are a stupid XXXX!
BTW, please respect us Hong Kongers. Just like we won’t look at an American or Aussie and say “you were English too!”: Please Stop pointing at Hong Kongers and call them Chinese, it is an insult!
Over and Out!