Monthly Archives: November 2015


Lamborghini driver pulled over after transporting gigantic stuffed bear home to girlfriend

A driver in China was pulled over this week for strapping a gigantic stuffed bear onto his Lamborghini.

teddy on supercar

Photo: Weibo.

The man, who was stopped by Tan Qiao – a celebrity police officer in Chengdu, was apparently transporting the giant bear as a gift for his girlfriend.

bear car

Photo: Weibo.

The bear was poorly secured and blocked the rear window, thus catching the attention of police and resulting in a fine.

bear bonnet

Photo: Weibo.


Hong Kong’s cheapest mobile phones: top places to shop

Hong Kong is arguably the cheapest place in the world for new and used cell phones. Below is an unbiased guide to the four main options for bagging an affordable device in the city.

Sin Tat Plaza, Mong Kok

Many Hong Kongers head straight to Sin Tat Plaza on Argyle Street in Mong Kok. Walk straight along the road out of MTR exit D2 – it will appear on your left (no English signage). It was once notorious for rip-offs and fake models, but things have (mostly) been cleaned up in recent years, and – along with Sham Shui Po – it is a great place for second hand mobiles too.


HKFP History: A brief visual history of the Peak Tram

It has been over 126 years since the Peak Tram opened in Hong Kong though, technically, it is not even a tram but a cable-hauled funicular railway. Below is a brief, visual history of one of the city’s most iconic treasures.

peak tram

Photo: richardwonghk6 on Flickr

The son of Queen Victoria, Alfred, became the first royal visitor to make a ritual trip to The Peak in 1869. It was noted how His Highness expressed “surprise that the wealthy merchant princes of the colony had not yet availed themselves of the opportunity of the presence in the vicinity of their city of a position offering so bracing a climate, in the hottest time of the year.” 


In Pictures: Printed banners of flowers hide withered plants on roadside in China

Spring seemingly returned to Jilin Province this week.

china pollution

Photo: people.cn.

Printed banners of flowers were spotted on roads in Changchun on Monday.

China banner flowers

Photo: people.cn.

The printed plastic banners wrapped around road dividers hid “actual” withered plants.

china flowers banner

Photo: people.cn.

The scene is reminiscent of similar printed banners which appeared on the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront in 2013.

hong kong pollution

A tourist has her picture taken during a cloudy day in front of a billboard featuring photos of the city skyline with a clear sky in Hong Kong on August 30, 2013. Photo: AFP/Philippe Lopez

 


Clockenflap Hong Kong 2015: Line-up, festival map and schedule

The eighth Clockenflap event is set to take place at West Kowloon Cultural District between November 27 and 29. A$AP Rocky (US) and Leah Dou (HK) have been added to this year’s line up alongside The Libertines, Damien Rice, Flying Lotus, Earth, Wind & Fire Experience Ft. Al McKay, Blackalicious and Mr Scruff.

clockenflap 2015

New additions to the line-up include Neon Indian (US), Kiasmos (IS), The Cuban Brothers (UK), Sun Kil Moon (US), Crookers (IT), Sleep Party People (DN), Gengahr (UK), The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (US), Swervedriver (UK), YoungQueenz (HK), Bo Ningen (JP), Future Brown (US), Mamas Gun (UK), Yoyo Sham (HK) & Jannine Weigel (TH).


Video: All the 2015 District Election candidates in under 3 minutes

hkfp district elections banner ribbon

Activist David Webb presents all the district council election candidates in under three minutes flat.

“Equal time is given to each candidate, about 0.2 seconds, which is more time than most media give them,” Webb wrote on his website Webb-site.

 


In Pictures: The Hong Kong flags that never were

Architect Tao Ho

Architect Tao Ho.

Between May 1987 and March 1988, a competition was held amongst residents to select a new flag for post-colonial Hong Kong. The judging panel received 4,489 flag designs but Beijing rejected the six finalists.

Architect Tao Ho, who was on the judging panel, eventually chose a bauhinia flower to represent the city on its flag as he admired its symmetry and its winding pattern suggested dynamism. Adopted on April 4 1990, the flag was first hoisted during the July 1 Handover ceremony in 1997.

Below are some of the rejected entries submitted by citizens a decade before Handover.