Video: Artist reinvents Hong Kong’s road warning lamps as friendly flashing figurines

Hong Kong artist Kila Cheung has been redesigning road warning lamps as human figurines for his newest project, Twinkle Twinkle Little Guys.

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He has placed dozens of them around the city’s streets.

kila cheung street art lamps

“There are many road warning lights in Hong Kong due to the large number of construction sites,” he told HKFP.

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“I found that the shape of the warning lights was similar to a person.”

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“About a month ago, I bought the first warning light home and started to draw. Then I [thought] of putting 30 of them on the street quite spontaneously.”

Video: ‘One Country, Two Systems’ lauded in new rap song by state news agency Xinhua

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s transfer of sovereignty, Chinese state media outlet Xinhua has produced a new track praising the city’s “One Country, Two Systems” policy of autonomy.

It follows Xinhua’s hip-hop video promoting President Xi Jinping’s “Four Comprehensives” political theory released last year, and communist party mouthpiece People’s Daily’s rap song on the “One Belt One Road” political-economic strategy released in May.

The first verse of the new track introduces “One Country, Two Systems.” The second praises joint mainland-Hong Kong initiatives such as the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge and the links between the stock exchanges of Hong Kong, Shanghai and Shenzhen.

In Pictures: Hong Kong tram ‘disguised’ as KMB bus in new cross-harbour discount promotion

Kowloon Motor Bus (KMB) and Hong Kong Tramways have launched a 6-month trial scheme to offer KMB-tram interchange discounts on designated cross-harbour routes.

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Photo: KMB/HK Tramways.

To promote the programme, a tram designed to resemble a KMB bus was launched on Monday, alongside a bus “disguised” as a green tram.

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Photo: KMB/HK Tramways.

Adult Octopus users crossing the harbour on KMB buses and linking up with trams can save HK$2.30. Children will save HK$$1.20.

The discounts are the equivalent of a single journey tram fare.

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Photo: KMB/HK Tramways.

It is the first time the two companies have cooperated.

Video: Reflections on Hong Kong architecture – another stunning tribute to the city from Visual Suspect

Hong Kong-based production company Visual Suspect has produced another stunning and original take on Hong Kong. Theory of Relativity uses no special effects – only stabilisation.

“Reflection in photography is one of the most inseparable tools of the creator, disrupting the reality to create his own world. We screen how these reflections work in video and, more interestingly, in motion,” Yiannis Biliris, of Visual Suspect told HKFP.

Check out their previous video Allegory of the Cave:

The Allegory of the Cave from Visual Suspect on Vimeo.

In Pictures: The adventures of Hong Kong’s least popular principal official – Education Sec. Eddie Ng

Secretary for Education Eddie Ng did not earn the nickname “tourism chief” for nothing. He has undertaken at least 60 work trips – costing over HK$3 million – over the past five years, which is three times as many overseas visits as his predecessor.

Ex-secretary for the civil service Wong Wing-ping calls Ng’s travel record “unprecedented.”

Ng, who was a human resources professional before joining the government five years ago, is not popular among Hong Kong’s teachers. He is also the second least popular senior official, after Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying.

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Oldest cabinet yet: Team behind Hong Kong’s next leader Carrie Lam has a total combined age of 999

Chief Executive-elect Carrie Lam appears to have been blessed with another magic number.

After being selected as Hong Kong’s leader with 777 votes in March, Lam announced her new cabinet on Wednesday. Whilst she boasted a “new style of governance,” it was difficult ignore that only one member of the cabinet was recruited from outside the government, and only one was a woman.

Their age is another notable issue. The 17 top officials, including Lam and the 16 secretaries, have a total combined age of 999 – the oldest cabinet yet.

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Carrie Lam. Photo: GovHK.

Woman lies on floor in protest during 11-hour delay on Hong Kong airlines flight

An 11-hour delay on a Hong Kong Airlines flight has led to complaints from passengers, with one woman even spreading herself on the floor in protest on Monday night.

Flight HX312 was supposed to carry 263 passengers from Hong Kong to Beijing at 3:35pm, but the plane remained on the tarmac. At around 4pm, the crew let passengers go back into the terminal and gave them HK$75 vouchers for food.

Travellers boarded the plane again at 8pm, but became frustrated as they waited.

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Photo: Provided to Apple Daily.

Massive Attack, Feist, MØ, Dandy Warhols, Matthew Dear, Bob Moses confirmed for Clockenflap Festival 2017

Hong Kong’s biggest music festival, Clockenflap, returns to Central Harbourfront for its 10th edition this year.

Acts announced on Tuesday include:

  • Bristol trip-hop legends Massive Attack
  • Canadian indie-rock chanteuse Feist
  • US indie veterans The Dandy Warhols
  • US DJ/producer Matthew Dear
  • Canadian duo Bob Moses
  • Manchester five-piece Blossoms
  • Danish electropop singer
  • Local acoustic act Per Se
  • World music mavericks Tinariwen
  • Hong Kong indie legends Fan Hung A 粉紅 A
  • Chinese rap group Higher Brothers 海爾兄弟
  • Taiwan alt-indie act Hello Nico
  • …and Hong Kong rock pop favourites Supper Moment

Video: Hong Kong taxi driver launches epic expletive-ridden diatribe against pedestrian

A taxi driver has been filmed launching a loquacious, expletive-ridden take-down of a pedestrian on the streets of Hong Kong.

taxi driver motherfucker!

“You’re walking in the road, it’s not [for] pedestrian,” the driver says. “If you punch my car, you’re illegal – it’s not right, it’s Hong Kong… this is criminal.”

It is unclear how the altercation escalated, though the driver concluded the interaction by showering the man with a string of obscenities and exclamations.

The video attracted over 2,500 “reactions” and over 650 “shares” on Facebook, as netizens marvelled at the driver’s mastery of English-language curse-words.