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Archive for October 1st, 2009

The celebratory fireworks extravaganza were but a not too distant rumble from our lofty perch in Causeway Bay.
Dim flashes of light in the night sky were the only evidence for us of the 20 minute spectacle….apart from the shroud of smoke which enveloped us for a good 40 minutes afterwards. Supposedly the show cost 400,000 USD…

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It’s a national holiday today all over the People’s Republic. So that includes us here in Hong Kong.
There’s a lot of plastic flag waving of the nice red flags of Hong Kong and China.

We stumbled upon a parade of said flag waving in Causeway Bay on Tuesday.

Our own glorious chairman of Honkers, Donald Tsang, has organised a calendar of celebratory events so we can raise a glass to China and the “remarkable success in its development”
The closest one to us is the carnival in Victoria Park. We won’t be going. We went to a similar one last year and it turned out to be a couple of dozen stalls selling bags of household cleaning products in frenetic auction style affairs.

So what’s the reasons for celebrating?

It’s a lot of sweeping under the carpet of Mao’s policies and political purges from 1949-1975 and a lot more lauding of the current economic and technological state of China today. China has the third largest GDP in the world  and is also the world’s third largest trading power. So to be fair it’s a good reason to celebrate. Although if you look at the per capita income you may pause for a moment to ponder what the hell is going on..

Anyway, I’m thinking China has a lot more growing up to do over the next 60 years and will face a lot of tough questions, not at least about the environmental calamities that are a result of its massive industry growth. Although recently plans are afoot to reduce emissions by 10% by 2010. Yipee!

Happy Anniversary China.

Kramer

from https://bonkersinhonkers.wordpress.com

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