13 Hong Kong iconic strange / odd / funny images

As the title suggests, this is strange stuff, from hilarious signs to rather odd looking plants... Hong Kong is like most places, there is always something to see that will make you laugh or scratch your head and yes, a lot of the stuff here appeals to my somewhat evolved British sense of humour and no offence is intended.


 The most annoying rubber duck in the world.

The most annoying rubber duck in the world.

I am scratching my head on this one, this inflatable "rubber duck" has sent Hong Konger's crazy, huge crowds turn up every day to take a picture, I imagine it is probably the number 1 ranked image on Facebook / Instagram etc. 

It is in Hong Kong as an "art" exhibit, personally I dream of shooting it and watching it whizz around the harbour as it deflates.... oh, and you can probably see it from space! 

 I am not even going to go there on this one!

I am not even going to go there on this one!

I am still incredulous that the Government Department responsible for this embarrassing fiasco have still NOT changed the sign, despite emails from me and other concerned citizens.  Clearly the daft apeth in charge is very proud of his / her Latin skills which meant something 80 years ago but times have changed and a simple google search on that word will show them the error of their ways.

They really do need to update the colonial handbook (but they won't)

 It appears having hair helps pull the ladies.

It appears having hair helps pull the ladies.

Sex sells in any language. 

 Nice idea, wrong species.

Nice idea, wrong species.

There are actually people in this Government Department who actually sat around a table and came up with this daft idea. These latrine pits for man's best friend have sprung up in many places and I have yet to see a dog actually use one.

Thinking about it, if I was a dog owner I would not want my pet tramping around in a small pit full of poo from 25 other dog species. 

 The evil seahorse tree at the Nan Lian Garden

The evil seahorse tree at the Nan Lian Garden

At the simply wonderful Nan Lian Garden attached to the Chi Lin Nunnery in Diamond Hill you will come across this odd sign in front of an old tree and that is all that I am saying, if you are a future client I will be happy to give you both stories that explain the origins of this sign! sorry, everyone else. 

 Indeed.

Indeed.

Spotted in the toilet on board the slow ferry to Cheung Chau Island. 

 Indeed. part 2

Indeed. part 2

I am still scratching my head on this one, this was in a shopping mall. 

 Ice cream for dogs, whatever next.

Ice cream for dogs, whatever next.

The greatest density of dogs in Hong Kong is at the Peak and at Stanley on the south side of the island and this enterprising merchant offers gelato for dogs, me thinks a dog might like cookies and cream flavour rather than beef or cheese. Yuk.

 indeed. part 3

indeed. part 3

We have many street names that will make one snigger. 

 aimed at Starbucks I imagine

aimed at Starbucks I imagine

I admire the bravado of the owners of this "real" coffee house in Central District, the problem is that a pithy slogan will not make up for their own lousy location. I doubt Starbucks and Pacific Coffee are quaking in their boots. 

 darn those pesky monkeys

darn those pesky monkeys

The Ten Thousand Buddha Monastery in Shatin is also home to a large troop of nasty monkeys hence the warnings outside the toilets, I imagine one must be careful not to spank the monkey as well. (said with a straight face by the way) 

 A rather sophisticated venus ant trap?

A rather sophisticated venus ant trap?

As my 13 year old son pointed out, it looks like a you know what.... I was fascinated by this plant, I cannot work out whether the ants have been lured to their doom or they are feasting on the ant version of gelato. 

 disturbing, very disturbing

disturbing, very disturbing

This was spotted in Mirador Mansions in TST, Kowloon. This building is a slightly less dodgy version of the Chungking Mansions and you have to wonder why people would go to the toilet in the foyer. Yuk. 


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Posted on May 9, 2013 and filed under Iconic Hong Kong.