The dodgy Chinese Medicine Stores on Nathan Road, the old & valuable trees that keep dying and the iconic Hong Kong toilet brush
Like many Hong Kongers I give to Charity all the time, you cannot escape Charity collectors on a Saturday, they are everywhere.... what annoys me are the weekday collectors in wheelchairs, they hunt in packs and like many people if I see them I find a way to avoid them.. they are in your face and unlike the Saturday collectors they do not give you a sticker so you give money to one and then another one comes in from the kill and protestations that you have already dipped into your pocket fall on deaf ears, very annoying.
These brightly lit stores selling all manner of Chinese Medicine have popped up all along Nathan Road in Kowloon... not to be confused with the long established stores in Western District on the Island, these stores aim fairly and squarely at the gullible Mainland Chinese Tourists and they sell everything from water, tissues and baby formula to deer antlers, dried fish and fish oil.
Like the dodgy camera stores the chaps that sell look like gangsters and can be very intimidating.
The Leisure and Cultural Services Department are in charge of our famous Banyan Trees and frankly they do not cover themselves in glory, over the past year many of these famous trees on Nathan Road in Kowloon have simply died of neglect and every now and then they fall over injuring and killing people. Muppets.
I have to say that I would only ever buy one if they came with a holder.....
The Emperor Group has been around since the early 1940's, I have to say that their TV adverts on Cable TV are daft, focusing on a woman in a leather catsuit outbidding a muppet wearing some huge diamonds (and he is a bloke) and dashing off flashing her impossibly large diamonds.. very James Bondish and it certainly does not inspire me to drop US$300,000 on a diamond ring.
Whilst they are pretty well established in Jewellery and Watches, their Property Division is responsible for "The Pulse" a huge white elephant at Repulse Bay, this is a large shopping mall that hasn't attracted a single tenant since it was completed about 4 years ago... you have to be really stupid to lose money in the retail property market here.
Home to the Ladies Market, the impossibly crowded streets of Mong Kok are well worth a visit
Mirador Mansions on Nathan Road opposite I Square Mall is an ever so slightly up market version of the Chungking Mansions which is on the next block... in other words it is full of dodgy guesthouses, dodgy shops, dodgy characters and dodgy wiring and I would never eat in there!
An increasingly common sight on the streets of Hong Kong and I have to say that most people ignore elderly people like this, I also have to say that one of the huge failings of our Government is the treatment of the elderly here, it is downright shocking they simply do not want the financial responsibility of looking after the poor elderly people in Hong Kong.