With the beginning of Golden Week, thousands of tourists from both sides of the strait have begun rushing into Hong Kong and finding a somewhat different city than the bustling, shopping mecca of years past.
A video from Channel NewsAsia records the first impressions of visitors to the protests. Unsurprisingly, their level of amazement shifts depending on “which China” they arrived from.
“I have to say I’ve never seen this before,” says one wide-eyed mainland tourist. “On the mainland, we can’t behave like this.”
Meanwhile, it’s not clear if one super chill guy visiting from Taiwan has noticed the throngs of protestors camping out on the street. “We see it all the time, it’s no big deal.”
Check out the video below:
According to Channel News Asia, 920,000 mainland tourists visited Hong Kong last year during the Golden Week holiday. But one of the sources they talked to believes that number will be cut in half this year.
That means that Hong Kong citizens have finally found a successful way to keep mainlanders out – large-scale peaceful protests for the democratic process.
by Alex Linder
[Video via Channel NewsAsia]