An official mainland mission bound for France, but passing through Hong Kong, made certain that no one would misinterpret their reason for transit through the city this morning by donning sashes emblazoned with the words: “Hong Kong, I’m not shopping.”
The pictures quickly circulated on Hong Kong social media finding their way to the attention of Hong Kong Commercial Daily editor Xiao Chen who very reasonably responded, “This is not rational behavior; please don’t emulate this.”
Speaking of non-rational behavior, angry Hong Kong protestors have been quite active, vocal, and bloody as of late and should be totally stoked about this fashion development. Perhaps residents should start trying to market these trendy sashes at the border.
This year, the number of Chinese tourists visiting Hong Kong over the Chinese New Year fell for the first time in 20 years. Earlier this month, Chief Executive CY Leung announced that Hong Kong does not plan to expand its Individual Visit Scheme for mainland tourists.
by Alex Linder
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