Trying to Kill the Goose That Laid the Golden Egg
In a, hard to believe, sensible decision, the Hong Kong Government agreed to allow the Wanchai Street Market to continue operating, although in a reduced form, and to pay compensation to those stallholders who do not choose to move to the new cement palace being built to house the Wanchai wet market and shops. Yesterday, the Government had announced that it was going to force all the stall holders to move into the cement palace. That decision created fast and furious protests.
As I pointed out in a previous semi-rant, “Noodling Over Noodles,” the government does not seem to realize that many tourists come here to see a piece of China and to experience things they can’t experience at home and not just to shop in air-conditioned malls. Maybe the bureaucrats and developers are finally getting the message.