|The giant Rubber Duck hanging out in Victoria Harbour delighting fans|
Even a shopping mall -- Harbour City to be exact -- came up with an even better piece of inflatable art -- Dutch conceptual artist Florentijn Hofman's giant Rubber Duck.
This bird beat a bunch of poo hands down.
|Taking pictures with smaller ducks nearby|
The big yellow duck bobbing in front of Harbour City in Tsim Sha Tsui has been an endless source of entertainment for Hong Kong people in the past month. First there was lots of anticipation about the 16.5-metre tall inflated duck's arrival and then when it did come, pulled by a tugboat from Tsing Yi, the toy duck was headline news. People even took time off work to see it.
Really? It's just a duck.
Finally over a week ago it was back in action and delighting crowds again.
|A shot of the duck at Harbour City from the Star Ferry|
Young and old -- mostly young people were eager to have pictures with the duck on their phones and cameras, while the babies of enthusiastic parents didn't seem to have much interest in the giant inflatable duck.
I finally managed to get close to the duck and it does look better far away because it has "wrinkles" near its beak, wings and tail. Nevertheless, seeing it one can't help but smile because it seems to be smiling too.
Many locals believe the duck has been such a hit because of all the scandals plaguing the city at the moment, like the former ICAC chief caught with overspending for entertaining mainland officials, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's administration passively standing by as housing prices continue to rise, mainlanders continuing to display their worst tourist behaviour, and rising store rents closing decades-old family-run businesses.
|The duck looks like it's smiling, no?|