Friday, 29 June 2012

An Outpouring of What's to Come

We are having the perfect storm in Hong Kong now, just in time to mark the 15th anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong to China.

In about an hour the tropical cyclone warning will go to T8, but that will be around 11:30pm when most people are at home anyway.

Nevertheless, it coincides with Chinese President Hu Jintao's visit who arrived today for the festivities.

We haven't seen him, but a massive police presence -- everywhere.

Just like when Vice Premier Li Keqiang was in town, the men in blue with florescent yellow vests are out on the streets every few metres from each other as if a crowd of people are going to suddenly swarm them.

Wonder if they are still standing outside now as the gusts are getting stronger and rain is coming down?

In any event we hope the typhoon which is projected to pass closer to Macau than Hong Kong will quickly make its way onto the mainland so that Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's last day in office can be a relatively smooth one.

The last thing he needs is a natural disaster on his way out.

Meanwhile the incoming rains remind us of the heavy downpour 15 years ago. Prince Charles had to shout to be heard because of the the thunderous rain and he stoically stood drenched in his uniform as the British flag came down for the last time.

And now we have Tsang leaving with his tail between his legs while incoming Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying also has his tail between his legs even before he's sworn into office.

Fifteen years. What comes around, goes around.


  1. If it's still typhoon signal 8 (or worse), I wonder how this "heavenly signal" will be "read": i.e., are the heavens on the side of CY Leung and trying to decrease the number of participants for the July 1 march -- or will the storm clouds and rain mean that CY Leung's tenure will be a stormy one in which he might well get rained on on his particular parade?