Walking in an Umbrella Revolution, Hong Kong, China
8th of November 2014
Walking in the tent city of the Umbrella Revolution. Definite goose bump material.
- Location: Admiralty, Hong Kong, China
- Start or End: Many public transport options, most obvious being Admiralty Train Station. I started at Hong Kong Park and finished at Admiralty Train Station.
- Length: 1.4km (0.9mi)
- Grade: Easy. Flat, paved with some stairs.
The second leg of my first day metrotrekking around Hong Kong starts at the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware located in Hong Kong Park (click here to see my first leg through Hong Kong Park). The rain has finally subsided and I have had enough of tea paraphernalia. Time for something a little more exciting. Something like the Umbrella Revolution taking place on Connaught Road outside the Central Government Complex. I have a feeling that a historic event which has made headlines all around the world is going to be a bit more exciting than teapots. There were some very interesting teapots though.
From Hong Kong Park I head back to Admiralty subway station and exit at the pedestrian overpass which connects the station to the Central Government Complex. What I witness from the pedestrian overpass is amazing. Definite goose bump material.
I personally know nothing about Hong Kong politics, Chinese politics and the Umbrella Revolution, and I intend to make no comment on either side. But it is a privilege to see firsthand a part of Hong Kong history in the making. Definitely a memorable experience and luckily for me peaceful.
It is hard to describe what I see, so I will just let the camera do the talking.
At first I was a little apprehensive about getting too close to the protest so I observed from the heights of the pedestrian bridges. But then I got the courage to venture deep into the tent city.
Actually, the view is better from above.
For a protest I was surprised how few people were around. Are they all hiding in their tents plotting? There seemed to be more people visiting the protest than actually involved. I guess the protesters have to live their normal lives as well. Maybe they take shifts manning the fort?
This was a once in a life time walk that unfortunately you the reader will probably never be able to experience. I doubt the Umbrella Revolution campsite will last forever so please don't retrace my footsteps through the middle of a busy Connaught Road. What an incredible experience and much more interesting than teapots.
I think that is enough of Hong Kong Island for today. Time to head back to my hotel in Yau Ma Tei, recharge the batteries (both my own, the phones and the cameras) and prepare for a night walk around Mong Kok, the busiest and most densely populated place on Earth.
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