Beating Petty Persons in Hong Kong

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI just love Hong Kong.  It is probably my favourite city in the world.  I once worked for a firm that had an office there, so was fortunate enough to spend quite a bit of time in Hong Kong.

My attraction for the city is because there is always something happening there.

“It is, to my mind, the quintessential oriental city.”

At once typically Chinese, but imbued with much western and contemporary influence.

During my time I have done most of the touristy stuff, and now much prefer to enjoy the local experience, and navigate to those areas that are not quite on the tourist map.

Fortunately, now it is quite easy for visitors who are unfamiliar with Hong Kong as you can take a sneak peek inside a part of Hong Kong that few get the chance to appreciate on this tour of some of the city’s more down-to-earth attractions.

“There is an accredited tour called “Different Taste of Hong Kong” which lasts for six hours and is an enjoyable eye opener to the true Hong Kong.”

By using public transport visitors can access an oft-undiscovered side of Hong Kong, experience the city through the eyes of its locals and learn how the city lives and breathes.

The tour begins with a ride on the commuter Star Ferry from Kowloon to Central on Hong Kong Island.  This is one of the world’s great ferry rides as Hong Kong Harbour is a very bustling and superb waterway.

Upon disembarkation you then wander on foot through the bazaar-filled narrow streets of Central, travel uphill on the world’s largest outdoor covered escalator, board the historic ‘Ding Ding’ tram and finally hit the water on a walla-walla, a type of water taxi.

You’ll also get a unique insight into feng shui with a tour of some of Hong Kong’s oldest public housing, the Wah Fu Estate, and experience an ancient ritual in the form of ‘petty person’ beating.

What is `petty person’ beating?  If you have a demanding boss, troublesome neighbour or annoying customer you can now give that petty person holding you back a good pasting without having to do time for assault.

It is a traditional ritual that some Hong Kong people, usually the older generation, practise during the second month of the lunar year.  The ritual is performed for blessing or exorcising purposes.

“It is believed that once performed, the ritual can change one’s luck and curse one’s enemies.”

In Causeway Bay, the flyover known as Ngo Keng Kiu passes over a three-way junction, making it the ideal feng shui spot for dispelling evil. It is here that Hong Kong’s ‘professional beaters’ gather. They are not thugs, merely old ladies.

Justice comes easily, merely tell one of the ladies who the person holding you back is and she’ll light some incense, make cut-outs of a paper tiger and  beat the ‘petty person’ out of your life with her shoe.

The resolution of petty disputes just doesn’t come easier.

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