🌊Jumbo rides into the waves
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On Today’s Tide
Culture & Society |
Jumbo sails away, over the sea, past Ocean Park
The Wanch reopens
COVID | Vax pass stage 3 live - get your 3rd jab
John Lee comes home: new electoral system to stay for a long time
Behind the paywall:
Legco to debate patriotic education
Brain drain plagues schools
More politics |
Former HK Liaison office chief promoted to CPPCC
Carrie Lam dodges Tiananmen questions
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Goodbye Jumbo, for real this time
Landmark floating restaurant, Jumbo, which has been in Aberdeen for over 40 years will soon not only be docked, but docked out of Hong Kong according to Melco international, who owns the boat.
The restaurant closed in 2020 when the pandemic first began. Although Melco at the time said it was only a hiatus, the uniquely designed carpark by the pier had been demolished without notice. This led to many preservationists, politicians and media (including me - it was actually my first major HT project ~ Refresh your context) making noise, trying to stop the demolition.
Eventually, after much discussion, a deal was made where Ocean Park would take control of Jumbo as part of the Invigorating Island South Programme. However, over the past two years, Ocean Park has also … not done great … and they’ve been unable to find a third party to run Jumbo due to high maintenance costs.
When asked about whether the government would intervene, CE Carrie Lam said the government will not intervene - ‘just because I said I’d help in my in my policy address doesn’t mean I actually need to do it !’
Jumbo will be sailing out of HK waters next month as there are no dry docks big enough to house it, and maintenance offshore is too expensive. Melco hopes that in the future, a new tenant might be able to revive the boat, but for the time being it’ll be out of town…and may not come home.
But some good news
The Wanch, also shuttered for COVID, has officially reopened its doors for the public. Aside from bringing back a much beloved music venue, the new Wanch also has a brilliant kitchen and a few venue-only craft beers (seriously, I was there for previews yesterday, and the food is gorgeous).
See thread for pics~
COVID-19 in Hong Kong
New cases: 294
Total cases: 1,212,699
New deaths: 0
Total deaths: 9,378
Vax pass stage 3 live!
As of yesterday, everyone needs to have their 3rd shot before going…anywhere. I got mine 2 weeks ago and was out of commission all Wednesday. It hurts and I did not enjoy it.
The FEHD says they will be carrying out stricter checks over the next few weeks to make sure restaurant operators are following the new rules.
If you’ve not had your 3rd jab, book here (so you can go for lunch)
John Lee comes home
Upcoming CE John Lee returned to Hong Kong yesterday morning after a four day visit to Beijing where he met with high ranking Chinese officials. During the meeting, President Xi and Premier Li both reinforced the Mainland’s support for HK’s new electoral system, the NSL and HK’s further economic development under One Country, Two Systems.
When he arrived back in HK, he told the press that the electoral system “should be maintained for a long period of time” because it has “taken consideration of the actual situation of Hong Kong, and satisfies the development needs of Hong Kong”.
Lee also discussed what HK needs to do before re-opening the border with the Mainland (control COVID).
Later in the day, Lee had a meeting with head of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, Xia Baolong about his picks for the new government cabinet. Details are currently not privy to the public.
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