BE­HIND THE SCENES

Lonely Planet (UK) - - Hong Kong Two Ways -

While photographer Adrienne and I were walk­ing through the Wan Chai dis­trict be­tween stops, we stum­bled across a hand­ful of stalls un­der a fly­over ad­ver­tis­ing ‘vil­lain hit­ting’. This was our first in­tro­duc­tion to the cu­ri­ous cus­tom where, for the price of £5, a folk sor­cerer will curse your cho­sen ‘vil­lain’ by hit­ting a pho­to­graph of them with a shoe and then set­ting it on fire. We learned that the prac­tice has be­com­ing in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar with those dis­il­lu­sioned with Hong Kong’s rul­ing pow­ers, so later in the week I re­turned with a pho­to­graph of a political vil­lain of my own. The re­sult of the sor­cery on Bri­tish pol­i­tics is, I think, ev­i­dent for all to see. Kevin EG Perry

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