We heard that there was a giant inflatable rubber duck in Victoria Harbour, so we decided to take another trip on TST on a much sunnier day.
But, first thing’s first, LUNCH.
As if we could say no as we walked passed this…
Paisano’s is a family owned Pizzeria that originated in New York.
They specialize in massive slices of mouth-watering pizza at reasonable prices!
Ryan went for the Manhattan Special, while I went for the Godfather (essentially a meat-feast). SO SO GOOD.
We need a close up…
Leaving with happy tummies, we headed down to the waterfront 🙂
Rucksacks are day- trip essentials. Ry’s is an old girl’s bag that he whacked some denim over to cover the Saltrock Chick logo, while mine is from Topshop. I spent years looking for the perfect brown leather rucksack and this is probably one of the best things I’ve ever bought! 😀
Anyway, back to the main topic of this post…unfortunately, we arrived at the scene to find that the duck had been deflated to get repaired. However we probably couldn’t have taken a decent picture anyway as there were so many tourists around, just to watch the duck get fixed underwater!
However this is how it looked in its glory days:
Here’s a little background information:
– The 54ft inflatable duck was designed by Dutch artist, Florentijn Hofman.
– It is a work of art that represents peace, unity and was designed to spread joy:
“It doesn’t discriminate people and doesn’t have a political connotation. The friendly, floating Rubber Duck has healing properties. The rubber duck is soft, friendly and suitable for all ages!”
– The duck has visited 13 cities in 9 different countries since 2007, including Amsterdam, Osaka, São Paulo and Sydney.
– Since its arrival in May, the duck has drawn thousands of tourists to the area, temporarily boosting the local economy. Local business owners capitalized on the duck, from special duck-themed menus and souvenirs to hotels advertising rooms with great views of the duck.
Even the florists got involved!
However the duck was caught up in mainland politics on June 4th, in the run-up to the 24th anniversary of the Tienanmen suppression of pro-democracy activists by the army.
Internet searches for “yellow duck” were banned on the mainland, after users circulated a mocked-up image of a famous 1989 photo, with tanks replaced by plastic ducks.
The duck left Hong Kong on the June 9th for Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Having explored TST, we decided to pop over to Central via ferry…
To be continued…