The Giant Rubber Duck

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.

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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.

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We need a close up…

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Leaving with happy tummies, we headed down to the waterfront 🙂

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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:

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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!

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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.

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The duck left Hong Kong on the June 9th for Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Having explored TST, we decided to pop over to Central via ferry…

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To be continued…

xxx

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