Hong Kong’s Handover 20th Anniversary celebrations officially begin with surrealist performance art on a scale worthy of Bulgarian installation artist Christo.
I’m not thinking of activists draping a black shroud over the tacky Golden Bauhinia…
For genuine extreme breathtaking audacity-weirdness, it’s hard to beat mysterious Mainland mega-conglomerate HNA. The founder-boss of the sprawling airlines-to-anything-you-can-think-of empire is now claiming that the group paid other-worldly sums to acquire land at Hong Kong’s Kai Tak in order to bust the local evil property cartel and provide at-cost housing to its own employees.
To add to the hallucinatory feel of it all, the South China Morning Post reports this with a straight face. As if what may or may not be a giant front for Chinese elites’ capital flight/money laundering – which may or may not be ballooning on the back of a nightmarish Mainland ‘wealth-management-products’ Ponzi scheme – is suddenly besotted with fixing Hong Kong’s housing mess, and it’s perfectly normal.
It’s going to be one of those weeks.