“Hong Kong is so hot!” said a random tourist who was wandering the Victoria Harbour coastline near Tsim Sha Tsui pier.
He’s surely not the only one who says this. Everyone in Hong Kong, including locals, expats and tourists, all think the same. The hot and humid weather means extra stickiness and uncomfortableness to the already crowded environment. When everyone is sweating all over the back while you need to fight your way through the overwhelming crowds to get out of a MTR station, you go crazy.
Of course, if you live in Hong Kong and are sick of the weather in summer, you can always go for a weekend gateaway, flying to other countries around for a nice and less humid weekend.
This kalways eeps me wondering, if this hot and humid weather didn’t exist, what would happen? Here are my thoughts:
1. You wouldn’t see schoolkids, office-working people and housewives going to stores and shopping malls for 2 minutes just to enjoy the air conditioners. These people aren’t there to shop anyway. The stores and shopping malls would see less traffic, but also less electricity bills.
2. People living in Hong Kong would not need to carry a mini-fan, deodorant, towels and shavers with them in the bag every day. The sales of those products would drop.
3. You would not see news about taxi or mini-bus drivers suffering heat stroke falling unconscious when he/she idles the engine waiting inside the car for new customers to get in. Hong Kong people have one less topic to discuss about during their lunch break.
4. Hong Kong women’s fashion would be less prone to wearing thinner fabric like sheer, mesh or see-through dress to feel more breezy. You would see less scenes of wind flowing up a girl’s chiffon skirt in the mid summer time at a park on the beautiful afternoon. This means less eye-candies for guys.
5. Less Chinese tourists would carry an umbrella (instead of wearing sunglasses, some of them do both actually) lining up outside designer stores on Canton Road to shop for some limited edition luxury handbags.
6. If there wasn’t strong sunlight, you would see less Chinese tourists wearing a long-sleeve shirt, hat with UV-protected shield (and of course an umbrella), on the beach. I couldn’t imagine what would their beach fashion be like.
7. Hong Kong girls wouldn’t need to carry that much tissues in her purse. You know, when I was in high school and if I didn’t carry a pack of tissue during summer, I would be considered not feminine.
8. Walking on the streets in Hong Kong would be less like walking in a stove.
9. School teachers and students would not suffer from the fixed 25.5oC air-con temperate set by the government’s ineffective Action Blue Sky Programmes (to them it’s still too hot). The stupid number that has persistently become the topic of complaints at the school would be gone.
10. Hong Kong people would consume less air-con in general, less hot on the street (because the more air-con you turn on indoor, the hotter outdoor) and less global warming.