This is a very safe place. Anyone, including young children, and single women, can travel on public transport after dark with no fear. Generally, there’s little or no street crime. There’s triad crime, granted (and that might be the most loaded “granted” of all time) – however, I know I’d rather live in a society where crime was really bad and extreme BUT limited to the criminal elements, and street crime extends only to gweilos being ripped off in the fruit market because we can’t read Chinese, than one where the mild threat of crime/violence hangs over everyone.
In genuinely shocking news, there was an attempted mugging recently, a reprehensible group assault conceived by eight teenagers against an 81-year-old man on his way to his morning tai chi session.
The whole operation seems kind of harebrained – I see plenty of those tai chi sessions all over the place on my walk to the bus in the morning, and the old dudes are using real swords with incredible grace and skill. Their movements are gentle and aimed to promote longevity and mental clarity, but it’s not exactly aquacise – you know they could go combat in a second if they had to. Still, you’d have to back EIGHT hoods against one old dude. But no, the old guy, Mak, kicked their arses. He kicked their arses so bad the cops apprehended them by following the TRAIL OF BLOOD:
HONG KONG — An 81-year-old man in Hong Kong single-handedly fought off a gang of teenage muggers, police said Monday, with eight youths arrested and some requiring hospital treatment.
The elderly man, only identified as Mak, was assaulted by the gang aged between 15 and 19 in a pedestrian tunnel during the 4:00 am incident when he was on his way to do morning exercise. He was attacked from behind.
“They pushed him to the ground and tried to rob him. The man fought back and the gang ran away empty-handed,” a police spokeswoman told AFP.
Some of the teenage muggers, five boys and three girls, sustained cuts and minor injuries after the man put up a fierce fight. Police later traced a trail of blood to a nearby flat and detained the teenagers.
The injured were taken to hospital for treatment.
“They are still being detained and under investigation for assault with intent to rob,” the police spokeswoman said.
It’s not clear whether he smashed them with a tai chi longsword or just his fierce innate Shaolin skills.