The mystery of the pink lights

The Gods of Toil are wreaking vengeance upon me this week, so just time for the daily indispensable China link – The Rise of Xi.

And not forgetting The Strange Case of the Rose-Hued Illumination of Seedy Entranceways. Strolling along Queens Road West recently, past the funeral-offerings shops, past the dried goods stores, getting on towards the no-mans land before hip, trendy Kennedy Town starts, I saw a crummy door with a pink strip light outside it. I would have thought no more of it, but then I noticed a pattern – dilapidated walk-ups* with alluring, enigmatic pink lights…

I can think of various explanations – ranging from a recent local sale of gaudy lighting, to ancient feng shui wisdom, to murky goings-on. We will probably never learn the truth.

(*OK, one other.)


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7 Responses to The mystery of the pink lights

  1. WonTon says:

    Um, I think the pink lights are a signal that an independent trade of a certain nature is being plied within. Which is rather a tradition in Shek Tong Tsui, no?

  2. Stanley Lieber says:

    The pink lighting is a well-known and highly reliable feng shui ornamentation intended to stimulate gentrification and a rapid rise in property values.

  3. Hank Morgan says:

    Yes, but there is a long history of red lights outside fire stations ..

    One answer out of many …

    “The lighting of a red lamp at a fire station indicated that it was staffed, and aid was available. It has now become more of a tradition than a practical device.”

    Isn’t that the definition of “(*OK, one other.)” …

  4. Not A Political Decision says:

    I cannot get the satire of this post, if any ?

    Is there really people who pretend those pink lights are mystery apart from the catholic wing of the DAB ?

  5. Cassowary says:

    The seedy building I’m confused by is the one with an array of pink, blue and yellow lights.

  6. Joe Blow says:

    The pink light may have something to do with mosquitoes. The yellow light box with green letters is the one you may be looking for when your wife is out of town.

  7. WTF says:

    The run down gats are the only places in HK where art could possibly flourish, , but won’t anyway.

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