Traveling to Hong Kong?


Hello everyone! Today let's contine our learning Chinese of current affairs. Now Hong Kong has become a heated word, and the turmoil in Hong Kong is disturbing.


Hong Kong was well known as the "shopping paradise", but now this "shopping paradise" no longer exists, full of violence and insecurity. The schools have been suspended or closed. Universities in many countries have withdrawn their students from Hong Kong. Even the famous American TIME issued warnings and tips for tourists preparing to travel to Hong Kong.


Now, following JYang, let's read this article from TIME together. Please notice the bold parts of the text.


Traveling to Hong Kong? Here's What You Need to Know

          去香港旅行? 这是你需要知道的

Protests have been roiling Hong Kong for the past five months, but a significant escalation this week has seen public transportation shutdowns, violent protests across the territory and, as of Wednesday, foreign universities recalling their students out of fears for their safety.


Thousands of arrests have been made, hundreds have been injured, and countless petrol bombs have been thrown since the start of the unrest. Schools were suspended this week and many universities—which have become literal battlegrounds between protesters and police—have cancelled lectures for the remainder of the semester.


Businesses have been badly affected. Scores of shops have been ransacked, vandalized and burned, including branches of Starbucks. Malls have also been attacked and routinely bring the shutters down early to avoid trouble.


The U.S. has raised the travel advisory warning for Hong Kong to level two, calling for visitors to exercise “increased caution.” Canada and Australia have also upped their travel alerts, and the U.K. has warned that “the situation around protests and public gatherings can change quickly.”

美国已将香港的旅行警告提高至第二个级别,呼吁游客一定要“提高警惕。” 加拿大和澳大利亚也提高了旅行警告的级别,而英国则警告说,“游行抗议及公众集会的周边可能会出现突发情况。”

If you’re planning on traveling to Hong Kong, here’s what you need to know.


Getting to and from the airport



The Airport Express, the rail service that connects the airport to the city in 22 minutes, is still running. But it has experienced delays and frequently skips intermediary stops. Roadblocks on major highways have also caused the rerouting of some airport buses.


After protestors blockaded the airport in August, the Airport Authority heightened security checks. Currently, only those carrying an air ticket for a flight in the next 24 hours, and a valid travel document, are allowed to enter the departure hall. Travelers are also advised to allow sufficient time for travel to the airport.


Transport disruptions



The city’s main means of transportation is the train network. Known as the Mass Transit Railway (or MTR), it has come under heavy attack by protesters. Trains and stations have been set on fire, petrol bombs thrown into train compartments, facilities severely damaged and objects hurled onto the tracks.


In recent weeks, trains have been maintaining limited services, with many stations and sections of major lines frequently closed due to vandalism. Travelers can expect lengthy delays and overcrowding, especially during morning and evening rush hour. Service announcements are made in real-time on the MTR’s Twitter page, and the MTR website provides an overview of service arrangements.


Dozens of bus routes are regularly suspended or diverted when protesters occupy major roads and highways。Booking a taxi or an Uber may be the most reliable way to get around, but they can be very difficult to find during major protests. Be prepared to be flexible on pick-up and drop-off locations.


It can dangerous to attempt to drive through or circumvent a barricade: motorists have been dragged from their cars and beaten for trying to do so. Protesters have also thrown petrol bombs at vehicles ignoring roadblocks.


Ferry routes, which take you across the harbor and connect the city to Hong Kong’s outlying islands, so far remain unaffected.


Where protests frequently occur



Protests can erupt quickly and have taken place all over Hong Kong—from working class suburbs to the heart of the business district. Tear gas has been fired on the city’s most exclusive streets and barricades erected outside Hong Kong’s smartest boutiques and hotels.


Since Monday, protestors have been holding flash mob-style lunchtime protests—though some have lasted well into the evening—in Central, the financial district on Hong Kong Island. The gatherings have turned violent and led to clashes with riot police.


Admiralty, one subway stop from Central, is home to government offices and the legislature and therefore also a common protest site.
So is the shopping district of Causeway Bay, which is home to Victoria Park—a traditional staging ground for marches and rallies.

金钟是中环的一个地铁站,是政府机关和立法机关的所在地,因此也是常见的抗议场所。铜锣湾购物区也是如此,该区是维多利亚公园的所在地 - 是游行和集会的传统集结地。

Across the harbor, the neighborhoods of Kowloon Tong and Hung Hom, where there are a number of universities, have seen frequent clashes. So has the tourist district of Tsim Sha Tsui. The tourist strip of Nathan Road—Hong Kong’s fabled “Golden Mile”—has seen frequent arson, vandalism, and battles between protesters and police.

在海港对面,九龙塘和红磡附近有不少的大学,那里经常发生冲突。尖沙咀旅游区也是如此。弥敦道的旅游地带 -香港寓言中的“黄金地带”- 经常发生纵火,故意破坏以及抗议者与警察之间的战斗。

What to do if a protest breaks out near you



Protests are organized online and can break out with little warning.


While there is no specific threat to tourists, Steve Vickers, CEO of Steve Vickers and Associates—a risk consultancy retained by TIME to advise on security matters—says foreigners should leave if they find themselves in one.


Ideally you should move away as soon as possible and exit the area,” he says. Many gatherings do not have official approval and your presence could “entail personal risk such as being accused of participating in an unlawful assembly,” he adds.

他说:“最理想的情况是你应尽快离开该地区。” 他补充道,许多聚会没有得到官方的批准,您的在场可能会“带来个人风险,例如被指控参与非法集会。”

How to behave if you find yourself in a protest



With protests becoming more violent, heightened caution is essential. A 70-year-old bystander on his lunch break died Thursday after being struck, officials said, by “hard objects hurled by masked rioters.”


People have encountered violence after expressing political opinions. A man was set on fire for arguing with protesters and people have been stabbed for engaging in political disputes. Many others, including women and the elderly, have been beaten for expressing dissenting views. Bystanders, including foreigners, have also been beaten for taking photographs of the protests.


In certain situations, visitors should refrain from wearing black, which is the protest color.


The emergency number in Hong Kong, for police, fire and ambulance services, is 999.