Hong Kong sex imbalance is off the scale

Central Station | Nury Vittachi 21 Dec 2018

Shocking news, ladies. The guy shortage is ballooning. There are now 628,500 more women than men in Hong Kong, the government's statistics department revealed this week.

A guy reading over my shoulder just asked: "Where? Where? Where?"

Well, you can see at least 500,000 of them in the women's toilet queue at IFC most weekends.

That was the bad news. Now this is the really bad news: the male shortfall is biggest in the 20-to-49 age group, the exact period when people pair off and get married.

For every 360 women aged 35 to 39, there are only 230 men.

But there is some good news.

In China and India, there are now 70 million spare men. That's more than the entire population of the world in the days of King Solomon.

Granted, many of these guys are toothless peasant crop farmers, but hey, you girls like salads and stuff, right?

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The government's Music Office (yes, it has one) announced yesterday that for only HK$930 you can join a course called "Let's e-Orch!" and learn to play songs such as It's a Small World on that well-loved classical instrument, the iPad. I can hardly wait.

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The Hong Kong government is creating a chatbot to answer calls to the general government inquiry number at 1823, tech secretary Nicholas Yang said this week.

If you thought phoning the government was frustrating before, just wait.

"Are you a human?"

"What kind of question is that? Of course I'm a human."

"So you're not a chatbot?"

"What kind of question is that? Of course I'm a human."

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Today's picture shows the trendy RIR shoe that you'll want to wear if you go for a hike.

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An exhibition in Beijing showcases the original Hong Kong nai cha, a thick, sweet drink made with evaporated milk, that used to be called "silk stocking tea".

These days, Hong Kongers use fabric tea-strainers, but I strongly suggest that we return to silk stockings.

"Would sir like his tea strained the normal way or shall I take off my stockings and use them?"

Restaurateurs, just think of the mark-ups!

Especially if the wait staff are female.

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The UK's Guardian newspaper just ran a feature on how all of Shenzhen's bus fleet was electric - and caused many Hongkongers to complain that Hong Kong was behind the times.

But the whiners missed the fact that the much-praised Shenzhen Bus Group was co-founded by KMB, a Hong Kong bus company.

A much more telling story is the way the Shenzhen authorities have ordered all taxi drivers to use electric vehicles, leading to punch-ups at the all-too-rare charging stations. Passengers pay for short rides but end up with a ring-side seat at live prize fights.

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Turns out that our report about a disruption on a Hong Kong to Korea flight (this column on Wednesday) is part of a massive scam.

K-pop fans borrow money to buy first-class tickets, get selfies with their idols, and then get off the plane so they can get their money back on their air tickets. This has happened hundreds of times, airlines revealed this week.

Air crews are looking for ways to stop the scam.

"Oh dear, the plane door is stuck, you'll have to fly around the world with us."

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