In protest clouds, Hong Kong tourists see silver lining

  • In this Oct. 11, 2019 photo, visitors sits outside a shop on the Main Street at Hong Kong Disneyland in Hong Kong. The body-blow of months of political protests on Hong Kong's tourism is verging on catastrophic for one of the world's great destinations. Geared up to receive 65 million travelers a year, the city's hotels, retailers, restaurants and other travel-oriented industries are suffering. But some intrepid visitors came specifically to see the protests and are reveling in deep discounts and unusually short lines at tourist hotspots.

    In this Oct. 11, 2019 photo, visitors sits outside a shop on the Main Street at Hong Kong Disneyland in Hong Kong. The body-blow of months of political protests on Hong Kong's tourism is verging on catastrophic for one of the world's great destinations. Geared up to receive 65 million travelers a year, the city's hotels, retailers, restaurants and other travel-oriented industries are suffering. But some intrepid visitors came specifically to see the protests and are reveling in deep discounts and unusually short lines at tourist hotspots. Associated Press

  • In this Oct. 10, 2019 photo, people ride in a ferry from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon as the sun sets in Hong Kong. The body-blow of months of political protests on Hong Kong's tourism is verging on catastrophic for one of the world's great destinations. Geared up to receive 65 million travelers a year, the city's hotels, retailers, restaurants and other travel-oriented industries are suffering. But some intrepid visitors came specifically to see the protests and are reveling in deep discounts and unusually short lines at tourist hotspots.

    In this Oct. 10, 2019 photo, people ride in a ferry from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon as the sun sets in Hong Kong. The body-blow of months of political protests on Hong Kong's tourism is verging on catastrophic for one of the world's great destinations. Geared up to receive 65 million travelers a year, the city's hotels, retailers, restaurants and other travel-oriented industries are suffering. But some intrepid visitors came specifically to see the protests and are reveling in deep discounts and unusually short lines at tourist hotspots. Associated Press

  • In this Oct. 11, 2019 photo, two workers stand inside a theater during a play in Hong Kong Disneyland in Hong Kong. The body-blow of months of political protests on Hong Kong's tourism is verging on catastrophic for one of the world's great destinations. Geared up to receive 65 million travelers a year, the city's hotels, retailers, restaurants and other travel-oriented industries are suffering. But some intrepid visitors came specifically to see the protests and are reveling in deep discounts and unusually short lines at tourist hotspots.

    In this Oct. 11, 2019 photo, two workers stand inside a theater during a play in Hong Kong Disneyland in Hong Kong. The body-blow of months of political protests on Hong Kong's tourism is verging on catastrophic for one of the world's great destinations. Geared up to receive 65 million travelers a year, the city's hotels, retailers, restaurants and other travel-oriented industries are suffering. But some intrepid visitors came specifically to see the protests and are reveling in deep discounts and unusually short lines at tourist hotspots. Associated Press

  • In this Oct. 9, 2019 photo, tourists take photos in a foggy evening at the Victoria Peak in Hong Kong. The body-blow of months of political protests on Hong Kong's tourism is verging on catastrophic for one of the world's great destinations. Geared up to receive 65 million travelers a year, the city's hotels, retailers, restaurants and other travel-oriented industries are suffering. But some intrepid visitors came specifically to see the protests and are reveling in deep discounts and unusually short lines at tourist hotspots.

    In this Oct. 9, 2019 photo, tourists take photos in a foggy evening at the Victoria Peak in Hong Kong. The body-blow of months of political protests on Hong Kong's tourism is verging on catastrophic for one of the world's great destinations. Geared up to receive 65 million travelers a year, the city's hotels, retailers, restaurants and other travel-oriented industries are suffering. But some intrepid visitors came specifically to see the protests and are reveling in deep discounts and unusually short lines at tourist hotspots. Associated Press

  • In this Oct. 11, 2019 photo, Popcorn sellers wait for customers at Hong Kong Disneyland in Hong Kong. The body-blow of months of political protests on Hong Kong's tourism is verging on catastrophic for one of the world's great destinations. Geared up to receive 65 million travelers a year, the city's hotels, retailers, restaurants and other travel-oriented industries are suffering. But some intrepid visitors came specifically to see the protests and are reveling in deep discounts and unusually short lines at tourist hotspots.

    In this Oct. 11, 2019 photo, Popcorn sellers wait for customers at Hong Kong Disneyland in Hong Kong. The body-blow of months of political protests on Hong Kong's tourism is verging on catastrophic for one of the world's great destinations. Geared up to receive 65 million travelers a year, the city's hotels, retailers, restaurants and other travel-oriented industries are suffering. But some intrepid visitors came specifically to see the protests and are reveling in deep discounts and unusually short lines at tourist hotspots. Associated Press

  • In this Oct. 11, 2019 photo, visitors pose for photos with a bear at Hong Kong Disneyland in Hong Kong. The body-blow of months of political protests on Hong Kong's tourism is verging on catastrophic for one of the world's great destinations. Geared up to receive 65 million travelers a year, the city's hotels, retailers, restaurants and other travel-oriented industries are suffering. But some intrepid visitors came specifically to see the protests and are reveling in deep discounts and unusually short lines at tourist hotspots.

    In this Oct. 11, 2019 photo, visitors pose for photos with a bear at Hong Kong Disneyland in Hong Kong. The body-blow of months of political protests on Hong Kong's tourism is verging on catastrophic for one of the world's great destinations. Geared up to receive 65 million travelers a year, the city's hotels, retailers, restaurants and other travel-oriented industries are suffering. But some intrepid visitors came specifically to see the protests and are reveling in deep discounts and unusually short lines at tourist hotspots. Associated Press

  • In this Oct. 10, 2019 photo, people ride in a ferry from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon as the sun sets in Hong Kong. The body-blow of months of political protests on Hong Kong's tourism is verging on catastrophic for one of the world's great destinations. Geared up to receive 65 million travelers a year, the city's hotels, retailers, restaurants and other travel-oriented industries are suffering. But some intrepid visitors came specifically to see the protests and are reveling in deep discounts and unusually short lines at tourist hotspots.

    In this Oct. 10, 2019 photo, people ride in a ferry from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon as the sun sets in Hong Kong. The body-blow of months of political protests on Hong Kong's tourism is verging on catastrophic for one of the world's great destinations. Geared up to receive 65 million travelers a year, the city's hotels, retailers, restaurants and other travel-oriented industries are suffering. But some intrepid visitors came specifically to see the protests and are reveling in deep discounts and unusually short lines at tourist hotspots. Associated Press

  • In this Oct. 11, 2019 photo, workers waits for visitors at the Hyperspace Mountain attraction at Hong Kong Disneyland in Hong Kong. The body-blow of months of political protests on Hong Kong's tourism is verging on catastrophic for one of the world's great destinations. Geared up to receive 65 million travelers a year, the city's hotels, retailers, restaurants and other travel-oriented industries are suffering. But some intrepid visitors came specifically to see the protests and are reveling in deep discounts and unusually short lines at tourist hotspots.

    In this Oct. 11, 2019 photo, workers waits for visitors at the Hyperspace Mountain attraction at Hong Kong Disneyland in Hong Kong. The body-blow of months of political protests on Hong Kong's tourism is verging on catastrophic for one of the world's great destinations. Geared up to receive 65 million travelers a year, the city's hotels, retailers, restaurants and other travel-oriented industries are suffering. But some intrepid visitors came specifically to see the protests and are reveling in deep discounts and unusually short lines at tourist hotspots. Associated Press

  • In this Oct. 11, 2019 photo, visitors walk at dusk in Hong Kong Disneyland in Hong Kong. The body-blow of months of political protests on Hong Kong's tourism is verging on catastrophic for one of the world's great destinations. Geared up to receive 65 million travelers a year, the city's hotels, retailers, restaurants and other travel-oriented industries are suffering. But some intrepid visitors came specifically to see the protests and are reveling in deep discounts and unusually short lines at tourist hotspots.

    In this Oct. 11, 2019 photo, visitors walk at dusk in Hong Kong Disneyland in Hong Kong. The body-blow of months of political protests on Hong Kong's tourism is verging on catastrophic for one of the world's great destinations. Geared up to receive 65 million travelers a year, the city's hotels, retailers, restaurants and other travel-oriented industries are suffering. But some intrepid visitors came specifically to see the protests and are reveling in deep discounts and unusually short lines at tourist hotspots. Associated Press

  • In this Oct. 11, 2019 photo, people watch a 3D movie part of the Iron Man Experience at Hong Kong Disneyland in Hong Kong. The body-blow of months of political protests on Hong Kong's tourism is verging on catastrophic for one of the world's great destinations. Geared up to receive 65 million travelers a year, the city's hotels, retailers, restaurants and other travel-oriented industries are suffering. But some intrepid visitors came specifically to see the protests and are reveling in deep discounts and unusually short lines at tourist hotspots.

    In this Oct. 11, 2019 photo, people watch a 3D movie part of the Iron Man Experience at Hong Kong Disneyland in Hong Kong. The body-blow of months of political protests on Hong Kong's tourism is verging on catastrophic for one of the world's great destinations. Geared up to receive 65 million travelers a year, the city's hotels, retailers, restaurants and other travel-oriented industries are suffering. But some intrepid visitors came specifically to see the protests and are reveling in deep discounts and unusually short lines at tourist hotspots. Associated Press

 
 
Posted10/18/2019 7:00 AM

HONG KONG -- The body-blow of months of political protests on Hong Kong's tourism is verging on catastrophic for one of the world's great destinations.

Geared up to receive 65 million travelers a year, the city's hotels, retailers, restaurants and other travel-oriented industries are suffering.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

But some intrepid visitors came specifically to see the protests and are reveling in deep discounts and unusually short lines at tourist hotspots.

Aside from the risk of stumbling unawares into street battles and clouds of police tear gas - as some tourists have to their coughing, spluttering dismay - Hong Kong remains a pleasant city. Visitors of either sex needn't think twice about venturing out late at night or while wearing valuables.

Even some Hong Kong residents are enjoying a respite from the usual floods of visitors.

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