Dying hostels in HK: A global backpackers' landing spot reveals huge gap between rich & poor
"Surviving is more important than anything," Lau Yin-ming, the vice-president of Hong Kong Guesthouse Association (HKGA) sighed while he cleaned the hostel rooms by himself, as he had no choice but to lay off all his employees in the struggle to make ends meet.
Located in HK's Tsim Sha Tsui, Mirador Mansion has a long history and witnessed the ups and downs of this city. It is scattered with low-cost hostels, being a landing spot welcomed by backpackers worldwide. But after the social unrest in 2019, this year's pandemic has become the last straw to break the back of this industry.
According to the founding chairman of HKGA, David Leung, more than 500 hostels have closed down due to the plummeting number of tourists, and the final "dead-line" will be next January if the vaccine is not out and the situation might force the last fighters in this business to stop struggling.
The biggest wish of David is a peaceful HK where guests from any part of the world are welcomed, and not everything becomes a matter of political confrontation. He says, "If HK continues to be in self-seclusion, it is no different from self-destruction."
Watch the short documentary by DotDotNews, and get ready to be shocked by the huge gap between rich and poor in HK society.