Expat Life: Sitting on a brothel’s doorstep

You can sit on the doorstep of Hong Kong’s Prostitution … literally!

Shanghai street in Hong Kong is long. On a hot and humid day it can seem incredibly long. Yesterday was such a day, and after walking for what seemed like miles along this street (looking for the kitchen supply shops), I sat down on door step leading to a narrow hallway to take a rest. Who would have guessed this is how I would come to learn that that prostitution is legal in Hong Kong?
My pursuit for the kitchen supply shops took me to the correct MTR station,  Ya Ma Tei, however upon exiting I headed North instead of South so rather then getting to the section of Shanghai Street in question in minutes, I walked for ages in the wrong direction – all the time thinking it must be on the next block. At one point I needed to consult my map so sat down on the a fore mentioned steps for a quick gulp of water and orientation.

Since moving to Hong Kong, I have gotten used to the fact that I can pass entire days around the city without people speaking to me directly, unless there is a transaction of some sort in question, so hearing someone shout did not alert me to the fact that I was the recipient of these loud warnings coming from inside the building

When I finally turned around, I came out of my spell and realised I was sitting in the doorway of what was obviously a brothel. The man shouting at me was clearly not happy about a hot, disheveled white female gweilo sitting at the entrance to his business.
How I missed the large, colourful signs that were clearly advertising the services offered, is still beyond me. In any case, as they say every day is a school day 🙂

 

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Angelina DraperArticle by Angelina Draper (53 Posts)

Angelina is the Founding Editor of ChattyBrains.com and Managing Director of AD Vits Digital, where she helps companies of all sized achieve optimal branding, e-commerce and social media success and overall great digital health. Living currently in her 26th home (and counting) she is a serial wonderer having been an expat child, expat in her own right and now expat wife and mother. Three continents and seven countries later she is still looking forward to settling down... one day.


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Angelina is the Founding Editor of ChattyBrains.com and Managing Director of AD Vits Digital, where she helps companies of all sized achieve optimal branding, e-commerce and social media success and overall great digital health. Living currently in her 26th home (and counting) she is a serial wonderer having been an expat child, expat in her own right and now expat wife and mother. Three continents and seven countries later she is still looking forward to settling down... one day.