It’s summertime in Hong Kong, and that can only mean one thing: the junk trip. Not the traditional Chinese sailing junk, mind. These days, “junk” refers to practically any kind of leisure vessel. On weekend days during the season, dozens of them pull up at the public piers in Central or Causeway Bay, and groups up to 40-strong board them for eight hours of crazed drinking at sea. With everybody going for a departure time of 10 or 11 a.m. to maximize daylight hours on the water, the piers are a hot mess of humanity and a perfect weekend cover for our whistle-blower. Once he’s aboard, everyone will assume the quiet goateed guy in the corner sipping beer is the friend of a friend. By the time the SEALs realize he’s given them the slip, Snowden will be on one of countless identical pleasure craft bound for the coves of Sai Kung peninsula.
"use the local knowledge of TIME’s Hong Kong office and hunker down in one of these five locales"Is time using adolescent interns to write their articles now? This collection of drivel and cliche shows about as much 'local knowledge' as a teenagers rushed 'What I did on my summer holiday' essay.
Clearly this hack lacks the ability to write incisively and intelligently on either Edward Snowden the man or - more importantly - the hugely significant and shocking information he has revealed.
So what does that leave? The 'satire' option - or at least a strikingly lazy attempt. I *do* live in Hong Kong and these descriptions are laboured, boringly clichéd and sadly out of touch - and in the case of Lockhart Road, merely puerile and sexist. Grow up!
Wow! Time magazine has turned into a mix of Cosmopolitan and Comedy Central these days...
Sad to see the steady decline in the quality of this magazine
This is ill informed journalism. TIME attempting titilation. This will negatively affect the TIME brand, reducing credibility for the important global topics which it can represent. This is an important topic, but where is he editor in chief going with this? Very poor journalism and will call into question past and future stories - disappointing.