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Rubber Duck

Rubber Duck is an installation created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman built to resemble the yellow bath toy. The 16.5-metre giant Rubber Duck arrived in Hong Kong on May 2, 2013, having visited 12 cities, including Sydney, Osaka and Auckland.

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From curry to crystal, traders are cashing in on giant rubber duck

Firms cash in on harbour's tourist draw with duck-shaped curries, a crystal duck, and more

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 09 May, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 09 May, 2013, 10:05am

Local businesses have taken to a giant inflatable like a duck to water, with restaurants to curio sellers all riding the waves made by Hong Kong's new attraction.

The rubber duck, a 16.5-metre artwork by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, is now on public exhibition in Tsim Sha Tsui, near Harbour City, one of the largest shopping malls in Kowloon. The exhibition may be free, but many of the city's business establishments have gone into overdrive to make money off it.

Some local restaurants have promptly added duck-shaped "curry duck rice" to their menus. Blogs have cropped up on several food websites, giving recipes for the special dish.

On Sina Weibo, the popular Twitter-like microblogging service, users have been trading information on the restaurants that offer the best "duck view".

"I think it is worth a try [for a "duck view" dinner] because you don't know when the duck will come to Hong Kong next," one weibo entry said.

The official weibo account of Harbour City, which is sponsoring the Hong Kong trip of the rubber duck, also has a range of duck-related promotions. One online post by Harbour City recommends a small Swarovski yellow duck.

The market is awash with duck collectibles, from duck-shaped mobile phone docks to soap and shampoo bottles. The One, another shopping mall in Tsim Sha Tsui and a local rival of Harbour City, has even opened a special section showcasing all duck-related products.

In online travel forums in Shanghai and Beijing, many mainland tourists have been planning "duck view" group trips before the exhibition ends in early June. At least one Hong Kong travel company is doing brisk business selling a one-day package tour for travellers, with a short cruise around the duck.

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halfpasttwo230
OMG!!
That was amazing!!
mingming528
OMG that is sooooo cute ><
I LOVE THE DUCKY <3
I think the one who thought of this idea is clever and creative :P
I hope that one day i could go there and have a try of the food :D
kekejkjk
the duck is so cute!
if i have a chance then i will go there to have a look of the duck :)
renc0001
AWESOME
kchriste
What a ridiculous representation of Hong Kong. A giant PLASTIC duck?! Could they not have thought of sending a more meaningful message. Isn't there enough plastic in the harbour? It is the most ridiculous, and embarrassing, thing I have ever seen. Shame on Hong Kong.
felixtom
Come on man, putting a plastic duck on the sea does not affect the living creatures as long as the plastic does not degenerate, ships are made up of metals, so should we prohibit them from travelling because of the rust they produce? And it does not related to Hong Kong indeed, the harbor now just serves as the place for exhibition and the duck is originally created by the artist overseas, so it's nothing to do with HK.

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