Lai Yuen to Reopen, Political Website Hacked, HKBN Launches Mainlander-Only Wi-Fi
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Iconic Theme Park Lai Yuen to Reopen
Nostalgia will be running high this summer: the beloved Lai Chi Kok Amusement Park, aka Lai Yuen, is set to reopen on the Central Harbourfront this June after shutting down in 1997. Starting June 26 and lasting for 70 days, the “Lai Yuen Super Summer 2015” pop-up will feature rides inspired by the original park and a high-tech mechanical version of Tino the elephant, an icon of Lai Yuen. Entry into the park will be free, but rides and games will require tokens available for purchase. Duncan Chiu, chairman of Lai Yuen Amusement Park, says he will consider building a permanent park depending on the public’s reaction.
Our take: It’s like childhood all over again!
Hackers Force Alliance to Shut Down Website
After numerous hacker attacks, political group The Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China has temporary closed its website. Lee Cheuk-yan, secretary of the Alliance, tells Apple Daily that the decision came after continuous hacking attempts leading up to June 4. That wasn’t the only reason, though—Lee added that the hacking also affected the Hong Kong Professional Teachers’ Union’s website, which shares a server with Alliance. The group’s social media channels and the Alliance-run June 4th Museum website remain live.
Our take: Who votes for more hacker regulation?
HKBN Launches Free Wi-Fi for Mainlanders
Hong Kong Broadband Network and Hang Seng Bank have created a free Wi-Fi hotspot network specifically targeted at mainland Chinese tourists. The app is only available in simplified Chinese and can only be accessed with a mainland Chinese SIM card. The access period is two hours per day, but can be renewed by connecting to a different network (for example, at a hotel or coffee shop) in between. Many netizens disapprove of the move, arguing that it is discrimination to exclude Hong Kong citizens as well as other tourist groups. Hang Seng Bank says the service is targeting mainlanders because it is a large pool of potential customers.
Our take: Stay tuned for virtual Occupy Wi-Fi protests.