This Post Comes In Three (Or Four) Parts


There will be a new map tonight or tomorrow. It is not of LA. I am so burnt out on the LA map it’s not even funny. Also the map’s periphery needs serious retooling.


I’m seriously experimenting with getting some of my maps printed, like, professionally. We’ll see if anything comes of that.


A message for white/Western tankies/PRC apologists, because I’ve seen you around:

Hong Kong’s annual pro-democracy handover-anniversary rally was today. Judging from the pictures, there were a lot of colonial flags out, and I’m sure some of you are pointing to this as evidence the HK democracy/independence movement is vile and pro-Western-imperialist-decadence and the PRC’s actions in HK are morally and ethically unassailable. Several things to keep in mind:

  • Please take your obsession with ideological purity and shove it.
  • The People’s Republic of China is not communist. Any country with a McDonald’s in it is not communist. (Note to pedants: the contrapositive of this statement is true; the converse is not.)
  • Saying that the People’s Republic of China so very badly wants an empire of its own (e.g. South China Sea, Taiwan) does not negate or diminish the long, long, long list of American/Western genocides, mass murders, and other assorted imperial unpleasantnesses. It’s the starving-children-in-Africa argument with Groucho glasses on.
  • There are left-wing pro-Beijing people, there are right-wing pro-Beijing people. There are left-wing pro-democracy/independence people, there are right-wing pro-democracy/independence people. Politics in Hong Kong is split across different lines than they are in this/your country.
  • This doesn’t mean that the xenophobic/nationalistic elements of the pro-democracy/independence faction can’t be criticized (they should, oh lord, they should), but attempting a one-to-one correspondence between an HK political faction and a political faction at home will result in gross and wildly inaccurate generalizations, every time.
  • Unless you live there, there’s a pretty good chance I spent more time in Hong Kong than you.
  • Xi Jinping will never have sex with you. Ever. Sorry.


As a reward for suffering through that, here’s the HK MTR station numbering map, slightly redrawn to reflect the system as it exists in 2017. On the house.

mtr with station numbering 2017

Can’t wait until the link between Tai Wai and Hung Hom is completed.



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4 Responses to This Post Comes In Three (Or Four) Parts

  1. Richard A. says:

    I’m fascinated by the border stations. Can you point me to a good resource that explains how they work, or some anecdotes, or anything you think might be interesting about them? Or maybe you can talk about them in another post?

    And what about the Racecourse station? How does it work on the days that it’s open? Do all trains stop there? Only some? In both directions?

    • theoditsek says:

      Basically everything I know about the border stations comes from Wikipedia. The most fascinating thing about Lo Wu and Lok Ma Chau is that they’re in HK’s Closed Area along the Mainland border, where movement and development are heavily restricted. There are only three circumstances under which you can enter the Closed Area: 1) you live there, 2) you have a permit, or 3) you’re in Lo Wu or Lok Ma Chau Stations, and you’re going to or from the Mainland.

      Only some trains (in both directions) stop at Racecourse when it’s open.

  2. – Are you interested in making a map that would cover rail lines in the boarder area of Pearl River Delta?
    – Despite those people are waving colonial flag, I believe most of them do not actually want to welcome UK back. For one thing, UK is currently rather pro-China and they would not get into the mess even if they’re presented with this opportunity. I personally believe the colonial flag become a symbol in these anti-unification movements is mainly due to the fact that Hong Kong were never independent and thus there are no independent Hong Kong flag in the past, and the use of this flag has successfully pissed Chinese government off.
    – PRC is not communist but rather authoritative. Whether there’re anything wrong with being authoritative is debatable. Some of those protestors are probably more communistic or socialistic than the party in mainland China.

    • theoditsek says:

      • Not this decade, unfortunately. The long-term plans I can find in English are constantly shifting and contradictory. (The old HK/SZ map from several years ago is *already* out of date.)
      • Interesting. Did not think about that.
      • Defo. IME the leftists who support greater autonomy for HK lean more anarchist than anything.

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