Date
23 March 2017
Icicles collect on a shrub in the New Territories as temperatures plunge but this woman (inset) turned up the heat by taking on policemen who refused to let her through a closed road. Photos: Reuters, Apple Daily
Icicles collect on a shrub in the New Territories as temperatures plunge but this woman (inset) turned up the heat by taking on policemen who refused to let her through a closed road. Photos: Reuters, Apple Daily

‘Barbaric’ hiker turns up heat on Hong Kong’s coldest day

In near-freezing temperatures on Sunday, a woman turned up the heat by defying police orders and challenging an Apple Daily reporter to a viral duel of their video clips of the incident.

Guess what? She lost. 

By the next morning, the Apple Daily video had drawn more than one million hits but the woman’s version of events was nowhere to be found online.

Instead, she got whipped on social media by netizens who accused her of “barbaric behavior”.

They said she not only risked her own life but also those of the police officers and others.

The incident happened Sunday morning when police closed Route TWISK, a dual-lane road in Tsuen Wan, to stop people going up to Tai Mo Shan after dozens of winter pleasure seekers were stranded in the mountains.

The woman demanded to be let though, along with a companion, and began ranting at the police officers when they refused.

The Apple Daily video shows a woman in a peach jacket pointing a finger and yelling “we will take responsibility…  we decide if we want to risk our lives” while holding a smartphone camera to the officers.

The woman and her companion stopped after the policemen gave them a final warning.

Then she turned to an Apple Daily reporter who was filming the incident and challenged him to a viral video shootout.

She began recording the reporter, saying “let’s put our clips online and see which one gets more hits”.

Highland temperatures plunged to one degree celsius early Sunday and the cold spell carried on throughout the day.

In the New Territories, a rare spectacle of ice sheets and massive icicles attracted hordes of people to Tai Mo Shan, creating traffic jams, stranding dozens of people and prompting a government-led rescue.

On the Peak, plants, handrails, signages and garbage bins were glazed with a thin layer of ice.

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