Date
22 January 2017
Take your pick and give it a name -- or give both a caption. Photo: Facebook/HKincident/Henry Chow
Take your pick and give it a name -- or give both a caption. Photo: Facebook/HKincident/Henry Chow

Yellow River or South China Sea? Netizens have fun

A burst water pipe which turned a section of Princess Margaret Road in Ho Man Tin into a brownish river is inspiring comparisons with China from netizens quick to spot the humor.

The muddy water flooded the north-bound lane, slowing traffic and temporarily isolating a nearby children’s school, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Netizens quickly christened it Yellow River, a historic Chinese waterway, which they said made the flooded area part of mainland China.

In a stab at Beijing’s defiance of a decision by an international tribunal which declared its claims to the South China Sea groundless, netizens described it as “not a single dot less”.

The phrase echoes a People’s Daily post about China’s disputed “nine-dash line” in the disputed waters.

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