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Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 17:57
Dining, laughing & living as life goes on in Hong Kong
By Associated Press
Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 17:57 By Associated Press

In this Sept 1, 2019, photo, a bride fixes her groom's bow tie during a wedding photoshoot on the top of the Victoria Peak in Hong Kong. (JAE C. HONG / AP)

HONG KONG — A couple in wedding dress and tuxedo pose for photos on Hong Kong's famed Victoria Peak. A diner at a streetside restaurant focuses on his food while protesters march by. Two people ride the up escalator as a phalanx of riot-ready police descends on the other side.

Life is not quite normal after three months of steady protests in this Asian financial center — and yet normal life goes on, as it must, for the city's 7.4 million people.

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Pedestrians crossing a street in Wan Chai, Hong Kong, Sept 3, 2019. (JAE C. HONG / AP)

A taxi driver eats his late dinner in his cab near Temple Street Night Market in Hong Kong, Sept 2, 2019. (JAE C. HONG / AP)

Residents, tourists and laughter fill the restaurants at the Temple Street night market, though declining airport arrivals and discounted hotel rooms show the tourism industry's pain.

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"There's a lot going on here at the moment, obviously, but still a lovely place to be," said David Smith, a 49-year-old British man sitting with friends at an outdoor table on a rain-dampened street. "You just have to be more careful when you are here."

In this Sept 2, 2019, photo, a group of British tourists share a laugh around a dinner table at Temple Street Night Market in Hong Kong. (JAE C. HONG / AP)

Away from, or between, the unrest, old-timers play their mahjong tiles. Bright laundry hangs from a drab apartment building in this vertical city. Spray-painted slogans cover a Kate Spade advertisement on a bus shelter. On the other side, people wait for the bus.

Two commuters ride an up escalator at a train station as police officers in riot gear descend on the other side, in Hong Kong, Sept 2, 2019. (JAE C. HONG / AP)

A group of elderly people play mahjong at a shop in Hong Kong, Sept 3, 2019. (JAE C. HONG / AP)


In this Sept 2, 2019, photo, workers bundle rebars at a metal yard as a building displaying Chinese national flags is seen in the distance, in Hong Kong. (JAE C. HONG / AP)

A group of people play basketball at Southorn Playground in Wan Chai, Hong Kong, Sept 1, 2019. (JAE C. HONG / AP)

In this Sept 1, 2019, photo, an old apartment building stands next to a gleaming tower in Hong Kong. (JAE C. HONG / AP)

A woman looks at her phone while stretching at a park by Victoria Harbor in Hong Kong, Sept 1, 2019. (JAE C. HONG / AP)



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