A fascinating phenomenon in a high dense city such as Hong Kong is the resourceful way in which empty surfaces are temporarily appropriated for a variety of uses
Roller shutters of a vacant shop taken over by advertising posters
Turning the shopfront of a failed business into an informal stall
Bank shopfront is borrowed to showcase items for sale
Shopfront of a bank closed for business on a weekend becomes a display surface for hats that include a mirror for the buyer to see if the hat fits
A temporary display or Chinese paintings along the walls of a bank closed for business
A street bollard used for advertising repair services
Railings to prevent jaywalking is turned into a temporary advertising space
Railings become bicycle storage space
Railings as support for temporary cardboard partitions used by the domestic workers and as backrests on weekends
Walls of a vacant building used for writing protest notes on unlawful eviction
"We sleep in the 24-hour McDonald's during the winter months, when it is too cold to sleep outside. Much more convenient than sleeping on the street or in the park. It's also cleaner but the overhead lights can make it difficult to fall asleep. But you get used to it after a while. They are kind enough to allow us to spend the night there. But some of the branches will deliberately close off a section by putting a barricade around to prevent people from using the tables. Some allows you to sleep not not lie your head on the table. They will come wake you up if they find out." We can also ask for water from the counter and use their washrooms during the night."
I'll go to the 24-hour internet cafe if I have some money. I'll just buy a drink and a cup of hot noodles, and pass my time surfing the web or sleep."