Sunday, April 26, 2009

Clog exhibition: Bad Karma in HK

The Cheung Kong Center in central Hong Kong which is one of the tallest skyscrapers in the city has declined to hold a Dutch charity exhibition of clogs because of worries the clunky footwear will bring bad luck. Appears the reason is fengshui and according to the tower's management, the wooden footwear show would cause bad luck, because the Cantonese word for shoes is hai and that sounds too similar to the English, sigh. The exhibition has now relocated to another tower in Hong Kong and the proceeds raised by the exhibition will go to help Chinese children.

Interested in history of wooden shoes, then you might like:
de Boer-Olij T 2002 European wooden shoes, their history and diversity Stichting Klompenmuseum. For further information please contact Bertus van den Hof

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