- The Great Hong Kong Street "Medicine Show" -

Often when you walk in the streets of Hong Kong, you will have a great chance to experience different events or happenings from "another world"!
Like for example the "show" performed in the following picture series.

Nathan Road
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)

I had decided to take a walk without any special destination - - - just a walk along Nathan Road, - see picture above -, to Yau Ma Tei, where I would enjoy the back streets  - - - -

Tin Hau Temple
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)

In Yau Ma Tei, - just a few steps away from hustling bustling Nathan Road -, you are already in another world.
Here you will find the Tin Hau temple - - - -

Tin Hau Temple
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)

At the square in front of the temple to the honour of Tin Hau, - a crowd was assembled - - - -
Obviously something unusual was going on, since people gathered like that.

A doctor preparing his act
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)

A man, - obviously some sort of doctor -, was telling the audience about his wonder medicine, - and he must have done well, since the surrounding people seemed to be just as fascinated and spellbound by the show as I was.
This was obviously something special, - and well suited for my camera -, but for some reason I did NOT bring any, which for me is a highly unusual situation, because I rarely go anywhere without a camera.
But it looked so exiting, that I decided to go back home again to get a camera, and then hurry back, in the hope that the "show" was still on when I returned.
Luckily enough I lived in nearby Tsimshatsui, which enabled me quickly to be back at the Tin Hau temple, - and fortunately enough, the doctor was still there, - and my camera was put to work - - - -

- the show is on -
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)


 Apparently the doctor demonstrated some sort of medicine that could kill pain,- because in  the most impressive of his demonstrations, he beat himself with bricks and with sticks,- and tried to smash his arm and leg with iron bars!

- a demonstration -
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)

 He might not be a particular good doctor,- but he was for sure a great actor, who in no time he managed to get full control over his audience!
Please have a look,- and take note of the expression in the faces of the audience!
They take it VERY serious,- and are VERY concentrated!

- and how he could talk -
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)

- and talk -
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)

- and talk - while the audience is spellbound -
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)

- more talking, - more demonstrations - , - more fascination of audience -
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)

- a Chinese doctor -
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)

On the picture above, - please take note of the doctors gear: Wooden sticks, - iron bars and bricks, - all used for hurting himself.

- here preparing to hurt himself with iron bars -
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)

- And here we go! Some heavy blows at his leg -
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)

- preparing and demonstrating his medicine after hurting himself -
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)

- See!!!   It's working!  No pain! -
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)

- The demonstration is over, - and the shop opens for sale of the wonder medicine -
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)



      Updated:   October 31. 2000, -  Nov. 26th. 2004, - March 04. 2011