Canal Road Flyover is commonly known as Ngo Keng Kiu. The area underneath the Flyover at the junction of Canal Road West and Hennessy Road is famous for “Petty Person Beating”, a local practice.
It is said that “Petty Person Beating” helps driving away ill luck and welcoming good fortune. The practice of each “Petty Person Beating” practitioner is slightly different, but most would ask the name of the client and the particular objective of beating. Practitioners would write them down on a piece of “petty person paper”, place the paper on a brick and the beat it with an old shoe while chanting specific words. People would also make sacrifice to Bai Hu (white tiger) during Insects Awakening. Practitioners would seal the paper tiger’s mouth by smearing a greasy pork over it so as to avoid gossip and rumours.
The area underneath Ngo Keng Kiu is the most popular place for “Petty Person Beating” in Hong Kong. The spot bustles even more during Insects Awakening in March.
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