Despite what many local and international movies may have you think, kung fu isn’t exactly a huge part of day-to-day life in Hong Kong… which probably explains why one rather flexible MTR passenger’s antics has caused such a commotion online.
At around 8:30am today, a netizen posted a photo of an extremely contorted commuter sitting with one leg behind his head and the other stretched straight in front of him to the popular Facebook group HK Incident:
The photo was soon liked, shared, and commented on by thousands of netizens, many of whom marvelled at the “kung fu master hiding in plain sight”. Doesn’t look like he’s trying too hard to hide, if we’re honest, but okay.
Some speculated that the man was practising Yijin Jing, a form of Qigong that increases flexibility. One Facebook user, surnamed Kong, posted pictures of what appeared to be the same man on another occasion, stretching his leg behind his head whilst sitting on the train floor:
Photo: Dan Kong via Facebook
A few commenters have likened the bendy bloke to a circus performer, while others joked that he could actually be possessed, à la 1973 horror classic The Exorcist:
Photo: Warner Bros.
One pragmatic commenter suggested that the man was actually a practitioner of yoga, sharing a photo of Himalayan yogi Swami Yogananda Maharaj, who died at 106, as proof.
Photo: Spirit and body arts via Facebook
Besides the stretch’s supposed life-extending benefits, some netizens reckoned that the malleable MTR passenger could also have the answer to Hong Kong’s housing problem, stating that he would have no problem fitting into cramped spaces. Too bad he’s the exception rather than the rule, right?