Salt in the Wound

Salt in the Wound is a mission given to Huang Lee by Wade Heston in Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars. It serves as the climax to the game.

Salt in the Wound
Huang and Wade confronting the real rat.
Huang and Wade confronting the real rat.

Huang and Wade confronting the real rat.
Game GTA Chinatown Wars
For Wade Heston
Unlocks Deadly Xin
Unlocked by Hit from the Tong
Clear the Pier


Huang Lee and Wade Heston drive to the deal where it is said Huang will find who stole his father's sword. Once he arrives, he learns that his uncle, Wu Lee stole the sword and murdered his father. Kenny tries to explain, but Huang has none of it. Then officers of the law show, and Kenny, Huang and Wade are forced to make a hasty retreat. Huang chases Kenny through the desalination plant, killing many of his goons on the way, followed by a boat chase, pursuing Kenny and killing more goons. Upon reaching the shore, it becomes a car chase, until Kenny stops in front of Hsin Jaoming's penthouse, triggering a cutscene in a room with a fountain in the middle. Hsin demands the Yu Jian back, and Kenny ironically gives it to him by stabbing him. Huang challenges Kenny, and they fight. Once Wu Lee is dead, the LCPD arrive and threaten to arrest everyone. Heston yells at them that this was his bust, and to arrest everyone except Huang.


Drive to the meet with Heston. When you arrive and discover Wu Lee's conspiracy, the police show up. Don't waste your health, time, and bullets killing the police and goons, just run through them to the other side. Chase Kenny through the industrial park. You don't have to rush, Kenny's not leaving until you do. Soon after, a goon with a rocket launcher will appear. Take cover, and if you are equipped with a rocket launcher, it is easiest to blast him with it. When you reach the end, Wu Lee jumps into a boat, so Wade steals a Cruiser with you riding shotgun armed with a minigun. Chase him through the waters, killing several of his goons. You will soon reach land where Kenny grabs a car and speeds off. Do the same. Make sure you stick with him - he goes fast. Kenny finally stops at Hsin Jaoming's house where you enter his home to a very angry Wu Lee blaming Hsin for this. Hsin denies it, and demands for the Yu Jian. Kenny's version of giving it to him is saying "You want it? HERE!" and comically stabbing Hsin with the sword. He then addresses his nephew and Huang is determined to see the end of the man who killed his father - even if it is his own uncle. A great battle between the two breaks out. Be sure to keep your distance from Wu Lee, he will use the sword and that is almost certain death if he gets to you. When Kenny is dead, the LCPD show up again to arrest everyone, thankfully Wade Heston steps in and says that this was his bust, and to arrest everyone, except Huang.


Heston: IAD are right on my ass. We don't have much time.

Huang: I thought you'd given up on this game and were retiring?

Heston: So did I... but I told you already. I've got my reason.

Huang: ... You never told me what it was.

Heston: ... My wife... Before I screwed up my career, this guys assassins trailed my car and tried to kill me. Only, it wasn't me in the car...

Huang: Your wife! Give me a break.

Heston: Okay, it's bullshit, but it sounded good. I'll put that in the movie script. I can't retire without landing one good bust. So we can't kill this motherfucker. Come on. Either that or I'm looking at retirement in a cell. And trust me, everyone LOVES a bent cop in prison... C'mon. My lying FIB contact is meeting up... with the real Wonsu boss at the desalinization plant. Let's get over there.

(Huang and Wade reach the plant.)

Heston: There they are! The Assassin's boss and my FIB contact! We've got them at last! C'mon!

Huang: ...He looks ...familiar.

Heston: FREEZE!

Huang: ... Uncle!

Kenny: Huang... I... I can explain. I know it looks bad, but...

Heston: Don't even try to lie your way out of this, asshole!

Huang: You killed my father. I knew your were a creep, but your own brother!

Kenny: It was a necessary and honorable sacrifice. I cried for many moons over that one.

Huang: Stop with the phony kung fu dialogue, you low life piece of shit. Just so you could be leader?

Kenny: I've protected you throughout all of this. You should be thanking me. I understand these events are complicated for the mind of one so young, but I forgive you.

Huang: Shut up, you pompous porn loving jerk.

Heston: You're under arrest, you son-of-a-bitch!

Kenny: I think not... GUARDS!

IAD: IAD. Nobody move! Put your weapons down! Officer Heston, we're taking you in!

FIB: FIB! Hands in the air! ALL of you assholes are under arrest!

(Huang, Wade and Kenny escape the ensuing gun fight.)

Heston: Your uncle's gonna get away!

Huang: This place is like a maze. Which way did he go?

Heston: You go that way- I'll check up here.

(At the control platform.)

Heston: We need to get the exit gate open- I'll check out those controls up ahead.

(Opening the gates.)

Heston: ... Got it! The gate's open! Not bad for an ex-freebasing, alcoholic, bent cop.

(Boarding the boat.)

Heston: Your loving uncle's getting away! ... I'll take the wheel- you nail any scum that gets in our way!

(At Hsin's residence.)

Kenny: HSIN! This is your fault! Huang... Huang is going to kill me. But, I'll make sure you die first, you old lizard!

Hsin: Kill him Huang! He... he murdered your father!

Kenny: It was YOUR test of loyalty! You ordered me to take the sword, knowing my brother would have to die for me to claim it! If I'd refused, it would have been over for me.

Hsin: Had you just brought me the sword you would have become the next Triad boss.

Kenny: From behind the figurehead of your idiot son! Have him take credit for my leadership?.. NEVER!

Hsin: ... You!... You had the sword stolen from Huang so you wouldn't have to accept the fate I allotted you! ...Then you bleated to the Feds and had Chan and Zhou blamed so no one stood in your path to succeed me! ...You deceitful criminal! And your dialogue is weak and uninspiring.

Kenny: Still want my brother's sword, Hsin? Here- TAKE IT!

(Kenny slashes Hsin with Yu Jian.)

Huang: Where's the noble honor now, Uncle?

Kenny: I'm sorry Huang, you were never supposed to find out- please understand, I had no choice... I'm a good man put in a difficult situation by a cruel fate.

Huang: Choice? I swore on my father's grave I would kill the man responsible for his death I have a choice now?

Kenny: ...No... You should honor your father's memory. And by the way, your father was a real jerk. I'm glad I killed him.

Hsin: He's mad! He means to kill us all! ...Save ME Huang!

(Huang kills Kenny.)

Hsin: Let us grieve together for those we have lost Huang... The Triads need a leader. It could be you... if you are truly loyal... ...perhaps a little test?


Heston: This is MY collar! ...this is my bust!


Heston: I'm detective Wade Heston! LCPD undercover! this is my bust! Shut the fuck up and relax. Everybody. Hsin Jaoming, you're under arrest for... well, I guess I'll think of something really heavy on the way to the station. Take him away.

Cop: Yes Sir!

Heston: Hell, you might as well take in everyone in this place... ...except Huang. He's a good kid, for a rich snot.

Mission Replay description

"Kenny was behind everything: all so he could take over the Triads in Liberty City.

Though, it was Hsin's prompting that pushed him into it.

It's over now ... I think I won ... it just feels like I lost - and I still didn't get laid. This city sucks."


  • It is possible to skip almost all of the missions and play through this mission, using an exploit discovered by Jordan 'Greenalink' Greener on the Nintendo DS version.[1]