Monday, November 30, 2009

Hong Kong – First Impressions

This place is tall.

I am on the seventeenth floor and there is a road above my window.

It's a technologically advance place, maybe one of the most on the planet, but they still have old style ring pulls on drinks cans, how 1980's

The supermarkets have lots of greens.

My chop stick skills led to a fork been brought to my table.

Two of my best shirts have splatters from dumplings or chicken legs plopping back down into soup or curry.

The roads don't seem very bike friendly.

The satellite villages have sky scrappers, cloud itchers.

The beer is good and cheap.

Concrete, so many small, tall apartment blocks. Every bit of flat land expanded upwards.

My washing detergent won all the independent tests apart from 'milk/blood'.

Christmas mania.

Roaring, flaming cooking fires, flash cook beautiful fish.

Bustling market, fake, cheap copies.

Car horn impatience.

Gambling island Las Vegas.

Portuguese mo pad, yellow and red building influence.

Long working hours. Silent lift accents.

Pollution burning lungs, underground the world on the MTR.


  1. :)

    I like the way it looks on the screen.
    Clear and simple.

  2. Makes me understand what it's like to be are brave.

  3. BLOOD???! (she screamed.. in mild panic..)

  4. Hi Mark

    If I may say so, you haven't even scratched the surface. There is so much to discover, even for someone like me who has lived in HK, on and off, since 1974. I still see things that surprise me almost every day.

    "The roads don't seem very bike friendly."

    You like cycling? Take the MTR East Rail to Tai Wai and hire a bike for the day. There is a vast network of dedicated cycle tracks that will take you through Shatin to Taipo and Ma On Shan and beyond. Warning: don't do this on a Sunday. If you do, you'll know what I mean.

    Chinese New Year on the 14th. Looking forward to it. Better than Xmas. Make sure you get in position early for the fireworks on the 15th.

    And if you want to know where to get the best chow mein in HK, just let me know.

    Welcome to Hong Kong.