January 21, 2004

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X-ing (crossing) town is always a demonstration all that makes up HK. Passing the banks crammed with people getting fresh banknotes to give as lai see (lucky money); getting onto the crowded trains advertising milk ("Drunk by China's astronauts!"); pushing one's way through the hordes in the markets at Mongkok. Hong Kong is not a good place for agrophobes and claustraphobes. The concerntration of people is difficult to cope with even if you don't suffer from either of those conditions. It is the constant nudging, hassling, prodding, manhandling. I can't get used to it and I don't think I ever will.

That said, I got my watches back.

posted by Simon on 01.21.04 at 03:14 PM in the


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Hong Kong is an acqired taste in many ways. Initial impressions of the frenetic bustling fun gives way to jaded frustration on a bad day.

On the whole I find the pluses more than the minuses but then I don't live there. The contrasts to Australian life are huge but I wouldn't have it any other way.

Note that there doesn't seem to be nearly as many people there as when I visited when I was 6 or 7 years old. Certainly my parents feel its less crowded / busy now.

posted by: Andrew on 01.21.04 at 05:16 PM [permalink]

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