Long week-end trip in Hong-Kong
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We’re sure of one thing, we’ll grab all the opportunites while in Bangalore to continue to explore the rest of Asia! So we took advantage of a long weekend (thanks Gandhi day) to dive into crazy Hong-Kong.
We were waiting for a skyscrapers city, modern, with a strong Chinese flavour. Finally, we felt that, many times, Hong-Kong was more authentic than what we’ve seen in Shanghai and even Beijing. As in mainland China, almost every heritage from the past has been unfortunately destroyed to put space for the new, and HK is continously fighting for space… Buildings are higher and higher and so concentrated that New-York, if we compare feels like low and airy. But what we really loved is that at feet of those buildings (which are far from being all in good shape), we found a bustling and fascinating urban life: a myriad of markets full of products so fresh that they are even still living (with the most suprising fat toads on top of each eathers in a cage), street food stalls, giant picnics everywhere in the city on sundays (we understood later on that those picnics were actually specially done by all the indonesian and philippine maids of the city during their weekly day off…). So it’s a pretty lively city without the chao we’re so used in India. The sea playing a central role in the city (which is actually made of different islands) and the green mountain so near are also adding a “drama” to this urban landscape.
On the other side, Hong-Kong is definitely a global city. Everything is translated in English and we’ve never met more expats in the world before. Hong-Kong is also supposed to be part of China but we witnessed demonstrations with pretty direct words against central government of China: “communist=lies+violence”! Not sure we can see that in mainland China! As we visited the city during the “mid-automn” festival, we had the chance to attend different dragon parades (sometimes fire dragons!), some shows made for Chinese officials and a very quite business district during those 4 days.
4 exciting days that we’ve spent being surprised and amazed, walking, being intoxicated, eating, feeling exhausted, looking in the sky, tasting, admiring, wandering… So you may have guessed it, we LOVED HK!
And we even took enough footage to edit a video of this trip here: