Weekend in Hong Kong

My school took its summer vacation over the past few days, so I decided to take advantage of the long weekend and make a little side trip to Hong Kong. The city is actually MORE crowded than Seoul (if such a thing is possible) but has a very international “feel” to it that I really got a kick out of. Many of the locals seem to speak English and there’s a very large expat population (particularly British – I seemed to spot Brits everywhere). The city also has one of the prettiest skylines in the world, particularly at night.

Hong Kong island - taken from Kowloon side

Walking down the street alone was kind of an assault on the senses. Below is a typical example, lots of loud neon signs over a very congested street. The air-con window units you see stick out of every window, and many drip rather massive amounts of condensation onto the sidewalk below. After a while, I felt like I needed an umbrella! The scaffolding in the upper-left corner is bamboo, which is another very common sight.

Kowloon Street Scene

Here’s a picture of an apartment block near where I was staying. The clothes hanging out the window was rather interesting – I don’t think I’d like leaning out the window to fetch laundry if I was 20+ floors up! I’m assuming this is due to space limitations; hang-drying is common in Korea as well, but most apartments are large enough to allow it to be done indoors.

Typical Hong Kong apartment block

~ by theuncommonlife on August 3, 2010.

One Response to “Weekend in Hong Kong”

  1. Hello!

    This post made it into the Weekly State Department Blog RoundUp! Check it out over at http://www.TheLifeDiplomatic.com.

    Have a great weekend!
    -Andrew

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