Between the bookends of the world’s most breathtaking skyline lies a throbbing abundance of life on the streets and a multitude of human beings routinely ensuring the city continues to churn. My second trip of 3 days in Hong Kong, and I am still amazed at this city of sky-rise buildings on an island. How did the engineers design such a mad man-made creation, and how does the city survive, failing to collapse into the bay below?
Hong Kong is a premier business district of the world and many roll around in their finest garments to sky-rise cubicle jobs by day. By night they go out for a few overpriced dinner cocktails or if the day was particularly stressful a couple of alcoholic shooters.
At the crack of dawn, family owned restaurants, vegetable market stalls, meat butchers, corner convenience stores, and stores full of odds and ends, open their shutters and add to the business mingle on the streets..
To make everything possible, construction workers with the help of bamboo poles fix things to code and keep the city hopefully from collapsing.
Though my budget and lifestyle doesn’t allow for a lengthy stay in the density of Hong Kong, I do enjoy a whirlwind walk, and a helter-skelter of wandering through the streets of Hong Kong.
Hordes of humans muster and then move together in a clump, a few leading but most following.
Amongst the bustle, there’s always a time to lay back, pause and take a break.
If you choose to not focus on a single thing amidst the flurry, vision becomes blurry and all the movement of the city and the lights blend together into a kaleidoscope of colors and motion.
Though many techniques have replaced traditional methods, nothing artificial has proved better than centuries old bamboo scaffolding.
At the base and in between ultra-modern glass buildings is an opportunity for people to supply food to the masses.
Hong Kong takes advertising to absurd levels, especially with designer brands. Even the most lowly nomad is slightly influenced and fights the need of a little designer wear…
Hanging clothes and drab building conditions make the Chungking Mansions Hong Kong contrast with the modern glass skyscrapers.
Pausing in the middle of Mongkok is like a a motion painting where a million people pass by, determined to do whatever is on their mind.
An oxtail snakes into the path of thousands of people, waiting to be bought up and made into a delicious ox-tail stew.
Having done construction in the United States, I always feel a little bit of pity for those who do construction in the tiniest of spaces or renovate in frightening conditions.
Cramming 7 million people together is a recipe for unique ideas, business strategies, and an international culture. A walk through the streets of Hong Kong is an exhilarating experience. As the city flurries, take a moment to observe as things pass by at a rapid pace.