Kowloon Neon

As the weather is wont to do whenever and wherever Katie and I travel, it started raining today in Hong Kong. The upside is that we were in Kowloon for most of the day, home to many a fine neon sign, and nothing shines brighter than neon in the rain.

I will get into some more narrative driven posts again soon, but for now here are some more pretty pics.

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Most shots are from or around Nathan Rd.

Living in colors: Hong Kong

I am simply amazed by the verticality of Hong Kong. We have basically done nothing but walk around since getting here, and the staggering height of the apartment buildings has been an obsession of my eyes (and camera) the whole time. I keep thinking it is a tick of the geography (this place is built on an incline) but it isn’t, they are really that tall. Today however I was doubly struck by the colors, primary blocks here, solid monoliths there, sister buildings twins but for their accents, most muted by sun or design pretending to fit in with its fellows.
Anyway, here are a bunch of pics:

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Climbing Hong Kong

Today is the first day of Chinese New Year. Lots of businesses are closed, but not everything. We woke up late to the sound of karaoke downstairs. No firecrackers here, apparently they are illegal. It’s actually weird that I still haven’t heard any, because they are ubiquitous in San Francisco’s Chinatown during this time.

We went out to explore and ended up at the escalator that they built in the Central district for commuters who live up the hill, in the “midlevels”. Most of the time the escalator runs up, except for a few hours during the morning commute. James rode it all the way up…and I climbed the stairs that run next to it! Awesome way to get some exercise in.

There were plenty of people out – families walking around, some looking happy and some looking like they’d already had enough family time. More restaurants than we expected were open and at lunchtime most were quite busy. We had our favorite cheap meal – kebabs! Things are veryย expensive here; we paid over $20 in U.S. dollars for two pints of beer in a pub the other night. But kebabs were only HK $40-50 (about US $5-6).

I took a ton of photos as we progressed up the hill. This city is so vertical. In some ways it reminds me of San Francisco – especially all these hills. But everything in Hong Kong is bigger, taller, more. Can you imagine if they built an escalator like this up Nob Hill or Russian Hill?