Sep
12

First post from HK

Here is my first photo from Hong Kong. I’ll upload more as soon as I get time.

Hong Kong at night

*update(15/09/06): Hong Kong is now behind me. Im now sitting in a stuffy dark room in the boiling heat of Guangzhou. The traffic outside is pretty loud and Im pretty sure I could do with a shower right now. I remember hearing stories about people in China spending days or even weeks at a time playing games and escaping from reality in Internet cafes. The two guys next to me are playing Counter Strike, as are many of the other people here. I think probably more than half the people here are gaming. In Hong Kong I was stunned by the obsession with gadgets like mobile phones and hand held gaming devices. Amazingly, you can sit on the underground and chat away on the phone with no interruption of service at all, and of course everybody does.

Being a tourist in Hong Kong makes you stand out. I met eyes with a wiry haired traveller on the tube for a second. He was sitting quietly, wide eyed and looking thoughtful. Something about this state of “doing nothing” made him stand out much more than his appearance.

The city is beautiful, although quite polluted. The weather has been quite bad for me and luckily it did not spoil the wedding of my friends (although it was a close call). The bad air does not stop one from enjoying the spectacular view from Victoria peak. Alpha and Kristie took me there before it got dark and we watched the lightshow (performed every evening) from a restaurant overlooking the bay. The peak is not the best place to see the light show as it is aimed at observers on the Kowloon side of the city, but it certainly provides one of the best city views Ive ever seen.

Alpha and Kristie are off to Japan for their honeymoon, so we parted ways this morning. Now I am just killing a few hours before taking an 8 hour bus ride to Guilin. A sharply dressed businessman helped me find the Internet cafe after being suspiciously friendly to me. My paranoia is exhausting me, but it pays to be paranoid, especially of people claiming to be in the “precious stone” industry, eager to exchange contact details.

The next stop for me is the Li river. It is famous for its sharp, triangular mountains and spectacular scenery. Im hoping to upload some pictures in my next post.

One final note. This is the first country in the world I’ve been to where I’ve been so unable to communicate. I managed to order a lemon tea in Mandarin (feeling rather silly about it actually), but I accidentally ordered a family sized banquet for myself whilst trying to order a snack 🙂 I will say bye bye now, and hope to receive some comments.

ps. The guy next to me just got nailed in Counter Strike……

4 Responses to “First post from HK”

  1. KiKi says:

    Nice picture!!! =) It’s sooooooooooo beautiful!!!

  2. Sabrina says:

    Hi James,
    Hope that you are doing fine.
    I have found a course online to learn the guitar and want to get the grip of it.
    Will really need to start before you come back.
    How is life treating you?
    Where are you now?
    Big hugs and kisses,
    Saby

  3. jim says:

    Life is treating me well, although Im a little behind schedule. Im still in Hong Kong actually. Tomorrow morning Im taking the train to Guangzhou and then to Guilin where I’ll be taking a boat down the Li river. Photos will be posted.
    Great news with the guitar 🙂 Take care.

  4. Stefan Wagner says:

    Hi James,
    yes i think i know how you feel when you are not able to communicate.
    I am here in Nice and the beginning was hard for me because of my poor french.
    But actually i am starting to get used to things. France is not that far away from Germany, but its quite different. I will soon open a small own Blog, put in a few milestones of my stay here and send the link to you and the others.
    greetings
    Stefan