Mind Your Head

Posted: Aug 22, 2003 4:09:30 PM
Hong Kong

Mind Your Head. It seems to be written everywhere, and I have no idea why. The solid surfaces to which this sign is attached are invariably well out of the reach of anyone not seven feet tall, and given that I am able to see over the heads of most of the crowd I'm not sure who it's actually aimed at.

Anyway, the drive from Palmerston North to Wellington and the flights from Wellington to Auckland and Auckland to Hong Kong went well: I was seated next to the stereotypical 'businessman with unfortunate body odour' on the flight to Hong Kong, but thankfully he moved to a different seat once we left New Zealand, so I could stretch out and watch Papua New Guinea drift past below us.

Hong Kong is very warm, and very humid; it's typhoon season though, so I guess that is to be expected. Transferring from the airport to the hotel showed me three things of interest:

1. You are not allowed to build a single skyscraper unless it is very distinctive (like the Bank of China building pictured here). Almost every large building here is replicated two-, three-, or (in at least one case) fourteen-fold. Why mess with something that works?

2. They're going to keep building in the same direction. I counted no less than three dozen half-finished skyscrapers on the transfer, each with a massive crane sticking out of the top.

3. The longest suspension bridge in the world is very cool.

After settling in I went exporing Kowloon - Nathan Road is something else, I'm telling you! Signs like 'Yuppie Karaoke' made my day. Also had a look through the Temple Street Night Market, which was full of fake watches and Cantonese opera (they make a profit by charging people who want to take photos or video). I'm going on a tour of Hong Kong Island tomorrow, and then I'll see what else I can explore around Kowloon (I hear there's one or two decent museums hereabouts...).

I'm thinking of you guys, and I'll post another report in a few days' time.


Comments:

Peter   Aug 22, 2003 4:42:37 PM

Nice report, Damon, I am certainly waiting for more :)

I hope you can find net access wherever you go, so we can keep track of your progress and experiences. And post stupid comments, of course ;)

I'll probably add a hidden report to post some stuff regarding Turkey and Europe...

Harlequina   Aug 22, 2003 4:53:39 PM

You went all the way to Hong Kong to see a still from an 80s Sega ad? ;D

Peter   Aug 22, 2003 4:55:21 PM

As they say, there's no accounting for some people's taste.

But who cares as long as they're harmless and having fun... ;)

Selena   Aug 22, 2003 5:00:13 PM

Cool, Damon! I'm even more jealous now that you're actually on your way, getting to see cool stuff! :D

Glad you had a good start to your journey. Will be looking forward to the rest of your reports! :)

Bosco   Aug 23, 2003 1:33:01 AM

So spiffy, so exciting! *pines mightily* Maybe the watch your head sign was a warning against losing your head in all the excitement, thus an admonition to watch it makes sense given that Hong Kong is rife with pickpockets.

Charlotte   Aug 23, 2003 1:48:14 AM

*chuckles* He he! Smelly business man eh? Only one step up from an incontinent old man! Talk about comments coming back to haunt you. On my flight to Japan the woman sitting next to me was petrified of flying. Every time we hit some turbulence her fingers took a death grip on my arm!

Japan has 'mind your head' signs on escalators: they don't put the signs in sensible places, like low doorways, where unsuspecting gaijin can walk into them.

Glad to here that you arrived safely and I'm looking forward to hearing more about your trip!

Charlotte   Aug 23, 2003 1:49:24 AM

Nyah! Spelling!

Morgan   Aug 23, 2003 2:54:23 AM

Thanks for the report Damon. Is this where I grade you?

I'm printing these out so "the family" can read them. Keep up the good work.

Peter (admin)   Aug 23, 2003 10:48:59 AM

There will be a couple of short outages today, when I move part of the equipment back to it's normal place (which has been painted yesterday...). If everything goes well, they'll be far too short to notice.

Sorry for the inconvenience,

Peter

Peter (admin)   Aug 23, 2003 10:50:41 AM

In unrelated news:

The host for the domain entry of www.damon.co.nz (www.registerdirect.co.nz) still seems to be down every now and then. Please try www.ingelen.at/damon instead, if you can't reach the site.

Nothing Damon or I can do about that :(


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