Mind Your HeadPosted: Aug 22, 2003 4:09:30 PM
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.
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