Monday, 3 January 2011
I Miss Hong Kong
I've been to Hong Kong only once, and only for a small number of days. Three? Four? Five? I cannot remember. Recently, I've been overcome with a sudden feeling of longing for Hong Kong. I'm not sure what brought it on – probably the time of the year. Around this time last year I was in Hong Kong. It was my hope to go travel somewhere again, but because of a friend's wedding this coming weekend and an otherwise tighter budget, I decided not to go anywhere, apart, of course, from my annual South Africa visit coming up. Still, I really miss Hong Kong. I would never have thought that I'd miss a place that I've been to for only a couple of days. Then again, why not? If I can love people within hours upon meeting them, growing affectionate towards a place within a couple of days is not that far fetched.
So what is it about Hong Kong that I like? Firstly, I would say, it is the rustic charm mixed with modern development. Hong Kong has a steam punk quality to it. Also, Hong Kong reminded me of parts of South Africa, particularly Durban, KwaZulu Natal. It is a multicultural blend of Oriental, Occidental and African; China, England and Nigeria. The weather as well, reminded me of KwaZulu Natal.
My previous visit to Hong Kong was far too short. I definitely need to return there soon, although I don't know when I will have the opportunity again. My probable schedule for this year is quite busy already. In the meantime I'm trying to quench my Hong Kong thirst with some Hong Kong films. Last night I watched Jackie Chan's New Police Story and tonight, Internal Affairs. I'm suspecting that it is just making my longing for Hong Kong greater.