Hongkongers’ Daily

Ah Hong Kong, you are surely the Jackson Pollock of the cityscapes! With 7.4 million people crammed together, each of us contributing to express ourselves: gossiping, smiling, yelling, laughing, burping, staring blankly, discussing politics, trading, building, celebrating. All of these activities somehow blend into one unique city noise, accompanied by the rhythm of the Ding Ding.

However many times I walk over you, dodging the bamboo scaffolds at every construction site, avoiding a multitude of people coming from different countries and walks of life, I will never feel tired. The distraction, the curiosity is imprinted in my memories.Walking through the streets of Hong Kong offers a sense of wonder. Has civilization evolved much since the 1900s? The chaotic arrangement of goods, the random mix of storefronts, the friendly newspaper stands, the bamboo scaffolds, the neon signs, all seem unchanged from many years ago.

On the other hand, at each moment the same place can feel uniquely different. As time passes, people shuffle across. The change in weather and seasons each paint a scene of its own, depicting both the everyday chaos and the calmest moment after a rainstorm.This fast-paced, efficient metropolis nonetheless retains its culture and festivities, allowing myself as a Chinese descendent to reminisce the celebration of the local Festivals. Civilization has embedded harmoniously within the natural landscape and it never ceases to amaze me the close proximity of the mountains to the front doors of tall skyscrapers.

The moment I step outside in the humidity of Hong Kong, I immerse myself among the masses of people, and yet, I feel somehow restful and at home.


Star Ferry

Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, 2018

Banyan Trees

Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, 2019

17:57 Tai Chi Class

Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 2018

Bamboo Theatre

Saikung, Hong Kong, 2018

Alibaba's Cave

Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 2018

Grocery Store

Quarry Bay, Hong Kong, 2019

Seafood Buffet

Saikung, Hong Kong, 2018

Sampan Boat

Saikung, Hong Kong, 2018

Urban Decay

Quarry Bay, Hong Kong, 2018

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