Hong Kong and the D

well, after a long vacation it’s good to be home in the D… perhaps one of the best parts of my trip was the time spent in Hong Kong… it was interesting to compare and contrast it to my hometown… however, apparently, the weather isn’t much different… it’s hot and humid over there too!!!

much like the D, Hong Kong consists mostly of one ethnicity and is then sprinkled with handfuls of other ones throughout… discrimination does take place, but to a much lesser extent and on a totally different level… basically, if you’re a tourist or a westerner, you get priority and top treatment…

architecturally speaking, the contrast between Hong Kong and the D is very interesting… here in Detroit, the buildings are older, coming from the Art Deco era and are very beautiful and filled with lots of character… in Hong Kong, all the buildings are new and really really modern… i didn’t think i’d like them much, but really, they are incredible to see and some of the designs are quite fantastic…

hongkongpeak.jpg

the greatest contrast between the two cities that i could see was the mass transit… Hong Kong’s mass transit was beyond incredible… the city provided you with 7 different types of mass transit (subway, taxi, bus, double-decker bus, minibus, trolley and ferry) and allowed you to pay for any of them with a sort of debit card that you could refill however often you needed… we all know that mass transit is virtually non-existent here in the D, but hopefully that’s something that’ll change…

i highly recommend visiting Hong Kong, even if you don’t speak Mandarin or Cantonese… they’re still a lot of influence from when it was under British control, all the signs have English on them and most people understand at least a little bit of English… also, Hong Kong is like one big shopping mall… as long as your walking the streets of Hong Kong, you always have the chance to shop…

still, as i woke up early this morning… i took a drive down Woodward to see the best parts of my favorite town… i love the D and nothing will ever change that… for me, nothing can take the place of places like the riverfront, Campus Martius and buildings like the Guardian, Penobscot and RenCen…it’s just home, and you can’t beat home…

2 Comments so far

  1. Girl in the D (unregistered) on July 17th, 2006 @ 1:27 pm

    Glad to have you back, Baliad, and thanks for all the info. on Hong Kong. I’ve never been there but it’s definitely on my “want to travel to” list, especially after reading your post.


  2. baliad (unregistered) on July 18th, 2006 @ 7:32 am

    pics from my trip are on my flickr site…

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/baliad/



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