Asia | Hong Kong | Hong Kong – Hong Kong – Gadgets and Skyscrapers
Hong Kong is renowned for its technology but until your here you can’t really comprehend the enormity of it. It seems everyone has a phone attached to their ear, or a digital camera round their wrist. Nathan Road in Kowloon, the main tourist shopping area, is lined with shops stocking the latest gadgets. Imagine Tottenham Court Road, times that by three, add some Neon lights and you get the picture. Prices vary enormously so you soon end up more confused than when you first started looking. Perhaps that’s the idea, clever marketing to con the tourists out of money? Abound are horror stories of that bargain purchase turning out to be either the wrong item, or not compatible once your back home. The saying “Nothing’s for free” certainly seems to ring true.
We soon discovered the locals steer well clear, instead heading up to Tsim Sha Tsui or Mong Kok. Shopping really is the locals favourite past time and Friday night is heaving with young people plying the markets for their fix. They say if it’s available in the world you can get it in Hong Kong, a shopholics paradise! I on the other hand managed to restrain myself, having already accumulated more gadgets than a girl needs.
I’m not surprised that technology is getting smaller, the Chinese certainly know how to cram a lot into a tiny space. On Hong Kong Island, skyscrapers upon skyscraper line the streets, like trees in a dense forest fighting to reach the sun. Reflections from the glass give an illusion of space so it doesn’t feel too claustrophobic, however saying that I don’t think I’d like to work in one. Where there’s not skyscrapers there’s tower blocks, some of which must be at least 60 stories high. How do these people live happily in them, each apartment looks so small? Perhaps the views combined with the water surrounding Hong Kong have a calming effect so they don’t even think about it? If that’s the case I wonder if apartments on the lower floors are cheaper than the ones at the top?