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Old 01-14-2013, 01:42 AM
 
Location: Macao
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What do you think of, when you think of HONG KONG?

I don't have strong images like when I think of 'Japan' or 'Korea' or 'Thailand'.

For Hong Kong, I tend to think of the landscape more than anything. Skycrapers and mountains and a bay.

I don't have much imagery that comes up in mind with popular culture or any culture. Maybe Jackie Chan, neon lights, and Blade Runner scenes. Nothing too current though, within the last decade or two. Are there more current cultural things I should be thinking about?

How about you?
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Old 01-14-2013, 01:56 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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For many years Hong Kong was the most famous city in the Far East. It was almost a byword for the Orient. It's one of the most depicted cities in old movies.

That's why in my mind there are many Hong Kong's. There's the current Hong Kong with it's towering skyline, neon lights, with Victoria peak in the background, the quaint Hong Kong of old with junks, sampans, floating villages, old marketplaces, dilapidated old houses. I imagine the hustle and bustle, those vertical signs, the sound of street vendors selling their wares.

I think HK is one of the most evocative cities in the world. There's something a bit more organic, colourful about it compared to Tokyo.
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Old 01-14-2013, 02:02 AM
 
Location: Macao
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For many years Hong Kong was the most famous city in the Far East. It was almost a byword for the Orient. It's one of the most depicted cities in old movies.

That's why in my mind there are many Hong Kong's. There's the current Hong Kong with it's towering skyline, neon lights, with Victoria peak in the background, the quaint Hong Kong of old with junks, sampans, floating villages, old marketplaces, dilapidated old houses. I imagine the hustle and bustle, those vertical signs, the sound of street vendors selling their wares.

I think HK is one of the most evocative cities in the world. There's something a bit more organic, colourful about it compared to Tokyo.
I do agree with all of those things.

I do wonder if being that you are in Australia...i.e. British commonwealth...that Hong Kong has that symbol of representing 'The East'?

I've always had a big mix of Asian countries which vaguely represented East to me. I guess they would be Hong Kong, China, Japan, and Vietnam. The first time I visited Vietnam, I just really really felt I was in the 'Asia' of my childhood imagination. Wondering if it's from my own American background of all those Vietnam War movies and such though.
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Old 01-14-2013, 05:16 AM
 
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I associate Hong Kong with skyscrapers and inexpensive tailored clothing (which was my sister purchased there when she visited Hong Kong many years ago.).
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Old 01-14-2013, 06:18 AM
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Location: Malaysia & Singapore
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Skyscrapers, high society, billionaires, rolls royces, dimsums, junk ships, celebrities
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Old 01-14-2013, 06:51 AM
 
Location: Charlotte North Carolina
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shopping
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Old 01-14-2013, 08:16 AM
 
Location: In the heights
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I think of a lot of movies I saw growing up and then skyscrapers close to water and verdant mountains.
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Old 01-14-2013, 09:15 PM
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Gambling and awesome toys back then.
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Old 01-15-2013, 08:41 PM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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I immediately think of my favorite skyscraper in the world stationed there: the Bank of China tower with those myriad triangles. Been to Hong Kong 2X now, 2nd time only to see that building one more time! And I want to stop there again and see it a third time!

Can I have my ashes spread around that building? Please?
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Old 01-15-2013, 08:56 PM
 
Location: Columbus, Ohio
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Tea, lights, buildings and Chinese people with British accents.
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