Crowded Attractions


It’s our nature of many Hong Kongers to go with the trend, do what others do. From the hoax of salt that could prevent radiation during the tsunami, I saw how people react and fight for the last bag of salt in many supermarkets for a few days. We can’t afford to lose opportunities. And many of our younger generations are increased to the level of connected to the social networks. Our TV stations (or actually just one main channel among no more than 5 cantonese channels) are not producing inspiring programs let alone how lousy some of the night time dramas can be. Our window to the world becomes faster but perhaps narrower.

Our news are increasingly localized to cater the mass audience’s appetite. Newspapers influences people’s minds. Politicians may stir up the facts not being subjective and hindering the good of Hong Kong people. Now if the audience do not know the facts and hear one version of opinion, he/she is going to believe what has been told. That’s how we receive news daily. We’re less connected when we’re social connected.

We’re sensitive to the little things, when it’s mentioned by your friends, the news, the social networks. Things stir up and escalate into something else. The Hong Kong Government is extremely terrible in doing long term strategic planning. It’s a known fact that we’re reaching the full capacity of hosting tourists (especially from Mainland) on some districts. Tsim Sha Tsui/Causeway Bay are namely the two common locations for tourists do their shopping. It’s a common scene for them to line up to enter the Luxury clothing shops. We can easily see how crowded on some subway stations, it’s especially worse during rush hours. Not only human are packed into the platforms and trains, but also suitcases. There were folks pissed about the tourists from Mainland and founded an anti-mainland tourist movement. I personally think that the movement is way over the line. However, we must face the fact that Hong Kong is really lacking of tourist attractions. I even avoid visiting some part of the city to prevent any inconvenience for myself and my significant other.

When someone sees rare sakura blossoms in HK, we take ferry travel to an island just to see a small tree with it. When there’re maple leaves, we travel hours and jog up to the mountain to photograph as a momento. One photo posted on the social network and spreads like mad disease makes them also wants to own that momento. It may sound silly already. Couples flock to those scenes when it’s really not a scene we all imagined from others’ photographs. I was one to be disappointed. If I think deeper, I realize it’s because we the people wish to see “new things” we don’t ever see here. I’m for one who’s into zoo and wild animals. I’d like to see a zoo built in the city. Governments must consider facilities not only for the tourists but also for the locals.

Our society is facing the issue of aging population. Singles are not getting married. How are people going to date without sufficient meeting spots, hangout places, spectacular atmospheric experiences? Families are considering not giving birth. How is our next generation going to have their children without quality public spaces? It’s so complicated, all we could do is hope; and our fate is left for the politicians and governments to decide.

Come for just one tree
Maple leaves
Meeting in the dock

These’re odd set of photos taken when I was hanging out with my significant other, moments to remember so to speak. It touches my feeling to the city lately… I’m displeased and so I get not much inspiration lately. It’ll really slow down my pace in capturing what I feel in the city.

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