Between Hong Kong and China

Photography

Hong Kong was once the British Colony. For better or worse, the British governance and the hard working DNA of the Hong Kong people had made this place special. For those who were born before the Handover would know that the political friction between parties was never like what we’re seeing now. The definition of Colony was never an ugly word for most people here. We took it granted to the greatest level. And the fact is that Hong Kong was never governed by a Governor. They had a full team working off-shore back in the Great Britain to support the all the previous governors (as far as I heard from some professor on TV). Right after the handover, there’s never a back up team to support the highest leader ‘Chief Executive’. We are on our own so to speak. We make our own fate. The future is on our own or there isn’t.

The national anthems were played on both nations before the the World Cup matches begin. Players, coaches, and the audience sang on top of their lungs for their nations. What does the national anthem mean to their people? Just to see from the sport event perspective, it shows how loyal you’re to the country. You were born under the nation and you represent the nation. The Chilean and Brazilian national anthem were the two amongst memorable ones. They sounded like battle chants to me, really drew the adrenaline for everyone.

While China to us is like our original parents (Britain as our foster parents), it’s a bittersweet thing between us and the Mainland. Whether we like it or not, we do not get to choose. They’re still undergoing development, not as civilized in most part of the country but they got lots of world achievements such as hosting the Olympics, World Expo…What’s more is that, It’s still a communist country, the undeniable cultural shock. We just don’t know them very well, or we don’t want to know. Think of the Britain was our good foster parents and had been thru the worst in history with us. Hong Kong now wishes to live like an adult. Hong Kong is not rebellious, we just want to become an adult. It’s unfortunate that both Hong Kong and China are not acting like a family.

Between Hong Kong and China
Sleeping under China
Flip
Courage
Romance
The world is watching

2.5 Hours

Mobile Phone, Photography

It has to be the shortest stay I’ve ever spent in China in my entire life. If it’s not because of Ching Ming, I would not have spent just 2.5 hr in Jiang Men. Well, somehow it’s caused by the odd scheduling by the ferry company. There’s just 1 return trip from Jiang Men at 3:30pm. We arrived almost 12pm and with rides from and to the restaurant and the cemetery. My actual stay was just 2.5 hrs.

I did not get enough quality sleep because of the birds chorus 4am in the morning, got up at 6am. Then there’s the lousy McDonald’s dining experience at the ferry pier. Everyone tried to fight for their tables just because it’s Ching Ming. Last but the least, heavy fog at the first leg of our boat ride. It caused some delay on the overall time traveled.

It’s probably the first hottest day in 2014, I sweated like a dog under the sun at the cemetery. Sunburn? Hell yes.

And perhaps it’s the such short amount of time spent in Mainland. I was able to saw and reflect. There’s the tier one cities Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou to many people they’re the icons of China. What I see in Jiang Men is that, there’re still lots people left behind. It’s just not catching up…

3 hrs later…I was in Hong Kong again. Here I see modern people filled in a prosperous city.
In the Fog
Pee Bowl
Dumped Teddy
Stop
Cyclist
Alley
Noon Beer by the street
Cemetary
Kids
the Whatever Curtain

To the Second World – Part III

Photography

Patterned Window

Lady in hat

(Read Part II)
It’s my second day spent in China. I briefly stopped by Zhuhai. I only stopped by the Yuan Ming Palace for an hour. An hour sounds much for a fast-paced city dweller. If you get to visit this place, you’d know you’d need more than just an hour to explore every bit of the palace and park. This Palace is more than just what the name tells you, it’s a theme park with a huge lake in the middle. There’s even a cable car to go up the little hill.

The palace itself was a 1:1 replica in size but I found it poorly maintained. And lots of the structures were not as detailed as I would imagine. The color of the paints were off. It just seemed everything was out of place. Thankfully, that was just the front end of the park.

The Emperor

Local visitors

Caution _

I enjoyed the view along the lake. Visitors (100% from China) also enjoyed their spare time along the lake even it’s monday. It would be super crowded if it’s weekends.

I took my time enjoy the scenic view and relax while shooting photographs. It’s a balance/mix that’s not easily done knowing the fact that I was on my vacation. Photography has become a huge part of my life. It just can’t be taken away and I realized that anywhere I go.

Standing kid

Lake at the palace

When I think about my last 1-day trip to Jiangman, China was even shorter, I know time isn’t too much of an issue when there’s just no choice but to stay in point A to B and to C as a routine. What’s memorable would be recorded in my camera on the path I walked, things I experienced, events that happened.

Chatting by the lake

Lotus pond

Local visitors

Trees