In the past few posts I’ve tried to list some of the places in Hong Kong which make me regret leaving even though I now find myself in a city full of barbeque, booze and bikes (Seoul). They were places or restaurants that have that embedded mixture of history, taste and context. This is because Hong Kong’s best are not to be found by reading TIme Out or SCMP but getting off the MTR at some random stop and following an old Cantonese lady’s sharp elbows until she stops somewhere to eat. Or soliciting tidbits of local information from the many knowledgable Cantonese foodies.
However, we’ve been out of Hong Kong a month now and things change fast there… It is probably time to leave Hong Kong to someone else as if you give it a few more months many of the places we loved and knew will be long gone. So it is time to move on, time to say goodbye.
However, what will I will miss and will always be there is the half rotting, skyscraper mess that is Hong Kong and its addictive psychogeography. Despite the best efforts of the luxury developers and the big brands Hong Kong will always have those topless old Cantonese men playing Mahjong mere streets away from the Gucci shops. Wet markets will squat in corners and backstreets and local food will eek through the cracks and materialism.
Before we left Jen got the chance to shoot a video to document some of this character for a bit of B reel. The aim was to show places we loved in Hong Kong and the dilapidated half East half West character that makes it so special. If you’ve been to Hong Kong hopefully you will recognise most of it. If not, it is set in Sheung Wan, Central’s wet market, Causeway Bay and then the Star Ferry and TST.
If you like the video and want something similar for more worky purposes the company she did it for was the Laundromatte.
So… see you in Seoul, because its going to be interesting.
PS for the other posts on HK’s Best click here.