First time i ever touched Hong Kong’s concrete or carpet covered soil with my legs (depends on what way i get out from the plane, i cannot recall it anymore) happened in 2013 August , i remember i was quite curious about how the city will feel like in real. Since i was only watching a couple of (mostly) vintage HK action movies before and checked a few articles (mostly around the topic of accommodation challenges, blown up property prices, crazy life of south-asian immigrants (for example), who are trying their /more or less/ fortune here, with all that information about Hong Kong i huddled together during my Life, ..i was pretty sure that it must be a kind of insane environment, a sort of “human anthill”. And.. I was not extremely wrong. ;D
But this definition is not extremely appropriate either, if we take the city (and the area) as a whole (step 1.). Hong Kong has too many faces at the same time. It hardly allows us to express a firm statement (disappointment) in general. Or if it does, then the problem nests inside us, not only within the city, ..then we need to take some steps, precautions ASAP! Good to know, that you can choose (work for/on) the lifestyle which helps you to ‘calibrate’, to tailor the city on your preferences. You may find negative, burdening, frustrating elements of existing in Hong Kong, for sure.
Then (step 2.) you can hunt together all the “ingredients” that will finally make your Life in Hong Kong balanced and harmonic enough.. Take a map. Take your time. Be wise and be child. =Adapt with fun & pleasure. Find the way(s)!
One (my) simple example: i have pretty good skills at sweating.., and Hong Kong supports me in it at it’s best! Usually i step out to the humid, hot, overcasted or sunny – streets, doesn’t matter, i will start to sweat after 1-1,5 minutes. Sweat like a PRO. Then i find myself surrounded with a massive ring of people, because this is Hong Kong, we use it, we share it (and in my deepest secret hopes, one day) we all damn accept and like it. Why we like it? Because we all found our ways where we can compensate all these daily inconveniences and burden. For example i totally found it with surfing on one of the several adjacent beaches.
Believe me, 1-2 hour at the beach on the weekends already fills me up with fresh passionate energy for the next 5-6 days of hard working in the shadow of Hong Kong’s tall toothpick towers. Only 1-2 hours out of 168 (a week). Then i don’t really mind to play the ‘herring-party’, the human tetris or puzzle in the remaining 166 hours. My mind is covered, by an entire cloud of freedom possibilities all over Hong Kong. Can be possible? Maybe i am an extreme exception? I barely think so.
Thank You For The last 3 months, Hong Kong!