Crowds

I know I’ve been going on and on about crowds in Hong Kong for a while now, but I just can’t stop.  I’ve never been a fan of crowded places and I knew before we moved to Hong Kong that it was going to be bad, but I guess I thought it wouldn’t matter because living here would be so interesting.  Boy, was I wrong!  After the initial excitement wore off in about a month or two, the crowds really started getting to me.  Here are a few pictures that will hopefully give you an idea of what I’m talking about.

It's a nice sunny day!  Let's walk under these semi-transparent sunshades in 32 C heat and 90% humidity with all these people to understand what a greenhouse feels like.

Mid-Levels escalators.  The first time I saw escalators and moving platforms on (actually, above) a city street, rather than in a building.  These serve as a form of public transportation in Hong Kong.  A feat of engineering that I would have stopped to admire if I lived anyplace else, but all I can think of in Hong Kong is how crowded they are and why this semi-transparent material was chosen for the sunshades because when there’s 32 C temperature and 90% humidity outside it feels like a greenhouse!

 

Here we are at the MTR station.  Have all those people been following me or what?

Admiralty MTR station.  One of the more unpleasant ones because it happens to be an exchange station for the Tsuen Wan Line which goes North, under the harbor.  This is not even rush hour by the way, just a regular Saturday afternoon.

 

Who needs a car when you have public transportation?

“You’re going to put this on Facebook aren’t you, foreigner?” (Me: “No, on my blog, actually.”)

 

I wonder if I can make it to the other side before this turns red.

An intersection near my office. To cross the street I first have to cross this other stream of people moving perpendicularly.

 

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Headed back to the office after lunch, with a thousand other corporate slaves.

 

Owning an Apple product is important for me, which is why this queue is totally justified.

Owning an Apple product is very important.  So important, in fact, that standing in this queue for hours just to get in the store is totally justified.

 

The Red Army.

The Red Army of Apple.

 

Now let's line up here for more shopping.  I think they're giving away free sex toys.

These people have lined up in front of the Sogo department store, some even with their luggage.  There had better be some amazing bargain inside, like “free sex toy with any t-shirt purchase.”

 

I'm hungry, anyone for lunch?

Famous dim sum restaurant with a line in front of it – perhaps this one really is justified.

 

Food is so good here I flew in from another country just to have a taste.

What’s up with people with luggage bags standing in queues in this town?

 

That line's not moving, so let's try this one.

The famous Din Tai Fung, at around 11:45 AM.

 

Or, maybe here.  Better be a good frickin' sandwich.

Ok, this one’s just a Pret for god’s sake.  Why a line here?

 

Whew - lunch is finally done!  Now I would like to stroll through this pleasant neighborhood market.

A neighborhood market.  Not much better than a supermarket in terms of the number of individuals per square meter.

 

And how about trying this tourist attraction while I'm at it?

Good luck if you’re thinking about going up to Victoria Peak.

 

Oh, look, a political rally.  I could tell by the yellow flags.

Oh, look, a political rally. I could tell by the yellow umbrellas and slogans.

 

Time to head back.  Let me take this conveniently located elevator.

Elevator queue at my office building at 8:55 AM.  In Hong Kong, even being a corporate slave is more painful than it has to be.

 

And I like this escalator as well.  I think I'll take it!

A typical escalator at my office complex.

 

Good old MTR, always a pleasant way to travel.  Too bad they forgot to turn on the A/C here though.

Causeway Bay MTR station. What’s not evident from the picture is that the A/C is weak to non-existent, so the experience is even more annoying than it looks.

 

A leisurely walk by Victoria Park, and I'm home.  This was fun, let's do it again!

This is what it looks like near Victoria Park on a Sunday afternoon.  In case you are wondering who these people are, they are Indonesian and Filipino maids relaxing on their only day off.

 

 

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