Thursday, August 26, 2004

Times Square in Hong Kong

On Wednesday evening I ventured out to explore another neighborhood on Hong Kong Island. We had talked about the great shopping available nearby, so I took the MTR (HK's subway system) two stops over to Causeway Bay. The subway system immediately made me think of London's Jubilee Line. The trains and platforms are separated by double doors, similar to airport trams, and the train cars look similar to cars on the Underground. Here, English isn't an afterthought on the signs, it's larger than the Chinese characters in some cases. I had to walk a long way underground to get to my intended exit, at Hong Kong's Times Square. When I finally got to ground level, I was in yet another shopping mall. It took me a few minutes to find my way out of there onto the actual street. The mall itself was called Times Square, though the area didn't remind me at all of New York. This neighborhood was just another crowded shopping district with streets of small stores and occasional larger buildings housing air-conditioned malls. I walked around for about 45 minutes, sweating all the while in the humidity, before I had had enough of the shopping scene. I found the nearest MTR entrance and went back to my hotel.

Today (Thursday) was another uneventful day at work. It rained all day, and tomorrow we might just get hit with a typhoon. We're going over to Kowloon for dinner, and based on the weather and tomorrow's work schedule, it looks like tonight might be the extent of my touring here.

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