Posts Tagged 'East Meets West'

East meets West

The whole ‘One Country, Two Systems’ ethos of Hong Kong can be hard to get your head around. There’s a bit of a distinction between what is an explicit example of Hong Kongers wanting to appear and live more Western, and anything that’s a colonial hangover or remnant of Hong Kong’s British past. A surprising number of Western companies have a great number of stores over here: including Marks and Spencers, HMV, Pizza Express, Subway, McDonalds, Burger King, KFC, HSBC, Barclays, YMCA, Shell, 7-11 and Starbucks. A lot to do with food. There’s also the classy showrooms of Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Ferrari etc that can be seen in the richer districts of Causeway Bay and Admiralty – Hong Kong is the place which has the largest Rolls-Royce to people ratio…
Anyway, I’ve noticed just some of the many similarities to the West that exist here, and have tried to capture most of them on camera. Here are a few I’ve taken already that I’ll carry on updating. Looking through them all at once, it’s surprising how West this place can seem.

A showcase of the Madame Tussauds at the Shun Tak Centre, Sheung Wan. 196813_10151171892982040_1259647016_n

Christmas Decorations in the shopping mall. DSC08498

Sunday Rugby match near Boundary Street.  DSC08401

Mong Kok StadiumDSC08392

Noel Gallagher performing at Kowloon Bay. Obvious British flags. 401513_10151222081517040_143186124_n

Mini-Street Ambulances on Lamma Island. 404077_10151226429282040_2105468422_n

War Memorial in the Botanical Gardens. 409195_10151254401032040_334033357_n

Western food chains. 426345_10151254393007040_571765703_n

Little Touch of Manchester in the Prince Edward area. DSC08343

Shell Petrol Station. Could be anywhere in the UK… DSC08342

Hard Rock Cafe Hong Kong, in Lan Kwai Fong. 560344_10151213151427040_1783853776_n

A Full English Breakfast in a restaurant on Ladies’ Market. But the beans were cold and they used Condensed Milk in the Tea… 546407_10151222091582040_397348831_n

Could this be any more colonial? 530728_10151254392392040_1924089980_n

Statue of George VI in the Botanical Gardens. 315508_10151254400462040_2040990753_n

Even as far south on the island as Stanley, the F.T. in advertised on parasols. 381787_10151277055307040_1702482901_n

Old colonial-style building in Tsim Sha Tsui. 283453_10151243581617040_1895319572_n

Rolls Royce parked outside The Peninsular Hotel, Tsim Sha Tsui. 63094_10151326936347040_879516438_n

This very simple street map shows most of the very British street names that still exist (not that any attempt has been made to replace them). Lots are named after past Governors.Hong_Kong_island_tourist_map

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