The New York of Asia

Somebody who’d heard that I was in Hong Kong sent me an email referring to it as “the New York of Asia”. I must say, having wandered the streets here a bit these last few days, that it’s a very good description.

The thing that has always struck me about New York, and one way that it manifests its remarkable energy, is the feeling that nothing is wasted. Any available little space or opportunity gets immediately used. If a store closes, another one appears almost instantly to take its place.

Hong Kong has exactly that feeling. Millions of people, each an agent following their own agenda, end up forming a buzz of constant action, of movement and striving, that collectively creates a magnificent symphony of industrious activity.

It almost feels like being home. 🙂

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