Doing the Hong Kong Visa run

Today Range and I excitedly got up after about four hours of sleep to catch our plane to Hong Kong for our Visa Run.  We were both not fully awake and had to take care of a lot of details, like buying a plane ticket out of Taiwan, (a requirement to get the Visa).  After landing we ran to the taxi stand and high-tailed it over to the T.E.C.O. office.

As luck would have it, the Hong Kong T.E.C.O. office is located in one of the best parts of town.  Right across from the Bank of China building and inside the Lippo Centre.  Being surrounded by such famous contemporary architecture gave me a strange feeling of deja-vu. I had studied Hong Kong architecture for my Carleton University Art History degree and it felt surreal to be staring up at the giant skyscrapers that I had viewed but never actually experienced so many times before.  Hong Kong is a city of fluid lines, modern technology, unapologetic glamour, and proud consumerism.  The city reminds me of New York with skyscrapers so high you have to arch your neck back to look at them.  The ground floor seems to tiny and insignificant compared to all the activity that is flourishing 40 floors up.

After sorting out our Visa details Range and I headed to the Peak tram which is located on the top of a mountain that overlooks the city.  I was a bit grumpy during the ride as the light was fading and I felt anxious to get back to the harbour to capture some shots of the cityscape.  We zoomed back down in the tram and took the Star ferry across the harbour.  Now we are taking a break before settling into our hotel.

Hong Kong is definitely worth a visit especially if you are an urban person who loves cities like I do.  It is an uber city and thrives on modernity, technology, capitalism, aesthetics, and consumerism.  The population is truly cosmopolitan.   People from all races and cultures merge together and part over each elevator opening and traffic light. 

Needless to say I can’t wait to come back and are sad to be only staying for one night.  Nonetheless, Hong Kong is the closest international city to Taipei so there will always be next time…..


1 Response to “Doing the Hong Kong Visa run”

  1. 1 mostlyme
    March 15, 2007 at 11:58 pm

    It sounds like a photographer’s heaven there. I definitely know that “anxious” feeling. I get that way anytime I see a moody, angry sky, or funny little crook or cranny and the light is fading or I don’t have my camera.

    When I was in Calgary, I was staying in a casino and there were some *priceless* shots that I was dying to take, but you aren’t allowed to take photos in a casino. Such a shame. I’m sure you can imagine how much fun I would have with the crazy people, the blaring lights and colours. Oh my!

    Safe journey home. Can’t wait to see the photos you took.

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