Exhausted Hong Kong

Due to the heat and the extended working ethics, Hong Kong people are often caught passed out in the streets, whether it is on a bench, in the MTR or anywhere possible. This is finals week of my spring semester, and with limited hours of sleep every night, they all have my full sympathy.


Hong Kong Villages

A weeks before leaving Hong Kong, I found my call - the fishing villages. I found myself more calm and at ease than I have ever felt before in Hong Kong in these villages. I took more photographs than I ever had before in Hong Kong but even the photographs can possibly justify the inner peace felt when walking around in these places.


Cheung Chau Bun Festival

Cheung Chau for the yearly Bun festival is a yearly parade where kids are raised on sticks for three hours in 35 degrees Celsius heat. The streets are filled with colors & flags, and people climb huge towers of buns at midnight, buns which tastes like paper, which the locals seem to love. 


Seeking happiness in the crowded streets

Hong Kong is a place full of hard working people and even the elderly are working hard. With the fast developing technology it is almost essential to have a smart phone. Hong Kong has the world highest per capita use of cellular phones and although staying connected is convenient and important it is not to be confused by human connection. Feeling connected is a basic human need. It cannot be replaced by technology or solitude. In a city where work and money is the priority, the human connection tends to seem less vital to the Hong Kong population. The fact that Hello is worth million and opens up to connections and opportunities, seemed to be discarded. I nevertheless used my Hello to connect with this new and very foreign place. 

I have always believed that you are the creator of your own happiness. During my time in Hong Kong I have nevertheless realized how influenced my happiness is by the connections made with other people as well as my personal need for giving, whether it be strangers, acquaintances or friends. During the time spent in Hong Kong I attempted to connect with this new and unfamiliar place, to gain a deeper understanding of the culture.


Tai-O

Tai-O is one of Hong Kong’s many fishing villages, but is frequently more visited than most of the others. From far away it looks like a pile of metal houses, but once you walk the narrow streets and notice the architecture and the colorful details, you understand that Tai-O is something worth the visit. 


Jingxiang

When translated into english Hong Kong means “fragrant harbour”. While it is tempting to glance up on the many skyscrapers, if you look down you cannot avoid the many street shrines. This ritual of offering incense along with tea or fruits it is called jingxiang (敬香) or shangshiang(上香), and it is practiced by Taoist, Buddhist and Confucianist traditions, as well as the followers of the Chinese deities tradition devotees (Shenists).

Incense is believed to be a way to communicate to the other world. The legend says that a long time ago, fishermen working in the bay area noticed the smoky fragrance in the harbour as it was wafted to the sea from both incense factories in Kowloon and shore temples, and they began calling the island hēunggóng (香港): fragrant harbour.


Privatising public places

Due to the issue of space is this highly dense city, many people are forced to use the public space for what may seem more appropriate for personal space. The streets becomes storage space for clothes, as well as moments of privacy


Worship

Though Hong Kong is a highly developed city, evidence of ancient worship is on every street, and in any part of the city. From temples to Shrines, religion still has its traces though many young people detach themselves from it.


Shimokitazawa

Some magical places makes you feel at home, makes you feel like you could settled there and you would be happy. Shimokitazawa was one of those places. With original and cozy cafes from cat cafes to hookah bars and delicious restaurants, friendly people and secondhand stores. This is a place that I hope I can call home someday.  


Kyoto

Kyoto is filled with so many temples and beautiful site that you can easily spend a week here. With only one day it was impossible to see it all, but with a bike and charged batteries, every minute was taken advantage of. 


Tokyo

A weekend is not enough time for this beyond ahead of time city. From cute cafe’s to robot shows, plastic food, delicious food and kind people. Arigato, Japan! this was the first time but definitely not the last!


A stone’s throw from skyscrapers

When you say Hong Kong, people typically thing the place with the most skyscrapers in the world. However, more than seventy percent of the city is considered rural. This is where you go to enjoy the flora and fauna and the plentiful hikes throughout the nature surrounding the many skyscrapers.


Macau

Macau is just an hour ferry ride from Hong Kong, however it is like entering a whole new country. In comparison to Hong Kong that was British Territory up until 1997, Macau was Portuguese. This has influenced both the architecture, language and culture. However due to the big group of Chinese mainlanders coming to buy the delicious Macau Cookies and to gamble, it is almost impossible to enjoy the city’s beautiful architecture.


Clutter

Hong Kong is one of the worlds most densely populated cities. Not only do people not have enough residential space, but the stores and the city as a whole have a hard time fitting everything. It makes you wonder why we choose to live so dense when there are still so much land to occupy and even hong Kong is seventy percent rural. 


Brothels

At day Sham Shui Po is filled with streets selling toys for kids, treats and sweats. Nobody notice the fluorescent lamps right next to the beach toys. But at night the lamps turns pink and innocent streets get a darker tone that is everything but innocent.


Hard Working Hong Kong

The population of Hong Kong has hard work as a priority which is clearly seen by taking a simply stroll down its vivid streets. Whether you are in the rural areas or in the middle of central, young amongst old are showing that hard work is the key to success. 



Absence

There has been a major shift in our social interactions within the last couple of years due to the extensive use of smartphones and social media. Despite the benefits of the technological development all good things come with a price. This has resulted in the fact that we do not talk to each other anymore, we do not allow ourselves to be bored and we are becoming lonelier.

It was only years ago when you could barely depart a plane without someone approaching you about your destination, your life story or as a simple act of socializing. However in this new age, we do not talk to each other anymore. Because we are replacing social interaction with online communication we are never really fulfilling the social need that we are born with and so we become lonelier. We spent more time in solitude and rather than reaching out to people we reach out to our phones for a false substitution. 


Welcome to Hong Kong: First impression

It takes time to get to know a place, especially when it is a culture far from anything you have experienced before. Hong Kong was not only my first time living in Asia, but it was also my first time living in a big city (Copenhagen is no more than 1.3mio.). Due to the big language barrier I put on my observation glasses and started getting to know the place I would be calling home for the next three weeks. 


The beginning: One girl, a College degree to finish and a whole world to explore!

2015 is the beginning of expanding opportunities. While being in my senior year of College, the next couple of years will take me places far beyond a College degree. Starting at Home in Denmark I will prepare my wallet for years of adventures. From Hong Kong, through Asia and followed by explorations of almost all the continents and more than thirty different countries, all of which will be going on simultaneously with the finishing of my B.F,A. of Fine Art Photography at SCAD and multiple collaborations with different NGOs and artists. This is the continuation of following my life passion; telling the stories of people and places around the world, to better the world in whichever way. 

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