Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Hong Kong's Signature
When you think about it – it’s just a bunch of buildings grouped together. It is steel and glass and concrete. I’m trying to come up with a logical answer to the question – what is so special about a city skyline?
It may not be logical, but the Hong Kong skyline set my heart racing. I fell in love with it the first time I saw it. And, it was daylight, which says a lot. During the day the skyline was beautiful. But, at night, it was simply spectacular.
It’s the setting – water is alluring. The Hong Kong skyline sits on Victoria Harbor. The water traffic alone is entertaining. You have commercial barges moving past old men in their fishing boats, transport ferries, and tour boats. In the daytime the sun sparkles on the water. At night, the neon lights from the buildings bounce off the waves.
About those neon lights…who knew neon could be so beautiful! Dozens of buildings are lined in bright colors and shapes. Actually, Hong Kong is known for the “Symphony of Lights.” It has been named the “World’s Largest Permanent Light and Sound Show” by Guinness World Records. Think neon, laser beams and searchlights synchronized to music. The show is a bit cheesy and overbilled...but again, the skyline...well, it’s beautiful.
So, the logical answer may elude me – but the emotions are unmistakable. A skyline is a city’s signature and it’s a symbol of the excitement and power you find at ground level.
Moments after seeing the skyline for the first time!
An old fishing boat on Victoria Harbor. Just one example of the interesting water traffic.
Cameron and I enjoying the view from Kowloon. Photos can't do this skyline justice. The size, the scope and the colors are wonderful.