Monday, October 8, 2007

Chinatown in China

This picture could very well have been taken in San Francisco. There is a steeply inclined street, signs in Chinese and English (if it were a movie, you could even hear them speaking Cantonese). Of course, the photo is of Hong Kong, but my latest trip to Hong Kong reminded me of how similar it is to so many Chinatowns in the United States. Familiar smells, a mix of Cantonese and English, dirty water from wet markets running down otherwise clean streets, and the occasional Caucasian face make you forget that you are in fact in a region of China. I have many friends out here who want to move back to the West Coast, but I have to say, if you have to live in China, there are much more difficult places to live (like Beijing).

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