After I became an exile in Mallorca, many people have asked me: WHY did you leave Hong Kong?That is to say, they used to ask me. After around July 2019, the asking kind of petered out, for some reason. Nowadays, people say stuff like: You got out just in time! As if I were the last one off the rooftop in Saigon or something.
But yes, I have given Why did I leave Hong Kong? a lot of thought, and have come up with a list of reasons which I will analyse in this forum. I think Beauty, or rather, Ugliness, must be near or on top of the list. Hong Kong just got too damn ugly. Now, I understand that for a lot of people nothing can be more beautiful than a smooth, metal surface interspersed with mirror glass, but for me it looks dead. Soulless.
Scuttling along the narrow canyons of Central, the business districts of Hong Kong in its perpetual twilight, I felt like an ant ready to be squashed. I don't think being surrounded by, nay, being loomed over by hard, sharp, black, forbidding surfaces that block out the sky is good for the soul.
At least not mine.
I need beauty around me, and in Mallorca I found it in abundance. Here is some juxtaposition to show you what I mean, and why I am architecturally much happier now:
Hong Kong street:
In Hong Kong, pedestrians are seen as a nuisance and made to criss-cross walkways in and out of shopping centres to get around
Mallorca was just made for pedestrians
Town square in Hong Kong:
Town square in Mallorca:
Sea view in Hong Kong:
Sea view in Mallorca:
"Outdoor" dining in Hong Kong:
Outdoor dining in Mallorca:
I think you see where I'm going with this. In Hong Kong I felt alienated, and I suspect that is by design.
Oh my Hong Kong, which was once so beautiful! But more about that later - now I must work on my Cantonese course
Yes, do like hundreds if not thousands of people from all over the world, (including Beijing and Taiwan!) have done before you, and Learn Cantonese the Natural Way - from a Norwegian.
Today's Cantonese: 嘩！好X靚呀！ Wah! Hou ek-si leeng ah! - Wow! Damn beautiful!