dreamy morning view of the Forbidden City

 

One of the reasons why I just had to leave Hong Kong after 30 years there and in China, is that everything had become so damned ugly. It was just high rises of 80 floors or more; cold, sterile, forbidding; glass and metal canyons. It made me feel like an ant. Look at this streetscape of Hong Kong:

 

Signs, Chinese characters Hong Kong street

 

All the signs are gone. The famous neon signs are all but gone, as are most street markets and anything that's cool and beautiful, the beauty being that it's unique and could only be Hong Kong. Now most of the city consists of shopping malls, high rises and highways. 

 

Xiahe in Gansu province monastery Buddhists monks

 

Mainland China, dead set on out- hongkonging Hong Kong at all cost and in addition still on a great momentum started by Mao in the 1950s to get rid of all Chinese culture, is well on the way to becoming a gigantic shopping mall interspersed by highways as well. It hasn't yet succeeded everywhere, what with it being the fourth biggest country in the world and therefore quite a lot of area to get through. You can still find towns like the one above, Xiahe, not yet succumbing to the wrecker's ball. But with the latest push to get rid of all religion, perhaps they will now finally be able to raze the monasteries and build some proper skyscrapers. 

 

Stained glass pavilion Guangdong province

 

I understand that people don't want to live in hovels, but when it comes to visual beauty, the shiny new stuff just doesn't cut it. 

 

Uberrt-av-utviklingshelvetet-small The Former Beauty of China - PenAndWok.com - Cecilie's PenAndWok.com

 

So because I couldn't very well ask Chinese and Hong Kong people to keep living like they did 30 years ago just in case I should drop by and want to take a photo, I had to leave. It was the only thing I could do. And guess what? I miss China, but, like the past itself,  it's a China that no longer exists. Now I live among beauty again. 

 

 

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