Central Day & Night – Day 中環日與夜之日篇
LOST IN CENTRAL
Having lived and worked in Hong Kong for a long time, I always feel lost in Central, the central busy district of Hong Kong. I’ve always worked at Pacific Place inAdmiralty. the commerical area just next to Central. At one time I could have told you the location of every shop in Pacific Place. But once I step into Central, I’m pretty much lost.
Mid levels in Central is even worse. That’s where a lot of the expats like to hang around and live as it’s just a stone’s throw away from the CBD. When I’m lost in Central I can at least find my bearing from the MTR (underground stations), but at the mid levels, I’m total lost. My only bearing is the famous mid level escalators. Once I leave that, I’m pretty much doomed.
On my recent trip back to Hong Kong, I decided to venture into unfamiliar territory. Since the British colonised Hong Kong, the mid levels has always been a mix of east and west. In the old days, the westerners were the government officials representing the Crown, and a small handful of wealthy Chinese merchants who made the ranks. The demographics today consist of a handful of westerners who continue to work in the former colony, local ersidents who have lived in the area for decades, and many younger generation Chinese returning overseas who still prefer a more westernised living envionment.
One thing I do know about not getting lost in Central mid levels, is to keep walking uphill. If you see a steep road ahead of you, just keep going. You’ll be heading the right direction.
Not sure where I have wandered off to and what street this is. There were colourful drawings outside the shops. You don’t need to know Chinese to guess what they sell.
There are many stand alone stalls one the streets, seems like they’ve been around for a long time. They’re all resting on specially made stilts so they don’t topple over. Sadly there were all shut in the afternoon, would have loved to see them when they were open.
I turned a corner and came to Elgin Streeet. Here east meets west, old meets new. The green stall is a cafe and next to it swanky modern restaurant.
轉了一個彎，原來這是依利近街。 傳統街檔食肆旁邊是新派餐廳 ，外牆畫上美觀的油畫。 又見證華洋集處，新舊共存的一面。
It took me 15 minutes to walk up this section of the street from the MTR. I turned around when I got to the top. Tall office buildings stood ahead of me, this is the modern cosmpolitan Hong Kong. I wonder what the view was like in the old days? And what will become of Hong Kong in the future? Will I still get lost in Central? Or will Hong Kong change beyond recognition?
從地鐵站出來走了一小段路已經花了十五分鐘。 回頭一看，前面是高樓林立， 充份表現出香港都市的動感。 相比昔日風貌，不知如何？香港將來又會變成怎樣呢?