Misty morning. An antique sailing junk cruised along Victoria harbor.. flaunting the red sails. Hong Kong’s blurred skyline slowly rose up in the backdrop. And a beautiful day broke..
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If nothing, I was going to sit by the bay for hours, listening to the sound of water and watching these colorful sailing junks pass by, thinking out loud about life at hand.
Haze lifted. In yellow sunshine, skyline glimmered, cautiously hiding away its beauty secrets, some of which I know now, thanks to the fruitful Q&As from historical walking tour.
I was in The Central – the financial district, abundant of skyscrapers – each having distinctive prominent feature, each surpassing the other, collectively forming beautiful cityscape.
Most of the buildings in Hong Kong have given Feng Shui a very serious thought. Sharp edges are avoided. Count of floors in a building has to be auspicious number. Floors having ominous numbers are not utilized for business work, used for dining etc. High ceilings preferred on trading floors. And so on.
Many of them have huge hollow space right in the center. According to Feng shui, it is to allow dragons to fly easily towards the sea.
Hong Kong’s geography with mountains in the backside and sea in the front, is so ideal according to Feng Shui that it bestows good fortune on the city.
There is no dearth of a bad luck too. Bank of China Tower has sharp edges, which is considered a very bad Feng Shui. Tower has misfortune of its own and it spreads it in the surrounding. The adjacent buildings facing its sharp edges have taken majors to ward off ill-effects of the negative energy exuded from the bad Feng Shui. HSBC tower, facing one of its angles, has installed canon like structures on its rooftop to stave off the negative energy.
The lion statues at the main entrance of HSBC Building, Stephen, the roaring one and Stitt, the quiescent one, epitomize Bank’s perceived excellent Feng Shui. People stroke their paws and noses hoping for good luck and prosperity.
On a different note, Stephen and Stitt are the war veterans who were once caught in the crossfire during World War II. Stephen, the roaring one, bore several gunshots on the hind side. The scars and bullet holes are visible to this day.
Night sky combined with dynamic skyscraper illumination themes accentuated their beauty. IFC2 tower with its dimly lit facade and brightly lit sharp razor shaped roof-top created schism in dark night sky. And a LED man swam away on the Teflon-coated fiberglass panes of ICC tower all night long.
“Symphony of lights” the free light and sound show, the top most in the list of google searches for “things to do in Hong Kong”, run every night at 8pm on Victoria harbor. Tourists, photographers flocked the promenades way before early evening to get better spot with a good view. To me, the skyline looked perfect, spectacular on its own. The show seemed like an unnecessary addendum. An embellishment to something that’s already beautiful which defeated its whole purpose.
Lantern Festival on the streets by the bay :
Show finished. Crowd dispersed. From empty promenade, I looked at the glittering skyline. It wasn’t just a fetching visual, I knew its story. And feeling was supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.