Tuesday, July 8, 2008

100 Words - City

When I saw the word for this week's 100 Word Challenge I immediately knew that I had to write about my favorite city in the whole world - Hong Kong! It has everything I don't like - it's unbearably crowded with people and buildings, it stinks, it's garish, it never sleeps and moves constantly at a frenetic pace. And yet covering over that multitude of sins is an inescapable love for life that worms its way into your heart. Obviously 100 words just isn't enough :) but here we go anyway:

It is a confusion of color and sound and smell, a crush of humanity, a paradoxical confluence of cultural currents. Stepping off the plane the whole mess of it washes over you at once, sickening and overwhelming. It isn’t until you delve into the details that the city invests you with its life. Stall vendors waft exotic spices on invisible tendrils of ester. Flashing neons in a rainbow of colors declare it the most superlative city on earth. Rickshaws and junks, skyscrapers and world commerce, it seamlessly blends the sophistication of Europe with the fecund traditions of China. Hong Kong.

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3 comments:

Velvet Verbosity said...

Awesome. I love it. Thanks!

thenightblog said...

-chokes to death- eerg i choke on sweet smells and the noise! quite real, i must say. ^_^

Renee Daniels said...

Wow. That really pulls one into the vibe.