Thursday, July 13, 2006
Hong Kong Visa Run
May 15, 2006 - Not sure what's going on here. Stepped out of the train station in Hong Kong and decided to shoot whatever was there? Looks like it.
The famous hills of Hong Kong? Is Hong Kong famous for its hills? I think the hills keep Hong Kong cramped up against the northern coast of the island. If so, Hong Kong is even smaller than what it looks like on the map. I do remember a Hong Kong film called "Life is Cheap, Toilet Paper is Expensive", which has a nauseating 10 minute foot chase seen, shot from the point of view of the chaser. It started up in the hills, came down to the urban area, down into the subway system, and then back up again to about street level (not sure if it was supposed to be metaphor). I had to watch the last few minutes of the chase out of the corner of my eye to keep from throwing up. Great movie, wish I could find it somewhere to rent.
Making my way to the visa office using internet downloaded maps. I love learning the layout of somewhere using a map, and then seeing it as it really is. It's always pleasantly disappointing. Buildings, people, traffic, but alive, long in existence before I got there, long after I leave.
It's not officially a visa office. I think it's actually called a travel agency because China doesn't recognize Taiwan, and China now owns Hong Kong. And they don't actually issue the visa in the Hong Kong office, maybe for the same reason. You get a little slip of paper that you take back to Taiwan, like a claim ticket, and at the airport, you go to one last counter and they issue the visa there on Taiwanese soil. Weird.
1. Little Earthquakes (live) (Tori Amos)
2. Man In a Suitcase (live) (The Police)
3. Prettiest Star (David Bowie)
4. Runaways (XTC)
5. The Weight of My Words (Four Tet Instrumental Remix)
6. Cheapskate (Supergrass)
7. Homeopathy (Rainer Maria)
8. Flute Concerto in G Major (Vivaldi)
9. Angels Rush In (Versus)
10. Cosmic Rays (Helium)