I remember years before I ever thought of moving to Hong Kong, while still in Dallas, I wanted to escape the city grime life of Uptown, to the more relaxed tranquility of Las Colinas (a western suburb). I was tired of all the city noise, new construction, homeless people ravaging through my trash, nearby night club noise, parking issues in front of my townhouse and the close proximity of neighbors. I wanted a yard, a swimming pool, privacy and quiet. I was also tired of paying high property taxes while seeing no evidence of street or sidewalk improvements around me. Basically, I wanted pretty. So, I moved.
Today, I live in Sheung Wan. My apartment building is photographed above, behind the blue and white a
wning tarp. And yes, I just slapped myself.
ANYWAY. Despite most people’s impression (including my own at one time), Sheung Wan is actually a very expensive and sot out area of the island. Highly concentrated with expatriates, my neighborhood is packed with some of the best restaurants and bars the city has to offer. I happen to love my little corner of this small concrete-jungle. As expensive as it is (and it is…), I wouldn’t live anywhere else. Even if that means having to live in a shoe box (which I do…).
It’s difficult to articulate why I love Sheung Wan. However, I think these images do a pretty good job capturing the true essence of my neighborhood.