Hong Kong offers many chances to experience familiar things in a different way. If you like plays, operas, symphonies, movies, paintings, or even pop music, you can always check out whatever may exist in a country you are visiting.
Just the other day, I went to see a small orchestra playing here. It was a great chance to talk to locals about similar interests, as well as listen to music geared more toward Asian audiences.
I also went to see a movie in Cantonese (with English subtitles, thank goodness), and I must say, it was quite different from what I’m used to seeing in Western movies. Also cheaper. If you change your mindset a little bit, it’s very fun. The whole movie was over-the-top, with a story arc bordering on the crazy, but in a believable sort of way:
Stop judging me; it wasn’t as sappy as it looks. Also had nothing to do with hospitals really.
And if you’re really that interested in pop music, Hong Kong provides an experience similar to any you’ll find in the West. Well, except for the whole Cantonese thing. But the lyrics in popular music have never really mattered, have they?
On the other side of the spectrum, you’re never too far from a museum in Hong Kong; it’s a great way to see some of the interesting history of a new country from many angles. No matter where you are, I heartily recommend visiting museums. Just watch out for large tour groups.
Anyway, I’m off to go work on a project, so look for me to post again soon!