Saturday, March 1, 2008

The Slow Road Home


Hong Kong island is a bustling hive of activity pretty much all the time. But it's especially busy around dawn and dusk, when people flood in and out to work and hopefully accumulate enough wealth to be able to maintain the lifestyle to which they've become accustomed in one of the world's most expensive cities.

So at the end of the day, there's a subdued, exhausted atmosphere on the ferries that transport commuters to the outskirts of the city. Some people sleep, although that's not always possible, as the harbor can sometimes be pretty choppy. Other people tap absentmindedly at their Blackberries and other mobile devices, either because they're addicted to email, or didn't have the time to communicate during the hectic workday.

But once the sun dips behind Lantau Island, seen here in the background, the pace of life in Hong Kong slows ever so slightly, and people who've managed to save a bit of energy during the workday venture out for dinner or a drink, to get themselves in the right mental state to do it all over again the next day.

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