A bustling metropolis, skyscrapers, traffic, people. That’s Hong Kong for you. A Hong Kong you’re prepared for. Food, hawkers, bargains, markets, noise, crowds, smoke. Lines as one waits for cable car rides, for trams to The Peak, for seats at the Tea House, in the MTR trains.
Then you chance upon a quiet moment, between a newlywed couple in Hong Kong Park. A monk as he finds his inner peace amid the crowds at Po Lin and the Big Buddha. A fervent prayer whispered hurriedly with a shake of the fortune sticks in Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple – with a wish for something better – love, a job, a child?
An ocean of green beneath your feet from the Tung Ching cable car. Clouds drifting past you on a quiet hilltop of an island, sunset from an unassuming rooftop off the tourist trail. A bonsai garden, water bodies and peace at the Nan Lian Gardens and Chi Lin Nunnery.
You exchange a friendly word or two with the hawker as he sloshes ladlefuls of broth into a bowl for you, the neighbourhood granny smiles as she sees you animatedly click shots of the temple she sees outside her doorstep every day, a child stares wide eyed in her uniform as she looks upon you, with a curiosity not unlike your own.
A Hong Kong you have been waiting to encounter. A Hong Kong Unseen.
Photos By Srikanth Sk
Text By Pallavi Rao