After having returned back to London for a month before coming back to Hong Kong to attend the Freshers’ events in my capacity as Publications Officer, I was so shocked to find what a big difference a month makes.
Let me explain, I live in Sheung Shui which is a Mainlander hotspot. Since the Government introduced a policy limiting the Mainlanders coming into Hong Kong so often, the roads really have become wider and even the train station, where they usually get off and hang around for an hour or so before boarding again for a discount journeying back to Mainland, seems a little more spacious.
But don’t get me wrong, this post isn’t just about Mainlanders, it’s about the rate of change that occurs in Hong Kong. In only one month, my favourite desert place Hui Lau Shan has already been replaced by a new shop, Coral Cafe on the high street has also been totally refurbished, and even a pharmacy which only just celebrated an extravagant opening in July when I was last here has already closed down. Compare this to where I used to live in a small town called Aldershot in Hampshire in UK where part of the shopping centre took 5 years (FIVE YEARS!) to refurbish. Every year when I come back to Hong Kong there’s always been something that has changed, but this really is immense progress. It’s no wonder Hong Kong is a world commercial centre. The phrase ‘time equals money” really does ring true here.