Windows '18 | 2 // Today's window gives us a view of the iconic multicoloured facade of Tin Yiu (II) Estate into - you guessed it - a near-identical block a few steps back. Tin Yiu Estate is one of two founding public housing estates of Tin Shui Wai New Town, perhaps one of the most misunderstood places in Hong Kong. The old adage has never been more resonant than a place like Tin Shui Wai - first impressions last. Tin Shui Wai seems perpetually typecast as "the city of sorrow". For a sizeable part of the population of Hong Kong, Tin Shui Wai is held up as an example of town planning gone wrong; a place with many social ills and problems, and therefore a place to avoid (not that they'd have any reason to step out of their comfort zone back in the mid-levels anyway...). To invoke another adage, there is no smoke without fire. Tin Shui Wai is, indeed, a failure in town planning in some respects. Built as a New Town by filling in fish ponds and fields (many of which remain around the town, creating some wonderful views), Tin Shui Wai didn't quite live up to its beautiful name, which transliterates to "Walled Village between Sky and Water". As SimCity players would know, building a massive bedroom community in the middle of nowhere, with no real plans for jobs and business growth, is disastrous. Tin Shui Wai was generally unattractive to private developers given its remoteness, so a lot of the land was turned over the public housing. By definition, public housing was only available to those who needed it, so Tin Shui Wai had a high concentration of those on lower incomes, and the social issues that come with the struggle to survive on a shoestring. Over time, some truly saddening stories began to emerge from Tin Shui Wai - stories of suicide, child abuse and desperate poverty. Its reputation was cemented in two movies that were made to draw attention to its plight - one a celebration of bittersweet happiness, the one ends with the death of an entire family torn apart.
The movies resonated... (Continued in comments.)
ДОЖДЛИВОЕ УТРО В ГОНКОНГЕ.
Почему-то во время нашего пребывания в Гонконге дожди шли ночью или рано утром, днем их почти не было. Даже если и иногда и чуток накрапывало днем, мне кажется, они приносили облегчение. А жара была устойчивой - 35-36, даже ночью ниже 28-29 не опускалась. Днем спрятаться от солнца в тени оказалось проблематично, хотя и находишься среди каменных джунглей - солнце то находится над головой! Как-то быстро я привык к прилипшим рубашкам и футболкам, хотя дома этого терпеть не могу. Вот такая погода стояла во время нашего пребывания в Гонконге.
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One of those moments when you’re on the other side of the world and pause in the middle of a packed schedule to have lunch with two of your oldest friends picking up a conversation from three years ago like no time has passed... life is short, friends are your chosen family, embrace the big laugh and the awkward selfie, always. #blessed#hongkong#chosenfamily#pekingduck#upperhousehk