I visited Hong Kong in May of 2002, but it was not exactly on purpose. By that I mean I did not think to myself where do I want to go for a three-day trip? Hmm, Hong Kong sounds good. I went to Hong Kong, it could be said, just to see a movie. Of course it was not just any movie, but rather EPISODE II. I was living in South Korea at the time and the movie was not opening there for months later, which was unacceptable. The movie opened on a Wednesday if I recall, and I did have a job teaching in South Korea then. I just told them I needed a few days off, no reason given, and certainly not that I was leaving the country!
I do not remember how, but I made a contact with someone in Hong Kong, a fellow Star Wars fan. Tickets would of course sell out so I could not just stroll up to the ticket counter on opening night, so he said he would buy one for me when he bought his ahead of time. Now I was a total stranger just reaching out to another fan, and he totally came through for me. I guess we just agreed to meet at the theater as I had no cell phone with me to use in Hong Kong or anything like that. The power of fandom!
I saw the movie three times in those three days in Hong Kong! I did manage to get out and explore a bit too though. Hong Kong felt very intimate to me, like everything was packed together and happening out on the streets. The buildings themselves felt like they were leaning over you, closing in even more.
All these photos were taken with my very first digital camera, a 2.1 megapixel Olympus 2040Z.
It was a great three days in Hong Kong. I stayed in touch with the guy who got me the tickets for awhile afterwards. I also made friends with the guys in the PC cafe near my hotel that I visited often to read about reaction to the movie, etc. Somehow I bought a white Mountain Hardwear t-shirt at a shop there that I still wear to the beach this day. In the airport I bought a portable alarm clock that I have been using since then too. All in all, it was a very memorable trip. I watched the sun set from the airplane window as my time ended and I flew back across the Sea.