But for the Grace of God

But for the Grace of God

In Hong Kong, Mongkok (also known as “MK”) stands for the trendy things in life, for materialistic pleasures and youth culture, all bundled into the high rises of the world’s most densely settled city district. Central Mongkok is filled with gleaming neon billboards, huge sound-blasting LCD screens, street photographers (a different kind, a type of photographer that offers photobooth-style services of instant prints to their often teenage clientele) and of course retail space of each and any brand. What Tsim Sha Tsui is for foreign tourists with heaps of Bucks and Renminbi to spend, is Mongkok for the local shopping fiends.

And  yet, as busy Mongkok peters out toward more quiet Prince Edward and blue-collar Sham Shui Po, the high rises retreat, and as more and more of the building facades are reclaimed from their neon masques, one can find more serene moments, like this one.

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