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08:38 am: Hong Kong Post 2
Sorry...got cut off by the inconvenience of the plane leaving.

As I was saying...the buildings were amazing. They rose like cliffs---four or five together in either a solid piece or really close together...each section built like a cross or a rounded cross, so as to give more window space. Some were flat across the top, but others...the four buildings were of different heights on a slant...so that the buildings seemed to echo the mountains behind. Also, there were a few really cool looking buildings.

As I said...looked like something Roark would build.

As we were crossing the bridge, I glanced sideways and saw this ancient myst-shrouded mountain with a jut of shining futuristic city at the bottom and...it is very hard to explain what happened except to say that my notion of science fiction broadened. As if I saw potential I had not seen before. It is very hard to put into words, but if I ever write a sf story (I did when I was young. Might again.) it will probably be inspired by that moment.

Or, maybe I could sum it up as: It occurred to me for the first time that skyscrapers could be built by elves.


Maybe I'll keep that image to use as one of the marvelous places in Heaven when I finally get around to writing Against the Dying of the LIght.

Anyway...it was impressive and I was glad I got to see it.


Date:January 26th, 2012 08:44 pm (UTC)
Some buildings in Sarawak (Borneo?) also look like they were built by ... elven spiders with pillars of frozen fountains....

Including the capitol, I think it is....

Thanks for all your wonderful Chinese posts!

Date:January 26th, 2012 08:46 pm (UTC)
That was me, Houseboat. Dunno why I'm not logged in.
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Date:January 26th, 2012 11:17 pm (UTC)
That happened to me a couple of times in China.

I spent a little time one day thinking about the idea of a Houseboat on the Styx and how cool a story that would make (after looking at some comment you had made on my flist.)
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