[Hong Kong Summers: Learning to Love] 【你有沒有愛上香港的夏天】

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[Hong Kong Summers: Learning to Love]

By: Sadhika NANDA (Chan Sui Kau Hall)

Images: LCSD

The sun is strong, the air is heavy. The days are getting longer while your hair is getting shorter. Water from air conditioners is dripping down on Mongkok while you wait for the rain over in Kowloon Tong. And then, on a sweltering afternoon in June, here comes the rain! The rain- how relieving it is, for all of five minutes before you realise you wore your nice shoes today!

To me, all of this truly epitomizes a Hong Kong summer; not to forget the sunglasses and summer dresses, the beaches and clear blue skies and most importantly, the relief of Festival Walk’s air-conditioned, ice-cool air after the walk down from the Student Residence!

But here is why I truly, with all my heart love a good Hong Kong summer:

  1. The Colours
    Don’t get me wrong- I love grey winter coats and black leather boots just as much as anyone else, but there is something else about seeing everyone dressed in happy colours. Everyone and everything, too: the flowers are abloom, and the trees have their lush once again.
  2. Longer Days

The sun sets after 7 P.M. every single day of summer. It is an unparalleled feeling to see daylight for 12 hours a day- imagines waking up from an afternoon nap and still having enough time to make it to the Peak for sunset!

  1. The Views

Hong Kong has spoiled us all with its breathtaking sky-high buildings and the views that come with. And there is no time like the summer to catch these views at their best- with no clouds tainting your experience, and the lights dazzling in the warm air.

  1. Art Month!

This aspect is our summer’s most unique: the season starts with March, Hong Kong’s unofficial month of art. While art adorns the streets of our beloved city, there is no dearth of places to visit to immerse oneself in Hong Kong’s culture of art. March kick starts summer on the best note possible- with passion.

Go on, then. Beat the heat- by embracing it.

 

【你有沒有愛上香港的夏天】

文: Sadhika NANDA (陳瑞球堂)

譯: 高路延

圖: 康文署

陽光強得有些刺眼,空氣潮濕得略顯凝重。白天越來越長,你的頭髮卻越來越短。在旺角,空調漏下的水一滴一滴打在馬路上;而在九龍塘,你還等著外面雨過天晴。在六月某天一個悶熱的下午,天空突然下起雨,仿佛是對這又潮又熱天氣最偉大的救贖。你正對面前的大雨傾盆讚不絕口,卻突然意識到,今天你穿了你最漂亮的那雙鞋子。

對我來說,這就是香港夏天的縮影。架在耳朵上的墨鏡,清爽的夏裝,沙灘,藍天……哦對了,還有從宿舍一路走下去,又一城十足的冷氣撲面而來的那一刻。

正經來講,以下這幾點或許才是我愛上了香港的夏天的原因:

  1. 夏日的顏色

我也和大多數人一樣,喜歡冬天銀色的大衣和黑色的皮靴。但是夏天,你可以看見每個人都換上了活潑歡快的顏色,草叢中的花兒藉著陽光拼命生長,路邊的一棵棵大樹枝繁葉茂。這真的是另一番獨屬於夏天的景象。

  1. 更長的白晝

到了夏天,每天七點之後太陽才慢慢落山。天亮長達12小時是一種美妙絕倫的體驗。試想一下:懶洋洋地睡醒午覺發現你還有足夠的時間去太平山頂看日落,會不會感覺很幸福?

  1. 香港的美景

香港的高樓大廈或許是她獨特的一景,而夏天是欣賞這些直聳入雲的建築物最美的季節。天空幹凈得沒有一絲雲,摩天大樓的玻璃窗反射著強烈的太陽光,在空中交織、匯聚,讓你不敢睜眼直視,卻在心中暗暗稱贊這城市的繁華忙碌與美麗。

  1. 藝術的盛宴

每年的三月開始,香港的藝術盛宴就陸續登場了。藝術賦予這座城市獨特的氣質,讓她更加迷人。若是你想將自己沈浸在藝術的世界、文化的殿堂中,在香港這從來不是一件難事。你不需要大費周折去刻意尋找這樣一個充滿了文藝氣息的地方,帶上你的熱情上路吧,香港絕對不會讓你失望。

讓我們跟上香港的節奏,循著夏天的步伐,盡情擁抱這座城,感受她最美好的季節。

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