"Every new beginning comes from other beginnings end."
After three years of basing out of Hong Kong I felt I had finally had my fill. The cityscape across the bay was a relentless beakon to return, but last year I felt I was pounding the same ground a bit too much so decided to change my plan for this year. Also, the rioting that has ensued since only re-inforced my resolve to find a new Asian center. I'm totally with the youth there though, and I hope they keep their political autonomy from the mainland.
I find the history of Korea to be rather interesting and sad at the same time - one people living as two. At the 38th parallel there is a 250km long and 4km wide daily reminder of a Soviet/American proxy war that technically still exists, only "paused" with a ceasefire and a buffer zone.
Also, and similar to Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Taipei from the previous trips - I'm fascinated with the blend of the very old with the cutting edge. There can be a building from about a half millenia before America existed, and another a block away that is more cutting edge than anything you could find in present day America. I'm also a huge fan of Asian street food, customs, and their day to day.