IS A CLASSIC
The Chinatown Gate in Philadelphia just
doesn't work. There's another one, and nearly
like it, in San Francisco and that works better.
It's something about location and place. The
Philadelphia one just comes out of nowhere
and goes to nothing. Hundred year-old
eggs notwithstanding - Those are preserved
duck eggs the Chinese really eat - preserved
in clay, ash, salt, quicklime and rice hulls.
They'also have 1000-year eggs, called
'Millenium Eggs.' There's a treat!
When I say the gate doesn't work, I don't
mean like the hinges or latches and things.
It's not that kind of gate - it's an entry archway
you walk through to really 'enter' Chinatown.
Heavily decorated and maybe 30 feet high -
all garish, with dragons and colors. Just
too much activity, visually I mean, to have
to bother with. The same way with their
fireworks - all that paper and decoration
for something that blows away in a second.
A hundred-year expectation.