Among The Dragon Lines
Hong Kong is, by its nature, a fairly lonely city. With its transient population who flitter in and out of the city and its overworked residents who consider leisure time a fantasy luxury, it’s a wonder anyone in this city ever gets to know each other. I suppose that is why guanxi is so important. But leave it to some enterprising Hongkonger to apply the latest technology and come up with another solution to this problem: the Cloud Nine nightclub. Hong Kong’s take on the “link club” is decidedly local; instead of partying with people from all over the globe, you party with eligible bachelors and bachelorettes from all over the city. If you’re lucky enough to have a night free, you can go to Cloud Nine in person, drinking and dancing it up like you would at any other club. But let’s say you’ve only got thirty minutes between your day job and your night job and you live on the other side of the sprawl. You can log into Cloud Nine’s Matrix node and receive full-ASIST feed from the dance floor. You can even have a representation of yourself projected into the physical club by the building’s web of holo-projectors.
Since Cloud Nine exists so that people can easily meet up, both physical and virtual club-goers typically display biographical information linked through their AR displays. The club’s own node can intelligently pair up one visitor’s interests with another, marking those in the club you should seek out for a potential romantic match. Hell, you don’t even have to be at the club to find a date; for a fee, you can store a three-dimensional virtual representation and biographical information in the club’s “Cupid Booths,” which both physical and virtual patrons can visit to scan for dates.