Last night, I was looking at a HK DL map, and was struck by something (aside from the sparseness of the park, although somewhat related).
Without a Frontierland, Toontown, etc., the park has one land for each cardinal point of the compass: Main Street-South, Adventureland-West, Fantasyland-North, Tomorrowland-East.
Well, in ancient Chinese tradition, the four cardinal directions played a crucial role in many ceremonies. For example, each direction corresponded to a season, and the king was supposed to face the appropriate corners of his palace throughout the year to keep the seasons on track.
So is this just a funny coincidence that boils down to nothing more than a park that just wasn't all that developed on opening day, or could there be an intentional nod to local history here?
By the way, I'm aware that this will all be moot when the three new "lands" open, but it's still interesting to me.
As an afterthought, this whole symmetry of direction thing must be something I'm hardwired to notice. For example, I love how the DL Railroad stops at (more or less) 3, 6, 9, and 12 as it circles the park. The WDW railroad only has 3 stops and it feels "off" to me.