Ben’s round of regional business development brings us for a short stop to Hong Kong.
We have been on quite a whirlwind these past two weeks…not our usual way of traveling, which is generally pretty slowly, but in this case, business dictates our schedule.
Our first visit to Hong Kong was about six months ago and we are looking forward to being back and continuing our exploration…..revisiting some favorite hang outs, but also we want to discover “another” Hong Kong. Of course, Hong Kong cannot be separated from its hyper-metropolis persona. But… Did you know Hong Kong also has a mountainous, nature filled dimension?
View of Hong Kong from across the bay in Kowloon.
Hong Kong is obviously a dense urban jungle of concrete.
We learn to appreciate Hong Kong by zooming in to the neighborhood level and taking time to walk the streets. It is at street level that one can appreciate the sights and smells that make Hong Kong unique.
A night time stroll reveals a park nearby which is beautifully lit up at night
Apex for Chinese foot reflexology .. and after all the airports we have been in, in the past week, we are very much in need.
A typical street scene.
Chinese medicine and herbs are readily available on almost every street. Most of the store owners do not speak English so it was difficult to find out what many of the “ingredients” might actually be helpful for.
Lots of herbs, lots of medicines.
Logan berries ~ just one of the many fresh fruits available for sale on the streets.
Some type of funghi?
Ben is excited.. roast duck is quite the treat.
Medicinal herbal teas available on the street. Pretty novel. We shared a tea which promotes energy and were glad we did as it gave us energy when we needed it later (read on)…
Expecting the tea to be hot… but it’s not. Ha ha. Hong Kong is definitely quite a temperature drop from Indonesia and Singapore.
Lots of tall skyscrapers. This particular building has an interesting design all the way up the side.
Nestled between the tall buildings is a small fire engine-red and bright green Buddhist temple which lures us in, of course.
Beams of sunlight streaming through spirals of incense.
I (Ben) get a Chinese horoscope reading. “This year will be very busy!” um yeah, Peta says “I coulda told him that…”
The pungent smell of sticks and sticks of prayer incense burning, hangs in the air. The ceramic figure of a Chinese Mandarin is cast in a red glow from the many lanterns throughout the temple.
If you know us, you know we value the culinary dimension to our travels.
Hong Kong is rich with delectables…
Green Global Trek guide to dim sum ~ Hong Kong!
Hong Kong is definitely all about the dim sum. But the sushi in the little 4 person sushi bars is quite spectacular. Note how long the slab of salmon extends over the rice.
Classic huge dim sum hall packed with diners in a heightened frenzy of dim sum excitement.
Large puff sesame balls filled with air and pumpkin filling. A server came by and cut into these with a sharp scissors, at which point they deflated like balloons .. man, they were super yummy.
“It’s fun to be back a second time around!”
So THIS is the “traditional” Hong Kong gig.
But traditional, my girlfriend isn’t.
She looks yonder at the mountains that surround the sky-scraper-filled cityscape and says,
“There! that’s where I want to go!”
We have been on planes and in cities for a few days in a row and she is yearning for fresh air and some solid exercise. Especially as we will soon board yet another plane. Lately the refrain is “another day, another plane.”
Clickety click through fellow travel bloggers’ sites, and we’re off via Hong Kong’s modern subway system.
We are going to the edge of urban Hong Kong, to the foot of the ubiqitous mountain range.
Subway stops are differentiated by color, and of course for us, not able to read Chinese calligraphy, the signs feel like large modern art works.
We get off the bus which zigzagged at rapid speed across the mountains, at the start of the hike we intend to do. There is a map which gives us a good indication that this is going to be quite a hike! Let’s go…. The trail is described as “moderately difficult”, approximately 4 hours and is 8.5km.
ahhh love and fresh air… what more does one need?
Good way to burn up all that dim sum ~ going up and up stairs to the top of the mountain.
Dramatic views as we go up. Good places to stop and enjoy the vista across the bays.
The trail provides stunning views of the South China Sea.
Nothing quite like a good stretch in nature ~ especially after hours and hours of traveling.
The name of the hike “Dragon Tail” is now fully appreciated as we look ahead and see the top of the mountain range ~ a path which weaves along, looking just like the bumpy undulating tail of a dragon’s back bone.
The hike eventually took 5 hours, 5 hours of recharging our “batteries”, stretching our limbs and filling our lungs with fresh air.
Thanks for your comments and feedback. Please note that there may be a delay in your comments showing up on the blog from the time you write them, to the time they appear. As well, it appears that some of our photos show up sideways, intermittently, depending on the browsers readers use. Undoubtedly, for some of you, this will be the case. We have yet to figure out how to rectify this problem! It is a browser-related mystery.