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My Week in Hong Kong – Take 2

I should have known. When D and I go away together, we go walking. Hiking. Along undulating country paths, and boy do they undulate in Hong Kong.

Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy walking. I enjoy the views and the country air and the exercise. Much better than the crowds and the pollution of the city. It’s just that sometimes, when D has sprinted to the top of a steep hill and I’m still struggling at the bottom, I feel a bit deflated. But when I finally reach the top, my high spirits return.

Sai Wan Shan
Sai Wan Shan

And some of the time we worried about the threatened thunderstorms. We experienced one of those on our first evening – from inside an underground train station. It certainly wouldn’t be pleasant to be caught in one of those with no protection around, but fortunately we weren’t.

We saw some magnificent views, but the one that interested me the most shows the countryside and the city on a misty day.

Shek O National Park
Shek O National Park
Shek O National Park
Shek O National Park

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We walked through a fishing village with ramshackle houses and TV aerials and air conditioning.

Tao O fishing village
Tao O fishing village

We were fascinated by the myriad of fish shops, but didn’t feel tempted to buy any. We passed restaurants full of people eating tasty-looking meals, but were put off by Chinese-only menus and waiters who didn’t speak English. We felt more comfortable eating in the city, where English is spoken and written.

Back in the city, we marvelled at Kowloon Park with its birds, waterfalls, heritage museum, totem pole,

Flamingos in Kowloon Park
Flamingos in Kowloon Park
Totem Pole in Kowloon Park
Totem Pole in Kowloon Park

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and much more. We enjoyed watching groups of little children in their colourful raincoats.

Kowloon Park
Kowloon Park

And there was more climbing in the form of steps leading to the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery, which deserves a post of its own.

Chinese White Dolphins
Chinese White Dolphins

By Miriam Drori

Author, editor, attempter of this thing called life.

9 replies on “My Week in Hong Kong – Take 2”

Sounds like you had a lovely time. Your post puts me in a holiday mood. I could identify with lagging behind when going up the hills. Even in just ordinary walking, I keep ending up several paces behind my husband. He goes to a running club and is super-fit compared with me.

Sounds like such a wonderful time was had with the walking and the hiking. Although you weren’t able to eat in the the smaller local restaurants, it must have been great to be immersed in the daily life and seeing its beauty. Thank you for sharing the pictures. Looks gorgeous.

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