In face of urbanization and competition from supply of farm produce and fishes from mainland China, in the last several decades, some farmers and families in the rural areas of Hong Kong have left their homes.
As a result of people moving out, some village schools in the rural areas have similarly been abandoned and deserted.
In our walks in the northern part of the New Territories in Hong Kong, we have come across not only abandoned homes but also abandoned schools such as the one shown here.
This school must have been abandoned for many years. There are no more doors and glass windows; although the building structure is still intact.
The architecture belongs to another era; the architectural details like the use of arches and earthenware balustrade also remind us this building comes from a different era.
While there, we seemed to have stepped back in time and could visualize what the school was like when it was full of pupils and how teaching was conducted at the time.
There are quite a few houses in the rural areas of the New Territories in Hong Kong which are abandoned.
In the last several decades, some people have abandoned their farm houses in response to the rapid urbanization of the city areas - younger people have gone to the city where they could find jobs more readily.
Others have left to emigrate overseas, leaving their houses unattended.
My first post on abandoned house showed banyan tree roots all over the walls of the house. This one has a lot of vine climbing up the walls. The red timber door and Chinese style tiles remind us of a different era.
Abandoned houses are always intriguing as they pose the question why they were abandoned!
This week’s photo challenge is Grand.
Grand can mean so many things to different people.
To me, only something like this is Grand!
I fully appreciate that this photo of mine is not going to do justice to the Symphony of Light which takes place in Hong Kong every night.
But hard luck, this is the only photo I got on Symphony of Light; it shows only three laser rays from the tops of buildings at the Hong Kong harbor front.
Wikipedia describes it as ” A Symphony of Lights is a synchronised building exterior decorative light and laser multimedia display, featuring 44 buildings on both sides of the Victoria Harbor of Hong Kong accompanied by music. The technology was developed by Australian firm Laservision and cost approximately HK$44 million . It has attracted over 4 million visitors and locals so far, and is held every night for ten minutes.”
The Tourism Board of Hong Kong introduced it as “Named as the ‘World’s Largest Permanent Light and Sound Show’ by Guinness World Records, colored lights, laser beams and searchlights perform in an unforgettable all-round spectacle synchronized to music and narration that celebrates the energy, spirit and diversity of Hong Kong. There are five main themes: Awakening, Energy, Heritage, Partnership, and the finale, Celebration”.
Don’t think it needs more elaboration from me. Please enjoy vicariously; if you want the real thing, then you have to come to our lovely city!
Seoul, no doubt, formed an interesting part of our trip to South Korea.
In our hour’s stay near N Seoul tower, overlooking Seoul, there was quite a change in scenery before and after dark.
I like the scenery after dark; the capital was sparkling with lights when viewed between the Autumn trees in silhouette.
Going back in time by an hour, when there was just sufficient light to see the fall foliage in colors, the view was somewhat different.
The views of fall foliage with the city as background were just enticing. What a difference an hour made!
I like the few lines in the song New York, New York:
If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere,
Come on come through, New York, New York.
As one who was born and now based in Hong Kong, I particularly like the skyline of Hong Kong.
If you don’t mind, maybe, I would change the lyrics to:
If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere,
Come on come through, Hong Kong, Hong Kong.
The night view of the skyline of Hong Kong is fascinating.
Originally, I was thinking of participating in this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge – Light with the night picture. But, on going through my archive, I would like to show the loveliness of the skyline in both night-time and day time.
Many of us are familiar with the night-time view, with the sparkling light emitting from the buildings; but the skyline with cloudy sky in the day time is also captivating.
Hong Kong, Hong Kong!
In the Spring of 1985, early one morning, I wandered down the beach of Harlech, Wales in the United Kingdom.
I walked over many sand dunes and found myself at this peaceful beach.
The light just shone through the clouds . . .. . . . . . . . . . Let There be Light . . . . . . . . . . . and there was light; an incredible view that I have never seen.
The maple leaves in South Korea are smaller in size than those I have seen elsewhere.
The many leaves cluttered together did give me the illusion of them being stars, shining brightly.
I have a special liking for these small multi-colored leaves.
I only have several photos which show the leaves distinctly as starry and have grouped them together in this post.
They are my twinkle, twinkle little stars.
When we stepped into the cable car, we didn’t know that it would be raining for almost the rest of the day.
Looking up at the Daedunsun mountain, the mountain top was covered with mist and even a bit mystical.
The cable car was crowded with tourists as we made our ascent. You can hardly squeeze your camera through the crowd.
Didn’t know that these few shots through the glass window of the cable car would be my last few shots in the dry that day.
The mountain slope was covered in bright colors. The fact that these shots were taken from the moving cable car mean that the foliage may not be in focus, but the colors and the mood are still there.
We were met by rain when we alighted at the mountain top. . . . . . we did not have the rain gears with us!
Will share some of the photos taken in rain in a later post.
Two quotes come to mind.
“Autumn burned brightly, a running flame through the mountains, a torch flung to the trees.” – Faith Baldwin.
In the picture below, a torch seemed to have flung to the trees, starting a fire.
The second quote is by Emily Bronte.
“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree” – Emily Bronte.
While walking up Naejangsan, every where we saw was red in color.