An Abandoned House

The weather is getting cooler and it is the right time for hiking.

Last Sunday, we went for hiking in the northern part of Hong Kong, close to the border with mainland China. While we saw some beautiful scenery, we also came across some abandoned or collapsed houses.

This abandoned house with banyan tree roots all over the walls really stunned us. For a moment, I was reminded of what I saw in Ta Prohm, Cambodia – the taking over of the temple ruins by the giant roots!CIMG3533

All I could see were three tree stumps on top of the roof; apparently, the trees trunks had been cut off and the roots were left to wither.

The house was built of stones before WWII and had a coat of plaster on the outside. Some of the plaster have now peeled off, leaving the inside exposed.

I couldn’t help wondering what had happened to those who lived in the house – why did they abandon the house and where had they gone; anything to do with roots???

99 thoughts on “An Abandoned House

  1. I think that sort of thought every time I see an abandoned house. I wonder who lived in it, what their lives were like, what made them move…I could write stories about those thoughts!! Love this photo.

    • The worst thing that could happen was for the roots penetrate into the wall structure and force it apart; but apparently, the roots didn’t do that. Regards, Michael

  2. Reblogged this on bearspawprint and commented:
    would like to see more of this house. All of the interior rooms and the attic and basement and all of the exterior surfaces. Is the kitchen a separate building? Too bad the trees were cut, they were becoming part of the structure. I think I would like to live in a house like that. Is there a potable water source? I wonder if the prelude to WWII had anything to do with the building’s abandonment? What stories must live there yet

  3. That looks unreal, movie-like. I love it! I do not know why they’d abandon it, I think it’s sort of interesting to have a house like that, but of course, it depends on other factors as well. Still, it leaves you with a sense of wonder.

  4. Hello Michael! This is too good to be true! What a lovely intergration between culture and nature. Landscapes would be more fun in this stylish way. Big buildings overrule everything, but here it is the tree that dominates, and its deep roots connect us to the inner world. Lovely post. Have a nice day!

    • Both here and in Cambodia, I have seen trees and buildings act as one, each assisting the other. The roots on this one are quite awesome. Thanks for the comment and have a lovely day 🙂

    • I have been showing quite a few photos of the giant root in Angkor Wat and will show more. It seems like I have developed a sensitivity for roots now 🙂

    • Hi, haven’t seen your initial comment – thank you for taking the effort to comment again – much appreciated. I am glad to be able to share this one with you, out of my mind, I only took one picture of the abandoned house!

    • I know my reader friends won’t just like a pretty picture – they also want their thoughts to be provoked. I need to think more when I shoot next time. thank you 🙂

    • Hi, although we have quite a few banyan trees in the territory, house like this are few and far between. It would be difficult to locate this house as it is far way from the beaten path. Regards, Michael

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