Weekly Photo Challenge: Now (Hong Kong)

This week’s DP theme for the Photo Challenge is Now.

I have a series of pictures here taken with a similar background – the skylines of the Hong Kong Island with the hills behind and the Victoria Harbor.12342677_808222855971893_5968102527660572133_n

All pictures have also in common the Star Ferry harbor crossing vessel.

The first picture have been take in the 1950s, the second one in the 1980s.1074828_564517866928007_1891007504_o

The last one was taken Now.

It can be appreciated from the photos the tremendous change that has happened to the shoreline / skyline of Hong Kong Island.DSCF2015

I didn’t take the first two photos, they were downloaded from the internet. As the source cannot be ascertained, I am unable to ask the photographers for their permission to upload. The credit of these photos belong to these unknown photographers.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Door ( at Jie O Island, Hong Kong)

A boat trip has taken us to the north-eastern corner of Hong Kong out on a lonely island known as Jie O.

This is a less visited island.

There stood a temple for the goddess of the sea.Jie O - Tung Ping Chau 006

The doors were most interesting, with the black and white door guards above a pair of brass lions as handles.


A Word a Week: Island

This week from Sue Ellen is the word Island.

Have always liked islands – I like islands which are sort of small and idyllic.

Of the recent islands I visited, they include Langkawi (Malaysia), Koh Samui (Thailand), Hvar island (Croatia). I have also visited Guam, SaiPan, Hainan island and the outlying islands of Hong Kong (China) but consider the first three islands  more attractive. Some of the islands are in fact countries, like the UK and Japan, I do like their coastlines but they are so big that I rather prefer the smaller ones.

My post on Koh Samui – Island Hopping (https://retireediary.wordpress.com/2012/04/21/koh-samui-islands-hopping/  was  published in April last year. Recently, there has been a big surge in the number of readers. Many of the readers like the photos of the islands showing their different shapes and environment. There is one more photo, belonging to  the same family, which I would like to share – it shows four islands with different shapes and disposition. Together withe blue sky and blue sea, they look surreal.DSC_0664

Are we islands?

In a way, we feel we are all islands, in a common sea ( a quote by  Anna Morrow Lindberg).

The Greener Side of Hong Kong – the Path Less Travelled

To many visitors,  the impressions of Hong Kong is one of  densely populated city where capitalism is practiced to the extreme. High rise buildings, neon signs, poor air quality and concrete jungle everywhere; people always in a hurry. The truth is that 40% of the territory is designated as Country Park. No matter where you are, within approximately  30 minutes  drive you are out into green environment, some even of pristine quality (for instance, the island with white egrets in the above image).

Today is a busy and interesting day, with the Ruby Sevens, the HK Chief Executive election and horse racing  all happening on the same day. It is an ideal day to be out of town, far away from the maddening crowd; leaving the hustle and bustle of the city behind.

We headed out to our “secret island “which is only 30 minutes drive from where we live; to watch the many egrets on an island and hike from Luk Keng, up the Sir Youde Pavilon and down to Nam Chung in the northern part of the New Territories.

It was a bit hazy. The sun was already out oozing a warm breeze on everyone when we made our accent from Luk Keng. Approaching the end of  March, some of the leaves are still brown, which contrast sharply with a big patch of green flat land left over from an old fish pond.

After an hour of hiking, we reached the Sir Youde Pavilion where we took a rest. Looking down from the pavilion it is hard to believe that we still have fish ponds nestled within the hills and valleys. The fish ponds were bunded by an intricate network of raised footpaths. In the background, we could see the Pak Sin Range (Peaks of the Eight Fairies).

At this time of the year, some of the trees leaves look so young, fresh and green. We passed by this funny old village house, half of which was constructed 60 years ago and the adjoining half (the ugly half) was only  reconstructed in recent years.

No photo would do this tree justice. Over the years, I have always tried to photograph it but have never been able to catch its form or elegance. It leans out so much to the serene waters as if  it is reaching out for something.

Finally, we reached our destination, the A Chau island with many egrets. This island  has always attracted us coming  back; it is enjoyable to watch egrets fishing, wading in the water at low tides, resting on the island, flying alone or in a formation.

There are lots of places in HK which are unheard of by tourists but nevertheless  are green and picturesque. Driving down town, we stepped back into another world. . . . . . a fast-paced city, bright lights, high-tech shops, endless boutiques and glistening skyscrapers . . . . . . . . . .