I’ve posted panoramic photos from Tai O before, but the photos have been taken from down in the village itself. Today we have 2 photos taken whilst on a hike above the village.
The one above shows the village as the backdrop to a panoramic area orientation board situated at a viewpoint on a local hill and the one below is my own panoramic photo taken from a very similar location – how did those 2 hikers manage to get in both ends of the photo?.
With enticing views, a full stomach, warm dry temperatures, no uphill left to negotiate today and beautiful blooms all around, this is one happy hiker!
As my last blog featured a photo of the old Hong Kong airport, it’s a bit of a coincidence that, the very next day, I went on a hike where I was able to take this photo of the new Hong Kong airport.
With two 3000′ high peaks within a very short distance from the runways, it must be one of the few major international airports in the World to be adorned with this sort of viewing gallery!
Hiking recently on Hong Kong’s Lantau Island on what was a swelteringly hot, humid, sticky day, we were glad of the cover and shade provided for a short while amongst all this green-ness. With all that heat and water, I suppose one shouldn’t be surprised at the supremely verdant nature of the countryside. In much the same vein, with all that heat, water and steepness, you wouldn’t be surprised to learn that there wasn’t a dry stitch on us by the time we got to the top!
When I started this blog at the beginning of 2012, the aim was to take a photo every day for a year; hence the blog’s title. As it turned out, 2012 was a success in ‘blog-title’ terms but 2013 is proving to be more of a difficult challenge. Looking back at the date of my last post, for instance, a more appropriate title would now be something like ‘monthbymonthbyphoto’ and even that would be rather optimistic of me. However, with a backlog of photos to now push out, let’s see if I can get back to being a little more ‘regular’.
Here’s a photo from this weekend. It was taken from atop a peak on Lantau Island in Hong Kong and is a panorama from slightly west of North on the left side of the photo to South East on the right. On the far left is Hong Kong International Airport with the New Territories and China beyond. In the centre distance, but barely visible, is the spectacular harbour skyline that most would know Hong Kong for. On the right side of the photo are Disneyland Hong Kong, the small village of Mui Wo and some of the many hundreds of Islands that make up part of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. For those who do not really know Hong Kong, it might be difficult to believe that we didn’t see another human being for over 5 hours on this hike – there’s more to Hong Kong than skyscrapers, dim sum and shopping!
When we started out on our hike to the top of Sunset Peak on Hong Kong’s Lantau Island this morning, the sun was only feebly leaking through a grey and milky sky and the contours of the land were indistinct in the distance. Despite a steep initial climb, the lack of full sun and the resulting cool temperatures dictated that long trousers and fleece tops were the clothing order of the day; but, barely a few minutes before this photo was taken, we passed through an almost imaginary line in the sky and the atmosphere totally changed. Suddenly we were stripping off layers of clothing, the air actually tasted sweeter, we could see for miles and the sky became a beautiful deep blue – we had escaped the layer of haze and pollution that can envelope Hong Kong at this time of year; trapped and contained beneath a meteorological ‘inversion layer’. In the background of the photo is Lantau Peak, clearly showing this not-so-imaginary line in the sky. Unfortunately ‘what goes up, must come down’ and, after a wonderful couple of hours spent hiking in this territory we had to descend steeply back down into the muck – hard on our lungs, our thighs and our spirits!
I’d come up to this peak this evening to take some photos of the sun setting over the Pearl River Delta, out to the right of this shot. As it turned out, the more interesting views were created by cloud, forming as the temperature dropped, then spilling up and over the ridgeline below me. This effect only lasted for some 10 to 15 minutes and then the misty clouds disappeared again. In the background are the peaks of Hong Kong’s Lantau Island .