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Tuesday, October 4, 2022
Tai Mo Shan - 大帽山
Tai Mo Shan (大帽山), literally, "Big Hat Mountain" (old name, "Big Fog Mountain"), is the highest mountain in Hong Kong (957m or 3140 feet). Most of the time during the year, the peak is covered by cloud and that is how the mountain got its name. Maclehose Trail Stage 8 passed by the peak of Tai Mo Shan. However, above...
Tai Mei Tuk (大尾督)
Literally, Tai Mei Tuk (大尾督) means "the very end" because the landscape is located at the end of Mount Pak Sin Leng. In ancient China, people depict the curve of the mountain ridge as "the vessel of the dragon". Anything on the "vessel" is a sign of good fortune. That's also why people living in Tai Mei Tuk wanted to...
Pandanus tectorius (a.k.a. "Wild Pineapple" in Chinese) can be widely seen in outlying islands and along coastlines in Hong Kong, such as Tung Ping Chau, Grass Island and Wong Chuk Kok. It grows wild mainly in semi­-natural vegetation in littoral habitats throughout the tropical and subtropical Pacific, where it can withstand drought, strong winds, and salt spray. It propagates readily...
Ma On Shan Country Park (馬鞍山郊野公園)
Standing on top of Pak Sin Leng (八仙嶺), across Tolo Channel (赤門海峽), you can see the mountain ridges on Ma On Shan Country Park. In Hong Kong, mostly likely you will have a foggy weather. Everything far away is like Chinese monochromes.
Feral Cattle Feral Cows on Tai Mo Shan 野牛 流浪牛
Hong Kong people call these feral cattle "stray cattle". Nowadays, there are around 100 buffaloes and 900 cattle in Hong Kong, walking around Lantau Island, Shing Mun Reservoir and Sai Kung, where it is rich in water and grass. The "stray cattle" are usually abandoned by farmers who do not farm any more. When they wander the country parks, their...
Mani Stones (嘛呢堆) are usually inscribed with the six syllabled mantra (唵嘛呢叭咪哞 / Om mani padme hum), and placed together to form mounds or cairns along the roadsides and rivers as a form of prayer in Tibetan Buddhism. Tibetans believe carvings on the rocks would last forever, indicating their mind to their god would never change. This picture was taken at Tung...
Pat Sin Leng | 八仙嶺
Pat Sin Leng (八仙嶺) literally means "Eight Peaks of Immortals". It is a mountain range located in northeast New Territories and the highest peak is 591m. From Tolo Harbor, people can get a clear view of Pat Sin Leng's 8 stately peaks, named after 8 immortals in Chinese mythology: Shun Yeung Fung (純陽峰), Chung Li Fung (鐘離峰), Kuai Li Fung...
Sharp Peak | Nam She Tsim | 蚺蛇尖 | 塔門
On Tap Mun (a.k.a. Grass Island), tourists can get a good view of the east ridge of Nam She Tsim (a.k.a. Sharp Peak). It is the path that hikers usually choose to go downhill. (See south ridge of Sharp Peak.) At the end of the ridge is Tai Long Tsui (大浪咀), where very few people can get there after an...
Volcanic Eruption at Sharp Peak, Hong Kong
You can tell the "volcano" is fake. Sharp Peak is a tough hiking trail in Sai Kung Country Park for professional hikers. In clear weather, people can see the sharp peak from almost every angle in the east of Sai Kung. The real volcano in Hong Kong actually died millions of years ago, left thousands of hexagonal volcanic rocks along...
Tuen Mun District - Castle Peak
From the top of Castle Peak, hikers can sense the harmony between human and nature in Hong Kong. Hong Kongers are very conservative in reclaiming land from the nature. They respect the nature and live with the nature. If you have a chance to view the satellite map of Hong Kong, you can see that 80% of the land consists...