Hong Kong, day 3

My first solo day! Decided to explore as much of Lantau as I could fit in to a day. Did some shopping about to replace the 50mm, found a new one for around NZ$120. Pretty happy! Caught the MTR way out to Tung Chung, a place that grew up rather rapidly while constructing the airport next door.

Hong Kong, day 3

There’s nothing much central but for housing and the gondola up to the Giant Buddha, but I walked a little further. Sometimes a lot further. In search of a temple up the hill, I found a track down to the river and a pretty stunning water hole. Wai, I think it’s better than the Coromandel one. And so warm!

Hong Kong, day 3

Hong Kong, day 3

There’s military remains scattered all over the islands, this is a fort nearby. You can walk along the wall up in to the jungle behind.

Hong Kong, day 3

Hong Kong, day 3

Hong Kong, day 3

After hunting down another temple, I cut through the older estate there to see how that all worked. It’s completely insane. There are tens of thousands of people living in the towers, all clustered together in to a tiny city. I just couldn’t comprehend it, the density of people in this tiny space is unreal.

Hong Kong, day 3

Hong Kong, day 3

Time to be touristy again and head up to see the big guy. Gondolas still give me the heebie jeebies. That’s the airport on the left.

Hong Kong, day 3

Much as expected really, save for the fact he’s far bigger than I could have imagined, and the views across the island are incredible.

Hong Kong, day 3

Hong Kong, day 3

Hong Kong, day 3

Wandered about there for a while but completely missed the walk in to the forest, as the cute girl next to me on the bus reminded me on the way to Tai O. Oops.

Hong Kong, day 3

Hong Kong, day 3

Hong Kong, day 3

Tai O is another place I didn’t expect to see, and completely fell for. Like everywhere else, it’s a fishing village along a single road leading north and south out of the town centre. This one’s on stilts though!

Hong Kong, day 3

Hong Kong, day 3

Hong Kong, day 3

Hong Kong, day 3

Aside from a few bus loads of tourists a day and the TVs on in the houses at night time, it doesn’t feel like much has changed for a pretty long time.

Hong Kong, day 3

Hong Kong, day 3

Hong Kong, day 3

I took so many photos here, every little part of the place had something interesting to study. I could have filled a memory card just with photos of all the pets (and animals soon to be food) wandering about.

Hong Kong, day 3

Hong Kong, day 3

Hong Kong, day 3

Hong Kong, day 3

Hong Kong, day 3

Hong Kong, day 3

I got distracted watching the sun head toward the horizon, and missed the bus I was planning to leave on by only a couple of minutes. Turned out to the best part of the day though, as I stayed on the beach for an hour watching the sun disappear over the sea, with locals walking about and dogs playing with each other on the beach. You had to be there, stunning stuff.

Hong Kong, day 3

Hong Kong, day 3

A bus trip to Mui Wo on the other side of the island and a fast ferry took me back to Central. Another Star Ferry ride across the harbor (I love that trip so much, so very much) and I walked back through the night markets toward home.

Hong Kong, day 3

Hong Kong, day 3

The food expands out on to the streets too, I grabbed some fresh spicy cuttlefish for late eats. Thought it might be better than what I’m used to, but the stuff still has chew to it. Great though, and a fun environment. Had a nice chat to the South Africans eating next to me too, who quite proudly told me their home was where told the good calamari comes from.

Hong Kong, day 3

Hong Kong, day 3

Spicy dry fish left a big need for something sweet, so I tracked down an absurd desert place. Devoured their signature deliciousness, some crazy cookies and cream ice-cream on a yum base, layered with something else awesome, covered with meringue, drizzled with chocolate, then liqueur set on fire and poured on top. I’m sure there was more to it too. I don’t need to say how great it was.

Hong Kong, day 3

Hong Kong, day 3

Bought my first piece of junk at the markets, a set of Mario figures. Pretty cute. No idea if I was supposed to barter or not, I would have been rubbish at it anyway.

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