Sunday, 2 June 2013

Crystal Clear Panoramas

A rare postcard picture view of Hong Kong with blue skies
My friend YTSL was keen on taking advantage of the blue skies today and going up the Peak so I agreed to join her. Blue skies in Hong Kong are few and far between these days thanks to the smog generated within the city, and not -- as former Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen wanted us to believe -- from the mainland and so there was nothing we could do about it.

The clouds at High West create a shadow over the hill
It was 33 degrees today and needless to say we were quite sweaty! We were amazed by the crystal clear views of the city down below and took lots of pictures. We couldn't believe how far we could see -- various parts of Kowloon from Kai Tak and Sham Shui Po all the way into the New Territories like Ma On Shan.

One of the view butterflies we managed to take photos of
YTSL persuaded me to hike up to High West, a little known path up a hill that she says is on the map but doesn't have any signage, perhaps because the path is very narrow and steep in some parts without any railings.

As we were about to climb up the stairs, a Chinese man holding an umbrella was walking back down and said the views from the top were amazing. For me it was a bit of a hike, as I don't usually climb up stairs nor do I do Stairmaster at the gym! But I just went up slowly and surely like a tortoise and eventually made it up.

We were duly rewarded with yet another stunning view of Hong Kong -- a 360-degree view that overlooked the western and southern side of Hong Kong Island. From here we could see Lamma, Lantau, and Mui Wo in the distance, and my flat down in Kennedy Town.

Overlooking Pokfulam Reservoir, Wah Fu Estate and Cyberport
The other part of the walk involved YTSL checking everywhere for insects -- spiders, dragonflies, butterflies and any other creatures lurking about. We had a hard time taking pictures of butterflies because I put on a lot of insect repellant and butterflies don't like the citronella smell. Nevertheless we did manage to get s few shots of some that were willing to pose for us.

After we got down from this point, it was a gentle slope down to Kotewall Road, which also intersects with Conduit Road. We got on the No. 3 green minibus and within minutes we were down on Pedder Street in Central.

I don't think I'll be hiking again anytime soon, but was glad to have a relatively short one seeing some really cool views of the city. We have so many overcast days or smoggy ones that when it's a clear day, you sometimes wonder if you should get your eyes checked because everything seems so much in focus!
The view from High West overlooking Western and Kowloon

1 comment:

  1. It's funny -- we both took tons of shots but have chosen two very similar photos to put on our blogs today! :)

    I'm saving my bug shots for another day... but we didn't do too bad considering how much bug repellant you had on you!! ;b