Off-topic: recently spent a day walking around Cheung Chau Island, near Hong Kong. The whole place is paved, but it’s still great to explore, only a short ferry from Central pier. I took a steaming heap of photos before my camera died, and picked out a few I liked the best:
The guide book gives a suggested route – heading south and taking in as many of the touristy bits as possible. I suggest you go the opposite way, where you’ll get some fantastic views and be away from the crowds, then do the touristy route afterwards…
The town itself is tiny and charming, but with all the bustle of any other Hong Kong harbour village, which I love. I got some great photos of buildings, temples and people doing normal shit, but they couldn’t really capture what it’s like.
While walking around and taking it all in, enjoying the solitude that’s so rare when you live and work in HK island, it occurred to me that this has been here all along – it just took me over a year to actually come find it.
In hindsight, it’s pretty stunning how easily you can lose that sense of curiosity and fascination that comes with moving somewhere completely new, and let everything become dulled by ‘real life’!
Watching the sun set over what I can only assume is the South China Sea – my camera having long since expired – I resolved to get out and explore more before I leave this crazy part of the world. And get some comfier boots.