The Other Side of Hong Kong – Tiger Mountain

L1001445-1The first “off the track” location I visited in Hong Kong was the “Tiger Mountain” (虎山) located in “Tai O” (大澳). Everyone came to Tai O to experience the lifestyle and culture of fishing village, I was rather surprised that there’s such a hiking trail hidden at the back of this fishing village. The hike was rather short and not too physically demanding.

When you reach Tai O bus terminus, look for the signboard that guide you towards “Tai O Historic Hotel”. Along your way, you will see “Shao Lin Centre” on your right, and of the left of the entrance you will find a small staircase with signboard stating “This way to the Tiger Mountain”. Follow the steps and hike your way up. You will walk pass a few cemeteries so just be aware, be careful and be respectful. At normal pace you can probably reach the peak in 30 minutes of so. The climb wasn’t that steep, most of the trails are proper stairway so it’s fairly easy to get to the top.

L1001439-1There’s a small hut at the top for you to rest. It’s a very nice view on top as you get to see the ocean at one side and greenery on the other side leading towards the fishing village of Tai O. Besides that, if you are lucky, you will be able to see “Chinese dolphin” swimming and playing in the sea. Aside from dolphin watching, there’s nothing much to do on top, but the breeze and the serenity alone is enough of a reward for your hard work.

To descend the mountain, just follow the original path of where you came from. This is indeed a refreshing experience for me. My first hike in Hong Kong ended up a fruitful and rewarding one, and this was the first time I’m experiencing what the nature can offer in Hong Kong, something different from the usual concrete jungle. So the next time when you pay Hong Kong a visit, try and see if you can spend some time here.

The Other Side of Hong Kong

L1001471-1Hong Kong is a city well known for it’s skyscrapers and streets. It’s common for people to visit places like Central, Causeway Bay, Tsim Sha Tsui, Mongkok and so on as these are probably the attractive locations that are heavily promoted by travel guide and tourism board.

I can’t deny the fact that they are indeed very good places for you to get a concentrated feeling of Hong Kong’s life and culture. And for people who lives in other cities like Singapore, they probably will find Hong Kong to be extremely similar to where they live, perhaps too similar until they find it boring to pay a visit.

In 2016, I was visiting Hong Kong for the third time, and I can’t help but keep asking myself “what else can Hong Kong offer other than vibrant city and busy streets?” To answer my question, I had spent some time in researching what other places and things I can do in Hong Kong and plan them into my itinerary. I’m not trying to be too adventurous, and I still miss all the street foods and local market, hence I’m visiting the “usual” places while sparing two days for some unknown adventure.

I’ll share the details a little more in my coming post, so do stay tune for more. Till then, happy shooting.

Personal Project: Photobook on my Japan Trip

I have completed a personal project for this year, which is to publish a photobook about my travel experience in Japan. Technically speaking, this is not a travel book, nor a photography book, it’s a bit of both with some writings from me that share some of my thoughts, feelings and emotions while travelling to the land of the rising sun.

I would like to apologize that this book was written in Chinese instead of English. I’m more comfortable to write in Chinese, as I felt that I can express myself better through this language. Nevertheless, I’ll try to translate some of the writings and share through this blog in the future.

I had made similar books before this which incorporate my very own writings and photographs. I like to write and share about things that I learn, my opinions and so on. I like photography, and I like to travel. Hence, this book was born by merging my interest in these three activities / hobbies.

For those who are interested to check it out, please feel free to click on the link here to download and read on your own leisure. Hope you enjoy this book of mine. Thank you and have a nice day!