Monday, July 16, 2007

Out of the Ping Shan Heritage Trail II (Photo-essay)


Back when I was in Penang and was more regular and methodical about updating this blog, I tried to space out my photo-essay entries and consequently have only one photo-essay every seven blog posts at minimum. Since moving to Hong Kong, however, not only have blog postings become less frequent and regular but, well, sometimes, there are more things I want to share in the form of photographic images than text. So here's submitting my second Ping Shan Heritage Trail-focused photo-essay following
last week's. Enjoy? (I hope so!) :)

When in heritage buildings like the Tang Ancestral Hall,
it pays to take some time to check out and admire
the smaller things and details
(in this case, some ceramic tiles
adorning
the side rooms of the inner-most of its halls)

Similar ceramic tiles in the adjacent Yu Kiu Ancestral Hall

Another stop on the Ping Shan Heritage Trail
(and what surely must have been
an inspirational place in which to study) --

the visually impressive Kun Ting Study Hall

The unassuming exteriors of, among others,
the Kun Ting Study Hall (in the center of the picture)
and the adjoining Ching Shu Hin guest house
for prominent visitors and scholars (in the foreground)

At the other end of the Ping Shan Heritage Trail
from where I began --
the Old Ping Shan Police Station (constructed in 1899)
that's now home to the Ping Shan Tang Clan Gallery

cum Heritage Trail Visitors Centre


Panoramic view, including of some nearby graves,
from the Old Ping Shan Police Station
that's situated on top of Ping Shan
(More than incidentally, "Shan" is Cantonese for "hill" ;b )

Another panoramic view --
this time looking further west,

and including high-rise portions
of
Tin Shui Wai new town

Admit it: You wouldn't have guessed that
this peaceful-looking and greenery-filled photo --
and, actually, pretty much all of the photos in this photo-essay
-- had been taken in Hong Kong if I hadn't told you, right? ;b

6 comments:

alejna said...

It's nice to hear from you on your blog, no matter what format the post. And I do enjoy your pictures, and the accompanying narratives.

"it pays to take some time to check out and admire
the smaller things and details"

I love those tiles. I tend to be partial to the details in in many places. I have many a picture of a railing, window, or steps.

YTSL said...

Hi Alejna --

And it's nice to hear from you -- on my own blog as well as yours! Also, am glad that someone else besides me loves those tiles... :)

sbk said...

ytsl,

Such interesting places you're visiting. I enjoyed looking at all of them and the links you've provided too. Please continue.

YTSL said...

Hi sbk --

"Such interesting places you're visiting."

And I hadn't mentioned -- until now -- where I went (and took photos) this past Sunday! ;S

Also, thanks for mentioning the links. Funny/sad but true: Often, finding the right links makes up a lot of my blogging time!!! ;)

alejna said...

"Funny/sad but true: Often, finding the right links makes up a lot of my blogging time!!! ;)"

I know what you mean. Writing without links is so much faster! But I feel compelled to put links in whenever I talk about things that people might not be familiar with. I also feel a bit like I'm citing references. From what I can see, only a tiny fraction of people actually click on the links anyhow. But I think that those few who do click appreciate the links.

YTSL said...

Hi Alejna --

Snap! I.e., I agree that links feel like references -- actually, they feel better than references because this way, you really can get people to directly check out another piece of writing on the subject that you just referenced! :)