Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Along Hong Kong Trail Stage 8 and more (Photo-essay)

Before anything else: hope everyone -- whether you live in a part of a world where Christmas Day is a public holiday or not -- have had good days.  Although it's been 15 years since the British handed Hong Kong back to the Chinese, Christmas Day remains a public holiday in the Fragrant Harbour.  And as has become a tradition of sorts for me, I went out hiking today.

But rather than put up pictures of that hike today, I'm opting to offer up photos from a hike I went on one windy as well as cloudy September day last year -- one that took me along the Dragon's Back and the rest of Hong Kong Trail Stage 8 up until Pottinger Gap, where my hiking buddy and I opted to follow the Pottinger Peak Country Trail until a turn off that brought us down to Big Wave Bay via a path that ends close to a prehistoric rock carving in the area.

Alternatively put, the hike we went on that day covered some ground that I had not previously been on as well as trails that I had been on before.  And yes, I do consider a sign of my growing confidence and familiarity with Hong Kong's hiking trails that I now feel able to cobble together a hike route from different official trails. :)

  As this view from early on the hike shows, it was cloudy
but visibility was not too bad at all that day
 
 Of course I had to take a photo of yet another
trigonometrical station that encountered on a hike! ;b

 The view from the top of the ridge takes in Shek O 

 View from the Dragon's Back of Big Wave Bay
and the section of trail that we ended our hike on

Yes, there are indeed parts of Hong Kong Trail Stage 8
which are not up on the ridge

Spot the grasshopper? :)

A more close-up view of the path that could be seen
three photos above this one

A big sign warning of big waves was a sign
that we had made it to hike's end at Big Wave Bay :)

2 comments:

The Fragrant Harbour said...

Oh! Your picture has inspired me to try hiking Dragon's Back!!!

YTSL said...

Hi "The Fragrant Harbour" --

Which picture? Because, among other things, do note that not all were taken while on the Dragon's Back or even Hong Kong Trail Stage 8! ;b