Tuesday, April 22, 2014

From Pak Kung Au down to Mui Wo (Photo-essay)

No lie: for the third hike in a row, my hiking friend and I spotted a snake while out in the wilds of Hong Kong!  But unlike with the previous two hikes (whose photo-essays (complete with snake pics) can be seen here and here), the slithery critter we encountered slithered away before I could take a photo of it, so you're going to have to take my word for it with regards to our having come across it.

Happily however, other critters were more inclined to pose for my camera -- and even if they didn't, this trek along the eastern section of the South Lantau Country Trail that's become one of my favorite Hong Kong hiking trails to go along still did yield some scenic sights were savouring and, I reckon, sharing with others:-

At Pak Kung Au (aka Tung Chung Au), I worried that 
the trail'd be crowded with competitive hikers that afternoon

 ...but as it turned out, we saw more grasshoppers 
on the trail that day than we did other people -- truly! ;b

I know this colorful critter is a common Hong Kong butterfly
but I still am happy to see and take photos of it all the same! :)

Proof that I wasn't the only hiker out on the trail that day
who was into taking photos along the way ;)

This trail is criss-crossed with mountain streams,
some of which produce waterfalls during the rainy season

On a good visibility day, one can get splendid views that 
take in Pui O (village and beach), and the Chi Ma Wan peninsula

At Nam Shan, we decided to press on along down
the old village footpath to Mui Wo via Luk Tei Tong

Village houses are the most common architectural sights
in the greater Mui Wo area but also still standing are a few 


Goodbye HK, Hello YVR said...

Hi YTSL -- great pic of the butterfly though I had to look more closely for the grasshopper!

YTSL said...

Hi The Fragrant Harbour --

Re the grasshopper: ya, certain bugs do indeed go for the camouflaged look -- unlike the butterflies! (Hope you clicked on to the photo to get an enlarged version -- the grasshopper would be easier to spot that way!) ;b

alejna said...

Gorgeous photos! Looks like it was a beautiful day for a hike.

YTSL said...

Hi Alejna --

It was -- and helped make for a really enjoyable hike! :)