After getting off at a nearby bus stop, I went along an elevated walkway that's known as the Mills & Chung Path to Deep Water Bay Beach, then along the Seaview Promenade from there to Repulse Bay (both of which I first visited when attending the Sculpture on Hong Kong Sea 2009 event). Then after spending time checking out the colorful Kwun Yam Shrine at Repulse Bay, I continued my trek initially along the side of a road before connecting to a shaded trail I hitherto hadn't realize existed, and which eventually took me to Stanley via Ma Hang Park.
Although this excursion is too urban for the most part as well as easy to really feel like a genuine hike, it still can be quite a workout on a hot summer's afternoon; with my pedometer showing that I had taken close to 18,000 steps after I got home that day. Also, much to my surprise, I did actually get in some critter spotting along the way. So I guess I did get close to nature to some extent after all on this outing! ;b
Ocean Park's cable car ride and rollercoasters are visible
on a fine day from the Mills & Chung Path
Looking back from the Seaview Promenade at
Deep Water Bay Beach and the surrounding hills
Looking out across the water to Middle Island, home to
clubhouses belonging to the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club and
less prestigious -- but reputedly friendlier -- Aberdeen Boat Club
My praying mantis photographic subject stopped and
stared boldly at me and my camera! ;b
On the way to Repulse Bay, I caught sight of The Twins
and felt so good to be able to say I've been up those twin peaks!
Can you spot the brown stick insect?
This considerably longer green stick insect
should be much easier to catch sight of! ;b
Yes, there were some stairs to go up --
but they were way fewer than if I had
gone to Stanley via The Twins! :)