A friend of mine who lives on Peng Chau invited me over to the Hong Kong Outlying Island for a visit yesterday afternoon. I thought of abandoning my trip when, on my way to catch a ferry over from one of the Central Ferry Piers, I had to pass by as many as 50 riot police inside the MTR station closest to it. I'm glad I didn't do so because things turned out to be considerably more relaxed and laid-back just a 25 minute ferry ride away and I had a pleasurable good few hours on the island shooting the breeze with friends, drinking, eating, enjoying the sunset from a rooftop, and taking in the fresh air that had a hint of fall to it.
Then I got home, switched on the computer, checked the news and found that there had been more clashes between the police and protesters at Sha Tin, Mongkok, Kwai Fong, Sham Shui Po, West Kowloon, Tuen Moon and elsewhere -- some of which that would result in more tear gas buffets before the day drew to a close. Suddenly, my brief Peng Chau sojourn felt like it had taken place in another world along with time; so much so that I feel a need to offer up photographic evidence in this post to show how different that part of Hong Kong looked and seemed from those that largely make the news these days, locally and far beyond...
View from a pedestrian bridge by the side of the IFC of the
main entrance to the Airport Express section of Hong Kong
Station (complete with multiple police vans parked by its side)
But 25 minutes, you can calm down by viewing serene sights
like this while standing on undisputably solid ground ;b
Not most people's idea of how Hong Kong looks
this summer -- or any other time, actually!
The very top section of Peng Chau's Tin Hau Temple
(which has had a revamp since I first took a photo of it!)
I didn't see a Lennon Wall on Peng Chau
but I did find an Abbey Road (sign) there... ;)