2021 has not shown itself to be all that great a year thus far -- with continued political ructions as well as pandemic problems in the three territories that I hold the most dear (and, not coincidentally, have spent the most part of my life in). In all honesty, what's been happening in Hong Kong alone seems enough to put more gray into my hair and worry lines onto my face. But when I factor in what's been happening in the USA and Malaysia too, never mind the world at large, I sometimes find myself wondering how much more my heart can take.
To help with both my mental and physical health, I've found myself turning to exercise and continued Hong Kong exploration by way of urban walks and countryside hikes. And even while I was again dealt reminders of Hong Kong now being home to political prisoners on my most recent hike (this time by way of my catching sight of Shek Pik Prison, the maximum security facility where Joshua Wong is currently incarcerated), I must say that my first hike of 2021 was generally very enjoyable, and even outright exhilarating at times.
For the first time in close to three years, I returned to a part of Hong Kong which I really like -- and would go to more often if it were more easily accessible. As it stands, going there and back involves two bus and one ferry rides each way for me. At least, as far as the hiking part of the excursion is concerned, things have been made quite a bit easier by my having discovered that one can access and leave the inland section of southwest Lantau without completing Stages 5 and 6 of the Lantau Trail in their entirety... :b
catchwater with some scenic views, it's time to head uphill
Lung Tsai Ng Yuen,
whose continued existence I was glad to confirm on this hike
For a good part of our five hour hike, the only other person
I saw was my hike companion for the day!
have actually got to cast their eyes on this beautiful vista
on the descent really are quite something --
and definitely worth stopping from time to time to savor
than anticipated to complete but we did manage to
get to the bus stop at hike end before darkness fell :)