Ooooo! As those who know me can attest, it's the sound I'm prone to make upon catching sight of cute Hello Kitty or Ponyo item -- and also, while out hiking on one of Hong Kong's many hiking paths, trigonometrical stations, a particularly eye-catching vista or some other cool sight.
And while there were no plushie sightings when my then regular hiking companion (who *sob* returned to Canada earlier this year) and I went hiking on the Nei Lak Shan Country Trail on Lantau Island back in July 2010, we definitely saw enough to ooooo and aaaah about on that particular excursion to make me decide that it was my favorite hike of that year.
Two of the things that made me gasp out an ooooo sound on that hike can be seen in the top most photo in this week's entry for Sandi's and Gattina's Photo Hunts. The first, on the left of that picture, is the Ngong Ping 360 cable car route connecting Tung Chung town and the picturesque Ngong Ping plateau -- and I count it one of the main attractions of the Nei Lak Shan Country Trail that part of its path is directly under the path of the cable cars!
The other thing visible in that top most photo that made me go ooooo when I saw it and realized what it was the large landslide "scar" on the side of Nei Lak Shan. It was due to landslide damage caused by typhoons that a few hiking paths, including the Nei Lak Shan Country Trail, had been closed to the public. In fact, the Nei Lak Shan Country Trail had been officially declared to be permanently closed before for about a year before the authorities reversed their decision.
Rather than re-route the path as they have with such as the nearby Lantau Trail Stage 4 though, the authorities actually repaired the sections of Nei Lak Shan Country Trail that were damaged by landslide -- and then laid out a trail atop and through the landslide damaged area. In all honesty, I felt a bit weird walking and standing in that particular section of the trail. But even while one part of me wanted to pass by it as quickly as possible, another part of me couldn't resist stopping to take a couple of photos from there. And so, will you ooooo when I hereby confirm that the third photo in this blog entry was indeed one of those? ;b