When the weather's not great for hiking, consider
strolling along a waterfront promenade instead! ;)
but I saw more joggers there than pets this afternoon
Recently, the Hong Kong Observatory changed its 7 day weather forecast feature into one that extends to 9 days. Honestly though, I don't know why they bothered -- seeing as they frequently can't even get the next day's forecast correct.
For example, last weekend, I almost didn't go hiking because on Saturday, the forecast for Sunday said that there'd be thunderstorms -- only to find on Sunday morning that the forecast had been revised to be thunderstorm-less whereas this weekend, it was the other way around -- so even while I had planned to go hiking today, I woke up to rain and a text message from one of my hiking buddies letting me know that it also was raining in his part of Hong Kong.
By the late afternoon, the rain had pretty much stopped though. So, especially with the temperatures being in the low 20s on the Centigrade scale, I decided to go for a stroll on the waterfront promenade that stretches almost uninterrupted (except for about a couple of hundred meters or so at Sai Wan Ho) from Shau Kei Wan all the way to North Point.
From Sai Wan Ho to North Point, the promenade is located within the pleasant Quarry Bay Park (that, among other things, is now home to the fireboat Alexander Grantham). I've walked along the original section that goes from Sai Wan Ho to Tai Koo Shing before but this afternoon was the first time I went along the extension that was opened in December 2012.
Despite my visiting on a gray day, color me impressed with it. Like the rest of the park, it comes across as a welcome leisure spot that area residents happily make use of -- particularly joggers and fishing enthusiasts, and also those out for a casual waterfront stroll as well as pet (specifically dog) owners.
A while back, a friend of mine had complained that there's a lack of flat trails to walk along in Hong Kong. If we had the same conversation today, I'd be able to recommend this waterfront promenade stroll as well as the longer stroll I took a few months back from Repulse Bay to Aberdeen, the circular walk around Victoria Peak and a few more! :)