Another part of Hong Kong where I've come across a number of cool-looking creatures (including the first lantern bug I ever came across) is the remote as well as scenic village of Sham Chung. And while my first visit there came by way of one of the lengthiest hikes I had hitherto gone on, I've since been able to time my excursions there to make it so that I can catch a kaito out from there to Wong Shek Pier (where a couple of reliable bus options exist to take one back to Sai Kung town and further into urban Hong Kong).
Consequently, a visit to Sham Chung is something that I've come to look forward to doing in the summer: what with the very doable hike there promising plenty of critter spottings (even when one's got insect repellant on!) along with a picturesque destination, and a bonus kaito ride that's particularly pleasant when a nice breeze is whipped up during the boat trip which also yields plenty of grand views of parts of Hong Kong which few people see, never mind venture to...
One of the more unusual caterpillars I spotted on the hike
-- and, actually, in Hong Kong thus far! ;)
What do you reckon: is it a caterpillar-like snail
or a snail-like caterpillar in the above picture? :O
After this point in the hike, it's all downhill -- literally
but not as far as the enjoyment quotient is concerned ;b
Critters continue to abound along the way, including
delicate looking ones like this damselfly
Sham Chung is home to a rare Hong Kong building
which dates all the way back to 1936!
Enjoying some quiet downtime on Sham Chung pier
while waiting for the kaito to arrive
Being out in nature makes one realize how small
a part of the world humanity actually is
While I plan to hike up Ma On Shan one of these days, I'm content
to just view Sharp Peak from a boat or generally low ground... ;S