Hong Kong Travel Journal

Hong Kong

 The Buddha on Landau Peak.

The Buddha on Landau Peak.

Hong Kong took me by surprise.  For me, the name Hong Kong has always conjured up technological sophistication and colonial ambiguity, but I had never pictured a cultural side to the country.  I visited Hong Kong in April, which gave me a completely different perspective on the country.  

I stayed on Lantau Island for a week, during which time I visited Lantau Peak and the Buddha on top of it, various hikes, a few abandoned communities, a bustling seafood pier, *cough Disneyland cough cough*, and a few tiny fishing villages.

The parks are beautiful and sprawling, the culture is alive and well, and the people are very friendly.  One of my favorite places was Tai O, a little fishing village on the outskirts of Lantau Island.  Dried fish hangs from hooks, and the salty smell of seafood is pervasive throughout the village, which means that the cats are abundant.

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 Tai O, a peaceful fishing village.  Most of the buildings are on stilts to accommodate the tides.

Tai O, a peaceful fishing village.  Most of the buildings are on stilts to accommodate the tides.

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 I must have smelled like fish.

I must have smelled like fish.