Hong Kong was not all cars and traffic and people, well not all of it. Around the other side of the island was a vast expanse of open country, hills, rivers and beaches. We hopped onto a public bus and 45 minutes later arrived at Stanley Bay where it was cold and rainy. It was so cold that I went into H&M and bought a green parka because I did not want hypothermia for the remainder of the trip. Eventually the rain calmed to a drizzle and allowed for some photography. Unfortunately, I only had ISO 200 film available, so the colours of the boats are not too clear or vivid. It was still a lovely sight to see a few colourful boats bobbing up and down in the bay.
We decided to go up to Ngong Ping Village, an old-style village up in the hills of Lantau Island. It’s ‘old-style’ and not ‘old’ because it is a tourist place! Designed to look old while offering full internet access, Starbucks Coffee and indoor heating. Nonetheless, it still possessed some old qualities, such as the Giant Buddah Statue, the largest in the world. It was a long hike up never-ending stairs to the top and if it weren’t already cold enough, a cold wind blew once we were at the top. Since we were all ill-prepared for Hong Kong’s springtime weather, my father and I bought a pair of thick scarves such that we wouldn’t get the chills. I was sick for the next two weeks, so I don’t think it worked.
Shot taken on Kodak Gold 200 film. I had to zoom in a bit so that I would only get a picture of the buildings rather than the protective railing… This adds more grain to the image. We were lucky that we had such a great view, the other days had been foggy and rainy. (If you look in the distance, you can see some fog over the distant skyline). It was the warmest day of all the days we were there, the previous days it had gone down to 11 degrees. It was a warm 17 on that day.