Happy New Year to you all! Hope you’ll have another gorgeous year!
Finally one of my dreams come true – to watch sunrise on new year’s day!
It’s really a random hike but it’s really lucky that my classmate was crazy enough to do it with me, thanks Jony. We met up at 0500, arrived Siu Sai Wan at 0530, ran all the way up to Pottinger Peak (about 300m above ground level) and setup our equipment for the stunning sunrise. We ditched the overcrowded scenic stopover on the mid-slope and went all the way up to the top of the Peak. Yay!!! It wasn’t easy but the breathtaking scenery worth every effort to make the trip happened!!!
Ivy tree (Schefflera octophylla) is a native tree species in Hong Kong flowering from November to December, its decent smell attracts insects like bees and butterflies for its nectar. In Southern China, the honey produce is called “Winter honey” or “Ivy tree honey”. The peel of ivy tree’s root and stem is also one of the main ingredients in the famous herbal tea in Hong Kong – 24 flavours.
Bauhinia × blakeana, the floral emblem of Hong Kong, is translated as “洋紫荊 (Transliteration: Foreign Cercis)”. Yet since Hong Kong was ceded to Communist China in 1997, despite the flower’s overwhelming appearance in the region’s emblem, flag and coins, it is more commonly called “紫荊 (Cercis)” – a plant of a different genus. The name change is obviously unscientific and simply based on political reason because the word “洋 (Foreign)” is politically incorrect from Communist China’s point of view.
Well, this is China, a very conservative single-party state, despite its “success” in economy achieved by sacrificing nearly everything else.
Opposite of Fung Hang village, across Starling Inlet is Yantian, Shenzhen. Right in front of us are the seedlings of the red trees, while countless of buildings had been erected on the other side of the sea.
Can urbanisation be stopped? Can the government leave this place alone?