Thursday, April 7, 2011

Hong Kong Journal Day 20 On the way to Tai O via Tung Chung

Welcome to another episode of our China trip! After a restful sleep, breakfast from a nearby bakery was devoured quickly, we were filled with excitement as we were going to explore Tai O with Peter. This was a new Hong Kong destination for me but David was lucky to make a visit in 1989. Tai O is located on the Eastern part of Lantau Island, it's a fair distance from Yau Ma Tei but very popular with local tourists and those who prefer a quiet life by the sea.

On the way, a shot out the front window, bridges have always fascinated me, especially the big ones, below the linear cable structure appeared strong and everlasting.
A slight turn on our drive, the sign indicated we were heading the right way. Judging by the Mickey Mouse and plane symbols, there is also a Disneyland and airport on Lantau.
We noticed there were few cars on the road, after traveling through congested cities in China, this was a welcoming change.
Continuing at full speed through the toll, signs were in English and Chinese, payment was only required on the return.
A row of very tall hi-rise by the highway, monotonous structures in muted colors that blended with the hazy sky. Growing up in Singapore I was used to towering structures but these seemed higher than usual, has my 23 years in Canada made me accustomed to houses and green space?
The sign welcoming us to Tung Chung, Peter mentioned there is a fort nearby we should stop at, the mere mention of good photo opportunity peaked my curiosity.
We were surrounded with all kinds of picture moments in China, even the hibiscus on the highway divider was noteworthy. You know you're in Asia when you're surrounded with flowers and ridiculously green leaves.
We also observed Hong Kong architecture blended quite well with their environment, a lot of thought went into the design, the subtle pastel colors on the ones below created a soft interest in the otherwise dull forms.
Peter said the fort should be around here but there were no signs so we stopped to ask for directions. While David and Peter searched for a kind soul, I took note of the bright blossoms and snapped away. An orange cana lily with zebra leaves, what an exotic combination.
Sprouting by the lily, a Periwinkle which instantly reminded me of Singapore, a common sight in South East Asia, it is resilient and required little attention.
Red blooms with an unknown name dangled from a bush... what can I say, I love flowers, especially the bright tropical ones.
An elderly resident walked by, no directions was inquired from her. She wore a traditional Chinese outfit that reminded me of my grandmother, a fisherman's straw hat tucked under one arm as her sandals flip flopped away.
Nearby a cleaning lady hard at work, her broom swept up the tiniest bit of garbage, her hat a similar design as the lady's above, it must be the trend for street fashion. Could you see the dust pan was made out of a square tin can?
The camera's attention turned to the buildings across the street, they formed a collective dome, seemingly to echo the contours of the bordering trees.
We walked on continuing to search for a helpful soul, the residential low rise down the path looked promising.
They were mostly 3 storey high but some looked fancier than the others...
...especially this one below, matt metal window frames, wrought iron balconies, stylish architectural details denoted a costlier home.
Around the corner, standard housing for the regular folks where cars were parked in a lot on street level.
At one of the buildings, a man was cleaning a bucket outside his home, directions were given by this kind sir and off we went to Tung Chung Fort, more on this next week!

1 comment:

  1. The high rises look very high. Most interesting.