Notes from Hong Kong (and other places)

A few photos of Kennedy Town, my home on the northwestern coast of Hong Kong Island. The western terminus of the tramway is here, and a lot of land is currently being developed for the new MTR stations at Sai Ying Pun, Kennedy Town, and HKU. At present it’s still a fairly traditional district and it isn’t very commercialised. I wonder if in a decade it will become more like Causeway Bay! 

Apart from a brief stop in Hong Kong between Vietnam and Thailand, I hadn’t really spent any time here post-exams. Arriving back late at HK airport (always a pleasure) meant that it was a taxi back to HK Island. The notoriously quick taxi drivers really come into their own on the open road - we went steady at 90mph!

Waking up feeling very lethargic after travelling and a late night, I went off for a run in the scorching heat - no need to go to Thailand to rid ourselves of that unhealthy-looking pallor of finals month! I ran west, around Mt Davis, past the Medical Campus, to University Hall (picture courtesy of HKU), and near Aberdeen (香港仔). Then I carried on behind University Hall past Pokfulam Reservoir which was a world away from the buzz of the city. There were dozens of big fish and turtles swimming, and the path went past several waterfalls feeding the reservoir. After a very hot hike up to Victoria Peak, relatively quiet on a weekday afternoon, I took the southern route around the Peak on Harlech Road and then back down through Pinewood Battery on the steep route to Kennedy Town. Spectacular views - it was a shame I didn’t have a camera.

After Vietnam it was back to Hong Kong for two days and then I flew to Thailand with HKU friends! It was a great trip, and we left a violent storm to return to a sunny HK at 34degC, having had good weather all week. Thai food is spicy!

In Hanoi I made my obligatory visit to Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum (having already been to see comrades Kim Il-Sung and Mao Tse-Tung). The statue is of Lenin (as also seen in China), and the behatted gentleman is a rice farmer. I am sitting on a tree over Hoan Kiem Lake, in Hanoi’s Old Quarter.

The top five photographs are from Hoi An, a peaceful UNESCO World Heritage site, and definitely my favourite place out of those I saw. The bottom two were taken at the famous Halong Bay, another UNESCO site. It was spectacular - my photos don’t begin to do it justice.