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Monkeying around in Hong Kong

On Tuesday, I went on my first trip with a good friend. We decided to spend two days in Hong Kong. When you want to escape the city madness of Shenzhen, Hong Kong is the place to go. The uninformed think the former British colony has only skyscrapers and crowds, but a closer look reveals 40% of the Special Administrative Region (SAR) is dedicated to natural preservation and parks.

After a bus from Shenzhen Bay to Kowloon, the first thing we did was take the Star Ferry across Hong Kong Harbour to a bus that winded up to the top of Victoria Peak. We went on a walk to get away from the tourists, which is easy to do. Being in the middle of a crowded city, it’s hard to believe you can walk in solitude! We had dinner at Firegrill, which offered us an amazing night-time view of the skyline.

The next day we wanted to see monkeys so we hiked Stage 6 of the MacLehose Trail, which connects Shing Mun Reservoir with Kowloon Reservoir in Kowloon. As long as you’re quiet and not eating food, the monkeys are pleasant company. Just don’t feed the wild monkeys!

The relaxing trip was a bonding experience for both of us. Perhaps in the future, we’ll play with Pandas!

Before and after a typhoon

I had two goals for the National Day holiday: to hike and relax. I accomplished both goals. I spent most of my time relaxing at home and cafés, but I did get an incredible Thai massage at a spa in Luohu. The highlight (and worst part) of my holiday happened in Hong Kong. I went there last weekend with Ranen to camp. Before we hiked to Tai Long Wan (a beautiful, isolated beach), I wanted to hike to the top of Sharp Peak. It was getting late and it would rain soon, but we pushed on. We were almost at the top when it started to rain. Then it rained hard! We ran for cover under a small tree and waited for the rain to stop. We didn’t have umbrellas. It was too dangerous to climb down in the rain. Ranen was scared and complained.

“I’m all wet. My phone’s going to die. I’m going to die.”

It was funny, but it wasn’t fun being wet. After 20 minutes, the rain stopped and we slowly climbed down the wet mountain. The wind was strong so our clothes quickly dried. We were in good spirits when we camped on the beach in my tent. The next morning we watched a beautiful sunrise and hiked back to Sai Kung. It’s a good thing we came back because a typhoon later brought heavy rain!