The New Territories – History and Nature

This is the second half of the New Territories article. The first part can be read here. But it’s just about a bunch of temples, so you can safely skip it, no worries. And to keep in line with the more boring attractions, let’s read about the Ping Shan Heritage Trail. It’s one of several heritage trails build throughout Hong Kong. It focuses on the Tang Clan – one of the Continue…

The New Territories – Temples

The New Territories are one of the three main parts of Hong Kong, along with Kowloon and Hong Kong Island. They were also under British occupation between 1898 and 1997. Full history lesson on Wikipedia. The area is pretty big, so it’s getting two articles. Let’s start with the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery. Well, it’s actually more like 13000, but who’s counting? The more, the golder, the merrier. All of Continue…

Kowloon

Kowloon is the urban area on the south of Kowloon Peninsula. Along with Hong Kong Island, this was under British administration until 1997. It is one of the most crowded places on Earth. It is also where we had our basecamp for about two weeks. The district of Mong Kok has a density of 130.000 people per square km. A lot of the housing buildings here have been converted into shopping centers. Continue…

Visiting Hong Kong Island

The top tourist attraction on Hong Kong Island is definitely Victoria peak. We’re not talking here about the actual peak (which is a little higher up) – normal people don’t care about these technicalities. If the road stops there and it says “Victoria Peak” and there’s a 5 story shopping mall with a viewing platform on top, then it must be the peak. There are 3 ways to get there. Tram Continue…

Celebrating the New Year with a 50K run around Hong Kong

While preparing for the Hong Kong trip, I also looked around for some races. HK didn’t disappoint and I stumbled upon Ultra Trail Tai Mo Shan. It’s a trail running competition featuring three distances. The longest one is 162 km long (and 9000 meters of elevation gain). If you’d care for something shorter, there’s the medium distance – 115 km (5300 m+). Finally, the short race (and my choice) is just 50 km Continue…