Does your regular run include lush jungle foliage, stunning views, an old plastics factory and a Tang clan ancestral hall? (If it does: Hi! I know you.)
The air in the Netherlands will be fresher, but God, I am going to miss this run. I am going to miss it even though I have left buckets of sweat there due to Hong Kong’s sauna-like humidity and summer heat. Buckets and buckets of sweat.
Hong Kong running route: I will miss you dearly!
(photos captioned throughout)
My run starts with a lot of up. Lots and lots of up. This is a mere fraction of the up. Am I a badass? Only when I run it without stopping while listening to the theme to “Enter the Dragon.”
Towards a disused notice board on the side of Tai Po’s Cloudy Hill.
Past an odd, fenced-off, every-empty, but maintained tea garden near the ridge-line of Cloudy Hill.
Tree sign reading “花街” or flower street.
View towards Tai Po and across Tolo Harbour.
View towards Shenzhen, China. One can just make out the skyscrapers.
View past the jungle to Tai Wo.
Back through the jungle.
I wrote a short story about the old man who sits in one of these chairs most mornings (too rainy this day for him).
Hillside gravesite for cremated remains, I believe.
More permanent hillside gravesite for cremated remains.
Arriving at the bottom of the hill. Sign proclaims this as “Government Land” and prohibits dumping or excavation.
Old “Tai Wah Plastic Leather Factory.”
Warriors posted on doors of old “Tai Wah Plastic Leather Factory.”
Village alter in Tai Po Tau.
1960s village house in Tai Po Tau.
King Law Ka Shuk: Tang Clan ancestral hall in Tai Po Tau.
Doors to King Law Ka Shuk.
Having passed under the Kowloon-Canton Railway, I approach the Lam Tsuen River.
Crossing the Lam Tsuen River. At this point, the run can be lengthened by running along the river to Tai Po Waterfront Park. (Not this day.)
Mysterious pink building within the Mui Shue Hang Park. Answers anyone?
Sign in the Mui Shue Hang Playground. Pity the fool who’d like to recline in the park!
“Do not touch the exhibits.” Why include an unusable park bench and fake post box in a park? Reason: unknown.
Passing back over the Lam Tsuen River. Spot the white heron?
Running parallel to the train.
The glorious new foot and cycle path is (finally) complete (right before I move away).
Yours truly in a mirror in under the Hong Lok Yuen roundabout.