Going to Hong Kong for a breath of fresh air – you gotta be kiddin’, right? In September / October 2015 this scenario is reality. Plagued by persistent haze from Indonesia, PSI readings in Singapore remind us of bad days back in Beijing a few years ago.
Hop on a Tigerair flight just in time to join my HK hiking gang’s quasi mandatory Sunday activity.
The day starts humanely early @ 07:30. I need carbs to move from stand-by to operational: for HKD 28.50 (CHF 3.50 at the time of writing) a decent breakfast at one of the local giga-fast food chains called “Fairwood” is mine.
Hong Kong’s ubiquitous, fast and efficient public transport, which is a real estate company with an attached human dislocation division, gets us to the starting point.
Sai Kung Country Park offers spectacular views of the sea, our route is easy (very easy, actually too easy….), so my original plan to use this hike as a full dress rehearsal (aka fitness test) for the upcoming Hua Shan Hike isn’t happening today. Never mind, the stroll is very enjoyable!
PS: the dress rehearsal for HuaShan happened a day later: a mid afternoon solo ascent of Lantau Peak, HK’s second highest mountain. 900 meters altitude difference made for a very good work-out.