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Hong Kong – in the wet season!

Hong Kong – in the wet season!

This week I am making a quick visit to see the family in Hong Kong. The late arrival of our flight alerted me to the weather conditions that made the first few days of the week very saturated! Of course I should have been more diligent about researching the weather before I left – I was prepared for the heat but didn’t bring a rain jacket or suitable shoes! You can see from the photos below that Big Wave Bay village was practically awash! All the creeks and streams were gushing and so were the pathways from the house to the car park. The 30° plus heat and the rain make it really sticky but of course create bright verdant growth everywhere as the little vegie plot along the pathway demonstrates!

Rainy bwb

On the way into the city there were several places where work teams were repairing mudslides and in the city the high rises and crane tops were hidden from view by the mist.  Umbrellas were the order of the day but the rain didn’t stop a little bird singing its heart out from inside a plastic covered cage midway up a high rise in the centre of town.

HK in town rainy

What else could we do but make our way to our favourite yum cha restaurant and wait for the rain to ease!

Yum Cha Happy Valley June 2017

Meanwhile outside the malls taxis queued up by the dozens to collect shoppers who hope to stay dry and in the traditional market areas it was business as usual under the awnings!

meanwhile taxis and butcher

As I write this the rain has stopped and the sun is out and it is hotter and steamier than ever!

Andrew and kids

PS – now its raining again!

Big Wave Bay Village

Big Wave Bay Village

A number of shops line the single lane road which runs down to the beach at Big Wave Bay.  They are very colourful with kids’ beach gear, surfboards and other paraphernalia hanging outside the shops and most sell noodles or some other food and have a small eating area as well.
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Another road runs down to the village car park where residents leave their cars and walk to their houses. From the car park the path passes the village post office and winds its way through houses, past shrines and gardens and up a gully with a creek flowing down from the hills behind. Many of the houses back onto scrubland and there is lush looking vegetation everywhere.

Village 9

Village 6

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Village 2

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Everything that goes into the construction of the houses, all the household goods down to the grocery shopping has to be transported along the paths.  They are a bit like the snickelways of York and other old cities. Some people have motorised transportation and almost everyone has some sort of trolley. Passing each other on the path is a great way to get to know the neighbours!

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Big Wave Bay @ 22 degrees north ….

Big Wave Bay @ 22 degrees north ….

…….is the home of our Hong Kong based son and his family. They live in the village of Big Wave Bay which is on the southern coast of Hong Kong island. The beach at Big Wave Bay is popular at all times of the year, with decent swells for surfers in the winter, and is thronged by swimmers and picnickers in the summer.

Big Wave Bay beach

This weekend just gone we went to the beach fairly early in the morning and enjoyed the relative peace and quiet before the crowds arrived. This time of the year it is hot pretty much all day with temperatures ranging from 28 – 33 ish celsius. The sun is particularly fierce in the middle of the day and the sea temperature is quite warm so there is no body shock on diving in.

 

Big Wave Bay beach-4

Looking back from the beach is quite a large expanse of forest running up to a range of mountains called Dragon Back. This is Shek O Country Park, similar to one of our national parks. It has a number of walking trails through it, including one which runs along the Dragon Back and has magnificent views on either side of the range. We’ve walked it a few times but it’s too hot and humid at this time of the year for me to do though!

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