Abandoned Villages – My New Hiking Interest

I’ve recently been hearing and reading about various different villages in Hong Kong that are now abandoned.  I’ve always found it interesting looking at photography images of old empty buildings like you see too much of in Detroit and of crumbling foundations of temples and houses from hundreds of years ago.  Knowing that I can see a handful of each so close to where I live, I just had to do a little exploring!

The images below are just a few and just a start of more to come.  Please let me know what you think and also if you know of more places like this that I can visit.

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Hiking Tap Mun (Grass Island), Hong Kong

Grass IslandThis past weekend, I took a hike with some friends out to Tap Mun Island in the Sai Kung area of Hong Kong (click on the map, it’s the red island in the northeast area).  It’s kind of like a National Park in the U.S.  It was a bit of a trek to get there having to take the MTR (subway), then a bus, and then a ferry.  All in all, it was a 3 hour transport.

The island was pretty neat though and worth the effort to get there.  There are only about 100 residents on the island located in a small fishing village that resembles more of a military barracks than a village.  As much as I like Hong Kong, it’s always nice to get back to nature a bit.  The paths are fairly  multi-use and family friendly and the hike itself wasn’t too strenuous but still gave some great views, even though it was a cloudy day.

There seemed to be some sort of adventure race going on while we were there.  I wasn’t able to find out at the time but I’m looking into it.  If there is adventure racing in Hong Kong… I’m all over that like a fat kid on cake!

The beaches were more on the rocky side so not the kind you want to lay out at and the camp site area was a bit different from other places I’ve seen (and I’ve done a lot of camping).  Cows roamed the island so there were a few ‘land-mine’ areas to traverse.  There was also a small cemetery area unlike anything I’ve seen as well.  All in all, a fun time.  Slideshow of pictures is below…

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