Now that I have retired my schedule is clear for explorations beyond travel photos on vacations.
Despite living in Hong Kong for 20 years I have struggled to produce work that interests me – incredible as that may seem in such a dynamic city.
Initially I explored the shore at Cape D’aguilar(see further below) to see what I could find – interesting but a bit of a hike there and back.
Lei Yue Mun
I have been curious for a while about a place called ‘Junk Bay’. I had no idea what I would see other than shoreline – the walk part turned out to be quite manageable – through Lei Yue Mun, past a temple and revealed a popular undeveloped spot(hopefully it will remain so) near a long abandoned quarry that is linked to some important buildings in Hong Kong(including the original Bank of China and Legco and probably many more).
The site overlooks the eastern entry into Victoria Harbour.
It’s a favourite for people who enjoy fishing, watching ships, flying drones, romantic walks and taking selfies.
I can wander around for hours, take photos, watch passing ships and fishermen trying their luck(or just sitting holding a rod, who can tell) and be almost totally ignored while I explore the remains of the quarry.
The cape is a ride on the No. 9 bus from Shau Kei Wan then a 1 hour walk from the Cape D’Aguilar bus stop – it doesn’t stop here on every trip so it is important to check before boarding.
On weekends you can buy some local dessert part of the way but they usually run out of my favourite tofu by the time I get there.
The walk reaches the cape at the, now unoccupied, research station. Along side is the skeleton of a Killer Whale “Ho Wai” who performed at Ocean Park – there are other theories about this skeleton also.
Either way ‘she’ is a bit worse for wear, has had a few repairs by the look of her bones, and looks like she will crumble to nothing before too long.
You will likely have to put up with insta-grammer’s leaping around in front of things having their photos taken if you go on a weekend.
The sea breezes can make this a very pleasant spot even at the height of summer – you just need to get close to the cape to feel the benefit.
I love rocks and water, some wood thrown in is a bonus.