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.
The site overlooks the eastern entry into Victoria Harbour.
There is a historical connection to early Hong Kong as this site was the source of stone for many buildings in Hong Kong and particularly the “Old” Bank of China and the Court of Final Appeal which face each other on Des Voeux Road Central.
Quarrying had continued for a century, finally ceasing in 1940.
It’s a favourite for people who enjoy fishing, watching ships, flying drones, romantic walks and taking selfies.
For myself 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.