When most people think of Hong Kong, they think of this:
But since we've been here a while now, it's nice to find ways to get away from the city every so often. We did the Ping Shan heritage trail at Chinese New Year and then more recently the Lung Yeuk Tau heritage trail. I want to revisit that one, since I got very distracted by the millions of blackflies trying to get a taste of my blood. Anyway, on Sunday we wanted to go exploring again, so we set off into the far North-East of Hong Kong, very close to the Chinese border. A lot of this area used to be part of the Frontier Closed Area, but that was scaled back in February this year, so there's a whole lot of new places to visit. We chose to start our trip at Sheung Wo Hang village, and then walk along to the border and Sha Tau Kok, and visit villages and whatever took our fancy along the way.
I don't know how old this tree is, but given the age of the village, I'd say around 130 years.
Obviously, there was a house here at some point, but the combination of the plants, mosses and weather have crumbled it into ruins. The plants are slowly winning in a number of buildings in this village.
We weren't sure what this place was. To us, it looked like a sort of barracks or something, perhaps a leftover from WWII or the civil war. There was a lot of fighting in the New Territories.
All in all, I'd say this area is well worth a visit, or even a revisit. It's nice to remember that Hong Kong isn't all hustle and bustle all the time.