03.09.07

South Chinese Sea – 6. 3. 2007

Posted in Hong Kong at 12:42

Fortunately it was not raining anymore so I could finally do my trip to the south of Hong Kong Island. A 20 minutes bus ride brought me to Aberdeen which is famous for its junk village Shek Pai Wan in the Aberdeen Harbour (photo). The second biggest junk village on Hong Kong Island.

I am still wondering how they plan their bus routes in the big Asian towns. Already in Taipei I recognized that the bus 39 that I had to take to my hotel was stopping on 3 sides of the main station which was measuring about 300 x 200m. Are the Asian people generally really that lazy in walking? And now I was sure 😉 . Already five minutes before we arrived at the Aberdeen terminus I believed to see latter on the other street side connected by a subway. But nobody was exiting. After taking several back roads the bus arrived at the previously seen place and finally yet all the people were leaving. When exiting before the people could at least save five minutes but had to walk 50m more. Now I am not wondering anymore that you can see a lot of information and advertisements how to stay healthy. This topic is actually much more important for the people here than I fell it is in Europe. But somehow they still do not really understand the basic that motion is one of the most important parts of it.

I first payed attention to the Aberdeen Wholesale Fish market. Every morning the fishermen bring here their fresh catch were it is retailed to restaurants and fish dealers. They were temporarily stored in small water basins and mostly sold still alive (photo). Later in Shau Kei Wan I saw how the still wriggling fishes were slaughtered in front of the customers (photo). A remarkable place in Aberdeen is the Chinese cemetery. One entire hill slope is peppered with stone graves. No green, no flowers only costly stonemason constructions. Not a very lovely place but very impressive to see. I imagined Aberdeen completely different. While I thought it is a kind of fisher village also here the townscape was stamped of huge high-rise buildings. The Chinese government built them cheaply for moving the people from the junk village to controllable environment.

Back on the seaside suddenly a wife in a sampan was yelling towards me. She offered to show me around in the junk village from her boat. I accepted and so we rode around in the Aberdeen Harbour for about half an hour what cost me 60NT$ (CHF 9). She did not only show me the junk village but also the biggest Floating Restaurant “Jumbo” (photo) and the modern marina in the Aberdeen South Typhoon Shelter.

Back on land I was observing a special religious ritual which mainly elder women practicised. Near the Hung Shing shrine they were sitting on the sidewalk enlightening candles, smashing eggs in front of them and slapping carton tigers with stripes of animal fat. Afterwards they burned some papers and threw rice or something above this mess. Unfortunately I could not find out what this was all about.

But actually I wanted to find a peaceful place away from this concrete jungle. So I went further to Shek O (photo). It is a small resort in the south east of Hong Kong Island. And it was breathtaking. A big sandy beach (photo) which was because of the winter season and the cloudy cold weather nearly empty. It was surrounded by rocky shores. But here the time seems to stand still. A beautiful view to the South Chinese Sea (photo, photo) was offered and the light wind was playing with the water surface. The busy life of the metropolitan was forgotten in one second. That is the place that I was looking for. 🙂

Unfortunately evening fall apart again and I went back to Shau Kei Wan where I enjoyed a tramway ride (photo) along the northern districts of Hong Kong Island. Barry Bay, Northern Point and finally Causeway Bay. I made a big journey by public transportation today but it nearly did not cost me anything. To Aberdeen 4.6HK$ (CHF 0.70), Shek O 6.8HK$ (CHF 1) and the tramway was only 2HK$ (CHF 0.30) no matter of the distance.

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