HK Visual Diary: In my hood

6th December 2011


My living room window overlooking the breathtaking sunrise at 07:30am.

Four full days of no internet access and terribly sparse phone signal (grit teeth) in the rural and mountainous area of Shuen Wan 船灣, northern Tai Po District in New Territories.  I was literally starved of internet so at the moment I’m relying on this rip-off pay as you go dongle with a single bar to survive on until early February.  Pah!

I’m currently residing in a historic Hakka village surrounded by streams, wetlands, newly built villas and the nearby coastline promenade, as a suburban-city-hater girl from London hunger for fresh air and scenic greenery, this is pure luxury so I’m lucky to have an actual home.  But the disadvantage of living in such area like this minus the limited internet access, all the convenience goodies are forever miles away, say, the nearest ATM is about a 15 minutes short bus ride away…I know right?!

Okay, enough of my blabbing I shall leave you with some picturesque postcards of my local hood.

shuenwan3 Shuen Wan Temple, the Hakka villages’s place of worship which locates just opposite my house.
shuenwan7 Left: In one of my usual early morning walk I spotted this poor turtle presumed abandoned by a Heron.  Right:  My paternal-grandmother’s hand-made floor sweeper made from a thorn bush.
shuenwan8 This kiln-like cooking stove have been used in the Lee Family for over hundred years.
shuenwan4 Tai Mei Tuk (Plover Cove), a 5 minute bus ride from my village, kind of reminds me of my press trip in Lake Worthersee, Austria.
shuenwan5 Gosh I love this whole traditional Chinese fisherman’s look.
shuenwan6 Tai Mei Tuk’s peninsula, can’t imagine the typhoon season here.

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  • Reply Bea 6th December 2011 at 07:05

    So scenic you’re such a lucky girl. I really can’t imagine you have to trek miles away just to withdraw money from ATM, your village needs a bank.

  • Reply Jillyu 6th December 2011 at 07:59

    You have incredible photos and poor turtle but don’t worry it’s common for any animals dropped from the sky, if the Heron find them too big to eat while caught it’ll release from its mouth. Funny 😀

    I can’t wait to see more pictures.

  • Reply Vicky 6th December 2011 at 08:01

    Nice photos Kit! xxx

  • Reply Krys 6th December 2011 at 08:58

    Alas the middle-of-no-where feeling, but it must also be quite relaxing at the same time! Everything looks so pretty and charming; hope that you continue to enjoy yourself during your stay there!

  • Reply the nyanzi report 6th December 2011 at 10:31

    my jaw is on the floor. the views in the last three shots are breathtakingly beautiful.

  • Reply Sha 6th December 2011 at 14:47

    Such beautiful photos! Can’t wait to go back to HKers!

  • Reply Winnie 6th December 2011 at 18:55

    You’re really lucky to have such gorgeous views Kit! When in HK, I live on HK island side and it’s pretty dense and built up and we don’t have wonderful scenic views like this where I stay…just lots of apartments and commercial buildings! Stunning. Bet the air is so much clearer too.

    • Reply Kit Lee 6th December 2011 at 23:19

      @Winnie The advantage of living in high rise apartment is you won’t have moisquitos LOL, or if better positioned you can see the whole of HK. Air is more clearer in the countryside which good for my breathing, I’m still coughing when I’m out in town which sucks.

  • Reply mat 6th December 2011 at 23:22

    great images, bet you are really happy with the way they have turned out. what do they call those hats btw?

    • Reply Kit Lee 6th December 2011 at 23:31

      @mat Thank you Mat. They’re just typical straw hats or sun hats, 10p from a market 😀

  • Reply KPT 6th December 2011 at 23:48

    Welcome to HK! Your photos are amazing and so different compare to 5 months ago, new camera? New lense?

    Glad the comment box is back.

  • Reply Natacha 9th December 2011 at 07:13

    love your hong kong piccies, the fisherman is definitely looking good – I agree with that! PS: LOVE LUXE! thanks x

  • Reply gogochan 9th December 2011 at 10:14

    Wow. It just happened when i blocked some of your phrases in the article to copy and paste them (to translate them if you are suspicious :p), i figured out that the color is pink. OH, do you get what i’m trying to say? Hopefully 😀
    Love the turtle, btw.

    • Reply Kit Lee 9th December 2011 at 10:25

      @gogochan Erm not a clue hehehehe.

  • Reply Terese 10th December 2011 at 08:00

    What a stunning view of rural HK?!

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