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Elephant Hill Ma On Shan 馬鞍山靈象

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休息一會後沿靈象另一邊山徑下山,在第一個警告牌的前方往右下行,不久,在第二個危險警告牌左方再向下走。初段比較陡斜,略需手足並用,途中看到左方狹谷向下伸延。繼續沿山脊行走,不久已漸看到山下的麥理浩徑,於警告牌左方的山徑下山,初段斜度也十分大及有些碎石,需用手來扶助,最後到達山坳及接上麥理浩徑。

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A: Hiking On Ma On Shan (馬鞍山杜鵑花開), NT, HK

por wongchichuen, 50 metros de distancia

Ma On Shan, rising 702 metres above sea level, is the second highest peak in the New Territories, ran...

Hiking On Ma On Shan (馬鞍山杜鵑花開), NT, HK

B: Sunrise @ Ma On Shan(馬鞍山觀日出), NT, HK

por wongchichuen, 120 metros de distancia

Ma On Shan is saddle-shaped peak in east of Tolo Harbour in the New Territories of Hong Kong. With a ...

Sunrise @ Ma On Shan(馬鞍山觀日出), NT, HK

C: Hiking On Ma On Shan(馬鞍山杜鵑花開3), NT,HK

por wongchichuen, 130 metros de distancia

Ma On Shan, rising 702 metres above sea level, is the second highest peak in the New Territories, ran...

Hiking On Ma On Shan(馬鞍山杜鵑花開3), NT,HK

D: Azaleas Bloom(馬鞍山杜鵑盛開)@ Ma On Shan, NT, HK

por wongchichuen, 130 metros de distancia

Ma On Shan, rising 702 metres above sea level, is the second highest peak in the New Territories, ran...

Azaleas Bloom(馬鞍山杜鵑盛開)@ Ma On Shan, NT, HK

E: Ma On Shan Hilltop 馬鞍山頂峰之巔

por njohn, 150 metros de distancia

馬 鞍 山 之 巔 , 這 裏 可 飽 覽 由 北 面 的 赤 門 至 東 面 的 西 貢 半 島 全 景 。

Ma On Shan Hilltop 馬鞍山頂峰之巔

F: The Verdant Countryside of Hong Kong from Horse Saddle Hill

por Arroz Marisco, 150 metros de distancia

Standing atop the 702m high peak of Horse Saddle Hill (Ma On Shan), the verdant countryside of Hong K...

The Verdant Countryside of Hong Kong from Horse Saddle Hill

G: Top of Ma On Shan(馬鞍山之巔), NT, HK

por wongchichuen, 150 metros de distancia

Ma On Shan, rising 702 metres above sea level, is the second highest peak in the New Territories, ran...

Top of Ma On Shan(馬鞍山之巔), NT, HK

H: Sunset of Ma On Shan(馬鞍山日落), NT

por wongchichuen, 500 metros de distancia

Sunset of Ma On Shan(馬鞍山日落), NT

I: Riding on the Saddle - Ma On Shan 馬鞍山「馬鞍」中

por njohn, 620 metros de distancia

沿「馬鞍」而行,有些路段較為狹窄,而兩旁像是懸崖,但只要小心行走,應不算危險及難行。緩緩下行,再上行一段後,到達馬鞍山的頂峰及標柱。回望走過的牛押山及其相連的吊手岩,甚有層巒起伏的氣派。在山頂處,除可俯...

Riding on the Saddle - Ma On Shan 馬鞍山「馬鞍」中

J: 吊手岩-牛押山-馬鞍山

por njohn, 790 metros de distancia

在馬鞍山郊野公園的燒烤場,於左方的家樂徑拾級而上至涼亭,在危險警告牌後方小徑前進,很快便見右邊又一警告牌(直走是雁谷迷徑),此處有繩索上引泥徑至一小平台。依著繫有繩索的泥壁上走,間中在林中穿梭及繼續上攀...

吊手岩-牛押山-馬鞍山

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Esta es una vista general de Hong Kong

Overview and History

Hong Kong sits on the south coast of China, on the Pearl River Delta. It's got a population of more than seven million people and is one of the most densely populated places on earth. It also appears to be putting into place the template for population management, which cities around the world will be implementing as soon as they can afford it. More on that later.

Archaeological evidence dates human activity beneath present-day Hong Kong back to the stone age. The area was first settled by people from the mainland during the Han dynasty, around the beginning of the common era (the P.C. term for when B.C. changed to A.D. Whoa!)

For hundreds of years, Hong Kong was a small fishing community and haven for travelers, with a few pirates here and there. Then whitey showed up.

Western influence reached China at the beginning of the 15th century, when all those great explorers in boats were cruising for loot in strange and mysterious places. Tea and silk were the commodities connecting eastern Europe to China, and Hong Kong was known as a safe harbor through which to pass. When you're carrying the Queen's tea, it's especially important to avoid ARRRRRRguments with pirates. Hyuk hyuk hyuk.

Seriously folks -- in the eighteenth century Britain was doing a booming business with China, offering Indian opium to balance their extensive purchases of fine porcelains and everything else. The opium was ordained to be for medicinal purposes only, of course.

Well, as you may imagine, the Chinese got sick of opium fiends junking up the place, so they attempted to stop the British suppliers, to no avail. The Opium Wars resulted and ended with China ceding Hong Kong to the British, in fear of their massive naval power. This took place in the year 1841.

Colonization soon followed, Hong Kong shot up in value as an international port, and its population increased dramatically. In 1898 Britain acquired additional territories on a 99 year lease -- expiring in 1997. Does that year sound familiar? Read on.

In the 20th century Hong Kong changed hands several times. The British surrendered it to Japan during World War Two, then took it back after Japan's defeat, then gave it to China later. Immediately following the war, Hong Kong served as a safe haven for hundreds of thousands of Chinese refugees, while the Chinese National Government was losing its civil war against communist leadership.

The population of Hong Kong exploded as corporations seeking to escape Chinese isolationism arrived and set up shop. Cheap labor in the textile and manufacturing industries steadily built up the economy and ensured foreign investment. By the end of the 20th century Hong Kong had become a financial mammoth offering banking services to the world.

In 1997 Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule with a few stipulations in place to guarantee its economic autonomy, as much as possible. The phrase "one country, two systems" was coined by the Chinese to describe the relationship between the mainland and Hong Kong.

Getting There

Well, where do you want to get to from the Hong Kong International Airport? There are ferries servicing six mainland ports in the Pearl River Delta Region. Airport Express Railway connects directly to downtown Hong Kong, and it has been rated the best airport in the world multiple times.

The Airport Express Railway will get you into Hong Kong in about an hour, for $100. Public buses cost $10 and take a little longer. For direct service to your hotel you can take one of the hotel's private buses ($120+) or a taxi ($300+). As you can see, waiting time is optional for those who can afford it.

Here's a little blurb on travel times, with further information for access to nearby cities (cross-boundary transport).

Transportation

Grab an Octopus card when you arrive. Octopus is the world's first electronic ticket-fare card system and the Hong Kong public transportation system is the world leader in people-moving. 90% of Hong Kongers get around on public transportation.

Octopus covers the Airport Rail line, buses, ferries, the rapid-transit MTR network, supermarkets, fast food outlets, phone booths... It's how to get around the cashless economy.

Nevermind the microchip built into it, you'll get used to having one of those on you at all times -- and soon they'll be internal! What do I mean? Many schools in Hong Kong even use the Octopus card to check attendance, because you read the card's data with an external scanner from a distance. This will the global norm soon. What if that chip is installed in your body? It's in the works baby!

The hilly Hong Kong terrain also demands some special modes of transportation. If you've been to Pittsburgh, you may have some idea of how cool it is to ride a cable car up the side of a mountain, overlooking a majestic harbor and city. Multiply that by about ten thousand and you've got Hong Kong: vertical-travel trams, moving sidewalks, and the world's longest outdoor escalator system.

People and Culture

The local currency is the Hong Kong dollar (HKD) which is pegged to the U.S. dollar. Official languages are Chinese and English.  You're on your own, baby!  Dive into the swarming, throbbing, pulsing, crawling and teeming mix!

Things to do & Recommendations

The Peak Tower and its shopping Galleria are the biggest tourist attraction in Hong Kong so don't miss it.

Cool off in the Kowloon Park public indoor swimming pool!

After that, go see what's happening at the Hong Kong Fringe Club, a non-profit organisation which puts together exhibitions for international artists and performers.

Organize sports fans flock to the Hong Kong Stadium, but there's good news for disorganized sportistas too -- Mountain biking is now legal in the parks! Have at it, baby!

All this excitement is going to make you hungry. Springtime is traditionally the time to celebrate seafood, summer is for fruits, and winter steams with hot pot soups to keep you warm.

The best thing to do is go and find some dim sum. Dozens of plates of tasty small items, sort of like sushi but it's cooked, and the varieties are endless.

Since you won't be able to walk down the street without complete and total sensory overload, I'll just whap in the Hong Kong tourist board's guide to dining and leave you to your intuition.

Good luck, take it slow and above all -- DON'T SPIT OUT YOUR CHEWING GUM ON THE SIDEWALK. Gum is legal but there's a $500 fine for intentional littering. Enjoy!

Text by Steve Smith.

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