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Sunset Peak Cabins Lantau Entrance 大東山爛頭營、黃龍坑郊遊徑交點

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Sunset Peak Cabins Lantau Entrance 大東山爛頭營、黃龍坑郊遊徑交點-爛頭營位於大嶼山中部的大東山(高869米)與二東山(高747米)之間的山上,建有十數間小石屋,石屋平均面積約卅餘平方米,內裡有睡房、廳、廚房及廁所,而在二東山之西南面對下一條溪澗的源頭上,更築有一個小型泳池(現已荒廢)。五、六十年代,一英資集團在港工作的員工患上了思鄉病,於是該機構找到大東山營地上興建了十數間石屋,屋內設備齊全,並築有游泳池,供員工渡假,以舒緩他們的思鄉情緒,這個營地就是大東山「爛頭營」了。而大東山也是一個觀賞日落的好地方,所以它的英文名字叫「SunsetPeak」。遊人前往大東山「爛頭營」的方法有三個:(一)    從「梅窩」南山郊野公園起步,沿「鳳凰徑」而上,步程約二小時。(二)    由伯公坳起步(又名東涌坳),此為石砌小徑,沿途並無平路,行來頗吃力,步程約一小時半。以上二條小徑沿路開揚,視野廣闊,極目遠眺,整個嶼南一帶及「索古群島」皆盡入眼簾。(三)    位於東涌黃龍坑道的「黃龍坑郊遊徑」(又名東梅古道),此徑初段急上大石級,過觀景台後,往後的是一條樹木蔽天的深幽小徑。步程約二小時。此徑右下方之深谷為「黃龍坑」,谷內隱藏了著名的「黃龍石澗及藏龍石澗」。註:前往大東山「爛頭營」,來回需時約四小時,山上並無補給站,請帶備足夠糧水,及應用物品,如雨具、防曬用品、葯囊、地圖、指南針等。http://www.hktraveler.com/angus/angus_03.asp .... Lantau Trail Stage 1 & 2, 9km, DifficultThe trail to the third highest peak in Hong Kong starts from sea-level – a necessary factoid for your post-hike bragging. If you can get to the start of Stage 2 of the Lantau Trail and avoid starting in Mui Wo, we suggest doing so, as the first 2km run alongside bus-fume-afflicted South Lantau RoadOnce you reach the picnic area at Nam Shan, the Stage 2 trail veers off and up into the hills. Follow the step-tacular trail up into the mountains above. Be warned: there’s not much shade, so be prepared or accept being slow-roasted on the sunnier days. http://www.timeout.com.hk/around-town/features/28211/get-out-sunset-peak.html

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This panorama was taken in Hong Kong

This is an overview of 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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