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West Kau Nga Ling 西狗牙嶺西狗牙一起步就是一個小小挑戰,入口處就是一塊短短的直壁,只要小心點其實上攀也不太難,其後便會走在陡峭的山脊上。

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A: West Kau Nga Ling starting point 西狗牙嶺

by njohn, 160 meters away

西狗牙一起步就是一個小小挑戰,入口處就是一塊短短的直壁,只要小心點其實上攀也不太難,其後便會走在陡峭的山脊上。

West Kau Nga Ling starting point 西狗牙嶺

B: West Kau Nga Ling shek pik reservoir 西狗牙嶺石壁水塘

by njohn, 230 meters away

West Kau Nga Ling shek pik reservoir 西狗牙嶺石壁水塘-走過陡峭的山脊,頓時景觀開揚,西狗牙是欣賞石壁水塘絕佳之處。

West Kau Nga Ling shek pik reservoir 西狗牙嶺石壁水塘

C: Shek Pik Country Trail 石壁郊遊徑 Bernacchi Trail 貝納祺徑

by njohn, 320 meters away

石壁郊遊徑主要沿著石壁水塘東部山坡而行,仰望上方,刀鋒般的狗牙嶺如怒目張牙,令人望而生畏。 狗牙嶺高539米,分多條支脈,狀若五指,指指皆險,其中又以中間三指最為險峻,為了個人安全,切勿冒險攀爬。 郊遊...

Shek Pik Country Trail 石壁郊遊徑 Bernacchi Trail 貝納祺徑

D: 西狗牙坑 West Dog Teeth Stream

by njohn, 390 meters away

西狗牙坑是一條夾於西狗牙嶺及中狗牙嶺之間的水道,可是在零八年六月的一場大暴雨,幾乎令全澗塌崩,下游的蛇膽潭已埋沒在泥石裡,幸好源末著名的「牙罅」仍然無恙,尚可攀玩,當然不可以錯過。由石壁水塘起步,經石壁...

西狗牙坑 West Dog Teeth Stream

E: West Dog Teeth Range, Kau Nga Ling 西狗牙嶺

by njohn, 580 meters away

West Dog Teeth Range, Kau Nga Ling 西狗牙嶺---西狗牙一起步就是一個小小挑戰,入口處就是一塊短短的直壁,只要小心點其實上攀也不太難,其後便會走在陡峭的山脊上。沿著山脊...

West Dog Teeth Range, Kau Nga Ling 西狗牙嶺

F: Shek Pik Country Trail Bernacchi Trail 貝納祺徑(石壁郊遊徑)

by njohn, 620 meters away

Shek Pik Country Trail Bernacchi Trail 貝納祺徑(石壁郊遊徑)起點: 昂平心經簡林 終點: 石壁水道 長度: 約5.5公里 需時: 約2.0小時 難度: 難行之山徑...

Shek Pik Country Trail Bernacchi Trail 貝納祺徑(石壁郊遊徑)

G: 西狗牙嶺 West Kau Nga Ling 起伏不斷看似無盡的西狗牙山脊

by njohn, 800 meters away

西狗牙景觀開揚,定會給眼前景觀吸引著,前方是起伏不斷看似無盡的西狗牙山脊,南面是尖削的中狗牙,西面是觀音山等一連串山脈,不得不提的是西狗牙是欣賞石壁水塘絕佳之處。沿著山脊走,中段山脊雖比起步時平緩,但走...

西狗牙嶺 West Kau Nga Ling 起伏不斷看似無盡的西狗牙山脊

H: West Kau Nga Ling 西狗牙嶺-中段

by njohn, 890 meters away

West Kau Nga Ling 西狗牙嶺-中段狗牙嶺十分陡峭,又因嚴重風化,部分路段滿布碎石,極為崎嶇。注意個人體能,山徑亦非漁農自然護理署所維護的行山徑,所以最好有富經驗行山人士同行。

West Kau Nga Ling 西狗牙嶺-中段

I: Bernacchi Trail 貝納祺徑/石壁郊遊徑

by njohn, 910 meters away

Bernacchi Trail 貝納祺徑/石壁郊遊徑 Shek Pik Country Trail --- 石壁郊遊徑主要沿著石壁水塘東部山坡而行,仰望上方,刀鋒般的狗牙嶺如怒目張牙,令人望而生畏。 狗...

Bernacchi Trail 貝納祺徑/石壁郊遊徑

J: Bernacchi Trail 貝納祺徑(石壁郊遊徑)-天梯

by njohn, 1.0 km away

Bernacchi Trail 貝納祺徑(石壁郊遊徑)-天梯---貝納褀就讀於西敏書院及劍橋大學,1943年成為執業律師。1945年跟隨皇家海軍抵達香港後,決定定居當地。1946年,貝納祺加入香港大律師...

Bernacchi Trail 貝納祺徑(石壁郊遊徑)-天梯

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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