Out of impulsive decisions, my passion and love for ferries from my post-Vancouver sickness and my recent crave for nature, I decided to take my day trip to Hong Kong a little further–Cheung Chau.
Known for the “Buns Mountain Festival” on the birthday of Buddha and its peaceful harbour view, I was not disappointed by the island. A romantic 30 minute ferry ride away from Central, it almost brings me to another world, a world without crowded streets, finance and luxury, a world with trees, birds, and “live” human-beings(well, and a little tourism on main streets). Once you walk up towards the hiking trail, you will find a different heaven away from the noisy tourists.
We stopped at the stairs leading towards peak road and I was stunned by the view. The bright sunlight is shattered by the thick heavy clouds and spreading on the ocean like a nicely buttered slice of bread. The staircase leads down with old locals slowly strolling along the shadow side not in the rush for anything. Houses with a character of Southern Chinese architecture, classical, down to earth but still keeping an artistic sense. Beautiful combination.
As you keep wandering into the island, the Bsmell of nature start to slowly excite you. Nicely organized paths alongside the pine trees. Sun occasionally splatter in between the leaves, falling on your shoulder and follows your footsteps. The humming birds cheers up the moment but bug bites neutralizes the sensation. We reached to the east tip of the island, where a look out was given, pointing at the west side of Hong Kong island. The civilization seems far enough, none of the troubles really mattered here.
The people living on this island are much more friendly than those on the materialistic side covered in cash and humidity. If you would like to ask for directions, suggestions or cool destinations, they are probably helping already before you even ask.
A simple, easy day trip sure can take the load off the usual day at work. And the ferry ride back at sunset will make your day end in a perfect tone of enjoyment. Some say Cheung Chau is the “island of sadness”. I witnessed and felt the history and cultural influence by the ocean, but not a single drop of tear fell in my heart surrounded by the peace here.