HONG KONG [10.01 - 10.05]
Cheng Chau (outlying island)
Cheng Chau is one of the various outlying islands near the main Hong Kong island. Five of us rented bikes (as there were no cars on the island) and spent an entire day exploring the beauty of the small island as well as the fishing village located here. We ventured to the highest peak to see a magnificent view of the entire island which was a rather challenging bike ride (or at times, a walk). Our explorations also took us to a cave, a couple beaches, and some fun rock climbing adventures. Fresh fish, crab, shrimp and calamari were on the menu for lunch and the day was capped with a few adult beverages on the beach. One of the best days I had abroad and well worth a short thirty minute ferry ride from the main island.
Every night there is a light show that uses the various high-rise buildings on the both the Hong Kong island and Kowloon side of Hong Kong. From the Kowloon side (which is where these pictures are taken from) at 8pm the fifteen minute orchestrated show with music is quite the urban phenomenon to witness. The buildings themselves stay lit up most of the night but for the fifteen minutes they become actors in a rather simple yet effective production. It is amazing that a city can organize such a performance, and to see another means in which architecture participates in the life of a city.