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2012年7月23日 星期一

Stanley & Chung Hom Kok




I've lived in Hong Kong all my life. I know there's a beach called Chung Hom Kok Beach. I've passed it by many times in various launch picnics. But I never set foot upon it . I did today. It's not something to rave about.



When I arrived at Stanley, my eyes were greeted by these colorful lampshades.



I passed by these two boats on the seaside broadwalk on my way to the relocated Blake's Pier before reaching the Ma Hang Park. 



and found a pair of lovers posing for their now obligatory "wedding photo album" under one of the arches of the Hong Kong Marine Museum.



A butterfly at the entrance to the Ma Hang Park


The head of another one.



I wanted to look at the "Temple of the Lord of the North" (北帝廟)



And found these combination word of "Houseful of Jewelry" posted on a sidedoor.



and this lantern for welcoming "good fortune" and " wealth" outside its external wall.



Apparently, the local deity needs to take a summer vacation break too.



A view from Stanley. Some storm clouds were gathering. But it was not yet raining.



Another view of the bay



So I walked along a seaside path next to the temple.


and came upon some melastomas.



another one preparing to bloom after the shower



the heart of one



and another one about to bloom



You know what? I found these small flowers. They're from a small papaya tree growing beside the path.



Before long, I found myself outside of the park and came upon a rusted lock.



Some worm eaten leaves outside its wire mesh fence.



 Some peonies



A close up of one of them



a morning glory.



A small daisy fighting its way out of some hedge plants.



And I reached my final destination: the Chung Hom Kok Beach and found some unusual cloud formations



It was close to evening. The sea had turned silver.



Another view of the bay



A closer view of the sea. A small desire finally satisfied!