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2014年12月24日 星期三

Tung Lung Chau in Winter (冬日的東龍洲)

If some one were to ask me of the 263 islands in Hong Kong, which is my favourite outlying island, it's got to be Tung Lung Chau (東龍洲 ) (literally "East Dragon Island) or Nam Tong Island (南堂島) (literally, the "Southern Hall Island) although the locals call it simply Tung Lung To (東龍島). Why? It's got some of the most magnificent cliffs in Hong Kong and the tall waves there can't be found anywhere else in Hong Kong. I can never have enough of them., each time I go there.


Since January 2014, there were no longer any scheduled ferry services to the island as the old operator Lam Kee had decided that it was no longer economically feasible to continue. But I learned from the very friendly Mr Chan, one of the two partners of boatpeople.com.hk who collected the fare of HK$65 for the return trip from me that he had just re-started the service in October this year, buying back the boat he previously sold to Lam Kee. He said that to make it financially viable, he has switched to just providing services to and from the island from Sai Wan Ho on weekends but otherwise only by special appointment for various groups for fishing or tours by telephone or email. For those interested, his telephone no. is 2337 6568 and his email is info@boatpeople.com.hk.but I emphasize that I am not in any way connected to his company at all. 


I was lucky. It was really sunny on Sunday. The color of the water was the clearest emerald I ever saw on the island. 


You can literally see the bottom of the beach on the left hand side of the ferry pier. 


The boat which brought me to the island, all repainted and refurbished. 


As on other islands, old fish nets always got other uses from fishing once it got ashore.


The flower outside of the local restaurant where I had my lunch once I arrived. 


Paper flower can grow practically anywhere and everywhere they grow, they remain as beautiful as ever. 


The contents of a nearby shed made some interesting light and shade. 


Picture of a rusty corrugated metal sheet. 


Smoke from a rubbish fire across the path


Light at the top of the shed


My favourite leaves in the sun


A yacht moored close to the ishore of sland trail 


One could see little islands in the distance


Rubbish at the side of the path

The path leading to the beaches and cliffs 


My first glimpse of the rocky beach


The waves are coming in 


The crests of the waves have broken .


Waves crashing against the rocks on the reefs.


In the background, one can see the path leading to the beach.


One of the reefs close to the shore, looking like a miniature mountain range.


More waves are coming in spraying the air with sea water.
 

A close up of one of the waves breaking.
 

This is a really big one, breaking into three or four spray "curtains".



Another smaller wave following close upon the heels of the previous one which dashed against the rock.  


The sprays must have been thrown more than a dozen feet up into the air.


It's really exciting to be able to see the forces of Nature in action.


4 churning waves in a row!


Look at those sprays!


Looking back at the beach I just passed

 

There were other 4 other inlets next to the beach I passed


The water looks so green


Another view of the inlets


Where the water is deeper, the color of the sea turns blue.


One of the inlets cuts deep into the side of the island


A young man having fun swinging himself from one side of the inlet to the other


In summer this beach would be full of people arriving from the Clear Water Bay Country Club just across the channel.


A huge sea cave on one of the headlands


What fun it is to hurl one's sail on this beautiful stretch of water!


 Time to leave the island


 A parting look at the island


The Lyemun Pass in the evening sunlight on the boat's return journey 

 

The urban jungle behind Lyemun Pass! Reality is never far off in Hong Kong!