It probably seems like months to the remaining folks who read this blog, but about 10 days from Honolulu we did reach Hong Kong. The mistiness, er, pollution, of China was a welcome sight.
I left the ship early in the morning to go Geocaching – because it’s either that or shop. As I climbed to the top of the sea terminal parkade to find one, I found myself face to face with Sherwin, working a cloudy pool deck.
In search of more Geocaches I took the Star Ferry across to HK island (the ship is docked at the Kowloon side which is the mainland I suppose but still part of Hong Kong)
Arriving on the Mainland, I start to walk to my unknown destination, following my GPS signal.
Hong Kong is frusturating to walk through because it’s not pedestrian friendly. Human traffic is channeled through overpasses and shopping malls and god forbid you should have to cross a road, there are even barriers up to prevent this. I constantly get lost inside the maze of shopping malls.
I see wildlife and a very beautiful flowering tree
I set off for my next unknown destination, which I knew would be a Banyan tree. The GPS also gives me a little history:
“Preservation of this tree required the construction of a cylindrical structure with a diameter of 18 metres and a depth of 10 metres in order to contain the roots. The total cost was HK$23,890,227 and this is believed to be the most expensively preserved tree in the world!”
I got lost in a maze of shopping malls again and had to ask someone the directions to the shopping mall in question. When I got there I found the tree.
As Geocaching is supposed to be a secret activity, I waited and waited for these sleeping “Muggles” to leave.
However as I got closer I realized they were pretty sound asleep and have been since the 80’s.