Next We'll hear how great the beaches are lmfao...... To an Australian I find it incredibly funny.
I really cringe to think where some of you lived prior to HK if hk beaches and its sick dull green looking flora covered terrain, gives you a woody. There is nothing vibrant, lush or pleasantly aromatic about the country parks here. CHO MAN Victoria Island would smash hk for natural beauty..... or compared to a Queensland rain forest or the Dandenong ranges, heck even Long Pine 45 minutes drive from me would totally SMASH HK for quality of fauna and flora. And did I mention air quality, simply amazing the difference.
I am not a fan of hiking in the big birdcage, but, not the type to piss in your pocket and tell you its raining, either....like most things in hk, its hyped up a lot more so than is actually reality.....
Like what Mat said, its not fair to compare HK to Canada/US or Australia which is a much bigger place than HK with a lot more stuff to see. Bu what HK does have is convenience. Getting to a hiking trail is relatively quick and easy. And the scenery, while not necessarily spectacular, is a refreshing change from the concrete jungle of Mongkok.
Sai Kung has some nice beaches, and its not always "green", but a nice blue colour in the summer with quite clear waters. So no, its not all "sick dull green" in HK.
And if you want to argue on lushness, HK, despite being such a relatively small place, has a surprisingly high number of species. According to the AFCD, there are almost 3000 varieties of flowering plants, 120 orchid and over 300 native tree species, 2000 moth species, 110 dragonfly and 230 butterfly species. Not to mention HK having a third of the total bird species in all of China and freshwater fish, amphibians, reptiles and mammals. And we have 80 species of hard coral in our waters, more than the entire Caribbean. In fact, in terms of biodiversity, HK has more species than the whole of UK, despite HK being 225 times smaller! And all that despite the pollution. So HK ain't quite the barren and worthless rock that you think.
If you are not a fan of hiking here, that's fine with me, not going to argue on such a subjective thing, I am a fan of hiking in HK, so like I said, to each his own.
Last edited by Cho-man; 14-02-2015 at 09:55 AM.
Just to add:
The sky running world championship took place here last week attracting top runners from around the world...btw a few australians have recently settled in HK to trail run only)
The ultra trail world tour season starts in hk in Jan before moving to japan (few hours from tokyo) france (few hours from Paris) australia (few hours from Sydney) etc...
No one here said it compares to trails in the Alps or auatrali etc..it is just rare (i said rare not unique...) for a major city to have trails within 5mn of the ciry center (center not burbs)
Last edited by Mat; 14-02-2015 at 01:55 PM.
So OP you want to move to Singapore eh? Did you find a way to do that? Transfer or getting a new job?
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Singapore is an attractive option while DH works his 3 year contract here, after that he'll try to get a job somewhere else (still we both think SIN would be a good fit, but we want to spend some time there, living or at least on vacation to check it out).
If that doesn't work out, we'll just enjoy HK as much as we are able! I want to make the best of our time here. I'm trying so set up a training/certification program for court interpreting in HK (what I used to do in the US, which I miss terribly too). If it works out, it would be a great experience to have and could be useful in SIN (since English is an official language there as well).
So we'll see. DH just started his contract and is new to this plane, so changing jobs is really not the best idea right now.
He's already sick of flying in China though... He says controllers drive him nuts
We'll see what develops.
Last edited by LaowaiLulu; 16-02-2015 at 02:56 AM.
Nobody likes flying in PRC airspace, that's a given.
Last edited by Skyhook; 16-02-2015 at 07:50 AM.