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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!

Monday, 1 October 2012

Last day in Hong Kong

  I am writing this whilst waiting at the airport for my flight to Sydney. Normally I write a travel journal each evening but this time I am trying to keep up with my travels just using the blog. It's important for me to try and write about what I have done as soon as possible or I find I forget the order of things that I've done and even worse forget where I've been! Consequently it would be really good if I can finish writing about Hong Kong before leaving tonight.
I started the day at Nan Lian Garden and then moved onto Chi Lin Nunnery. Both gardens were quite small by UK standards but I think I was expecting to see more flowers instead it was mainly shrubs and trees.

This is in Nan Lian. I like this photo because it shows just how mountainous Hong Kong is which I hadn't realised. The greenery in the background has nothing to do with the garden but you can see why it is a popular place to visit. So although almost everyone lives in high rise apartments you don't have to travel too far to see some greenery. It was also free admission to the gardens - another reason for their popularity.

 No garden is complete without a water feature. If you look behind the waterfall you can see people enjoying a mid morning drink.

The gardens are kept moist by fine sprays of water which has a wonderful cooling effect as you walk around.

This is the Chi Lin Nunnery. Such a contrast of the old with the new. The main part of the garden was closed so I had to be content with the lotus flower ponds in front of the temple.

  In the afternoon I took a bus out to Stanley. By chance I was on the longer more scenic route which takes you along the coast with some very inviting sandy beaches at Deep Water Bay and Repulse Bay. Stanley was well worth the effort. It was so pleasant walking along the coast following a nature trail up to a temple (although the temple wasn't particularly exciting). I saw some beautiful swallowtail butterflies. There was also a busy little market there but it looked more for the tourists as it was full of trinkets etc.

I'm running out of battery so Iwill have to complete this post when I arrive in Aus tomorrow. Thank-you for all your kind comments on the blog. Sorry I haven't got round to commenting on your blogs but I honestly haven't had any spare time.


  1. I have been looking at all your Hong Kong posts,The Pics are fabulous ! Looks like you have had a wonderful adventure !

  2. I just checked-in to say I hoped you hadn't been on that ferry in Hong Kong harbour last night watching the fireworks (accident, 2 boats crashed... scary!), but I'm relieved to see you're already in Sydney!
    Have to run so I'll read this post when I get back ;o)

  3. Those are some beautiful gardens! I love the fact that they all have water... I find the sound of running water very soothing and an excellent addition to any garden! :o)

    Hope you had a good flight to Sydney! About 7-8h, right? Enjoy the land of OZ! ;o)

  4. Don't worry about us bloggers, I love to watch the pictures. You are right to write things down, I always do the same. You can't remember all the names and the days when you are home again. Looking forward to Australia, I loved it so much to visit. It is a complete different nature and landscape than Europe.

  5. You sure did see lots in Hong kong. We heard on the news about a very bad ferry accident in HK yesterday. You must be in Sydney by now so Welcome to my country.

  6. Where will you be on Saturday and Sunday? We will be in Sydney too.

  7. It's nice to follow you on your trip and see all the pictures. I do the same when I am travelling, I use my blog as a diary and every evening I write what I have seen during the day. Of course I understand that you don't have any time to comment, when I am on a trip I have no time either I am just happy that I can do my daily report !

  8. HI, Am just getting back to blogging after being gone on vacation... Looks like you are having an awesome trip also. Hope you enjoy Sydney... I would love to visit Australia one day. Hope you enjoy it. I'll be looking forward to your photos.

  9. Looking like it's all working out as you planned Big Sis....I'll keep following


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