27 December 2008
18 December 2008
11 December 2008
05 December 2008
the hike started near a reservoir filled with crystal-clear blue water.
we tried to scuttle back via another trail, but the sun started to get dangerously, if not beautifully, low. then, we took a wrong turn and ended dropping down the mountain on a steep, overgrown trail. soon, the trail led to small, suspicious dam, and we turned around, afraid that snakes or vc might be lurking the trees.
really great hike. after returning from my two major excursions --- mainland china, beginning tomorrow, and then japan --- i plan to finish it before returning to america.
i will miss it here.
26 November 2008
25 November 2008
21 November 2008
brick, everywhere. architect zaha hadid has designed a new building for hkpu --- for the design department, no less --- slated to be finished 2011. it is not brick, mercifully. it is, however, unfortunately, zaha hadid.
17 November 2008
this is how we hiked up --- massive stone steps. at many points during the ascent, we were climbing up at 45 degrees. looking forward, all i saw was mountain. each step took a giant, leg bent at 90 degree lift. and i'll be damned if i can figure out just how they built this trail, other than forcing laborers to carry really heavy stones, really far, far up.
the views were incredible, especially near the top of the peak. i could see the whole island, especially, many dramatic cliffs and mountains.
finally, after about two hours of climbing, we made it to the summit. looking back... and out. it was a hazy day, so our views from the peak were limited mostly to silhouettes.
at the end of the trail we ran across two great sights. the first was this stonehenge-like monument to the heart sutra. the posts as 40-foot tall halved logs with chinese characters engraved in the side. very cool stuff.