Saturday, May 28, 2011

Roots and bark

On our last day in Hong Kong, we visited the botanic gardens - a green oasis among the high-rise buildings - and found this tree with its intricate roots.

And I love the colours on the bark of this tree.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Critters of Hong Kong

John braves putting his hand in the lion's mouth.

We came across a street exhibition of artistic (and large) piggy banks and particularly liked the Pigasso.

This strange creature adorned the lookout at The Peak.

And this brightly coloured turtle (or should that be tortoise?) was one of the inhabitants at the zoo.

Monday, May 16, 2011


Hong Kong is very densely populated, leaving little space for gardens and flowers but we found these pretty flowers on The Peak.

And flowers abound around Chinese New Year.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Chinese New Year

The highlight of our tour of Hong Kong was the Chinese New Year parade, complete with a dancing lion and dragon. Both were fantastic, although very difficult to photograph because of their constant movement.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Chinese junks

Our bus trip around Hong Kong took us to Aberdeen, where we went for a ride on a fishing junk. I assume it was decorated for Chinese New Year, complete with all the lanterns hanging from the bamboo roof.

Despite, or possibly because, I've lived most of my life hundreds of kilometres from the ocean, I love boats and I also like the beautiful textures and shapes of these.