It was an ecstatic walk at first since I can hike again after the motorbike accident in Vietnam. Then I felt regrets in the middle of it and thought that I had made a big mistake. Finally I was greeted by a lonely buffalo on Pui O beach–after it was all over.
I visited Cheung Chau island more or less a year ago, right after the Chinese new year of 2008. It was cold and the red lanterns were still out. Since I moved to Hong Kong in 2005, I have hiked around on many of its beaches, hills and islands. I enjoy the process of slowly changing into a different person, getting high on the senses. It becomes a kind of floating that complements the neurotic-obsessive energy of Hong Kong, and my own, or can push it in the right direction. And yes, Hong Kong’s islands are very charming and yet unassuming. The food on Cheung Chau island is amazing and can be divided in old style Chinese and new Asian fusion, as my students documented in their video projects. There is even an old lady selling single pieces of sushi. I recommend a day of whirling around on Cheung Chau’s hills and beaches, a food fest in the outdoors, and a stay in the Warwick hotel:
Cheung Chau island