In February of 2015 I had a pleasure of being in Hong Kong for 2 weeks (well, 13 days to be exact), 10 of which I was rolling solo, and the remaining days were spent showing my family around; so I have spent the first part as a tourist, and the second part as a tour guide.
The weather was looking promising, so without much hesitation I took off as soon as I had breakfast, hastily trying to catch a Wi-Fi signal so I could see how to get to my next point of interest, Nan Lian Garden and Chi Lin Nunnery. The nunnery closing time is 4 pm, and the garden is open until 7, so I had to assign them their own day. Besides, it was my last day alone, as my family was arriving the day after; and I have already seen everything that I had planned.
The first rainy day caught me a little off-guard. I mean, I did expect it since I checked the forecast, but I was not emotionally ready for it. So after the full week of straight sun, I got a reality check, and spent the first half of the day in my bed because I didn’t feel like going anywhere.
Initially I have planned to do some island hopping, and selected the following route: Peng Chau to Discovery Bay, then hike to Mui Wo and take a ferry to Cheung Chau; and I downloaded the ferry schedules, and planned my trip almost by minutes; but forgot to check what by the first ferry leaves from. However, the ferry to Discovery Bay was leaving within a matter of minutes, and I got on it. This ferry was by far the most comfortable and had free Wi-Fi access. After a 30 minute ride I was at the destination. The weather did not look very promising – there were thick clouds, and no signs of approaching sunshine. I caught myself thinking a couple times, that I couldn’t have picked a better day for a hike: it was still nice and warm, and there was no sun, that I was hoping to avoid since I got a little sun-burnt the day before.
Instead of alternating between the city/beach as I did previously, I have decided to have myself a beach day; especially since the weather was so nice. My original plan was to go to Big Wave Beach to check out the rock carvings, that were discovered in 1970 by a police officer who was patrolling the area, then walk to Shek-O, check out The Rock, which is quite popular among rock-climbers, take a bus to Stanley, and then walk to Repulse Bay.