To the northern border – Lau Fau Shan (流浮山)

Photography

Bridge cables

on the Highway

on the highway - housing estates

Lau Fau Shan Monument

Lau Fau Shan in Chinese has a phase meaning of ‘floating mountain’. The ancestors must have named it this way due to the terrain near the shore. It was a company dinner that brought me to this place the first time. It’s not a common place for visiting as it requires travel. Thanks to my boss and the company, I got to travel there the first time with comfort and convenience by a tour bus.

We took off at 5pm while there were still some daylight. I got to see the partial sunset on the way at the tour bus. Lau Fau Shan is located at the northwestern part of the Peninsula or we call it the New Territories. It’s a fishing village. While it still is, many have gave up and moved into the city for better lives. This place is very famous for its oysters. The company dinner also had two courses with oysters as finale. I loved the deep fried oysters so much. I don’t even remember how many i’ve popped, 4-5? So moist on the inside, almost melts in the mouth.

Piss

Seafood restaurant

I got to visit the surroundings near the shore just before the dinner. There’s a seafood market as well as the wholesale bidding area for the buyers. Not sure if the bidding area is still in function. It certainly looked as if though. As I passed through the market, there’s the beach with rocks. There were still some fishing facilities can be found. So I guess fisherman is still an active profession there.

Behind the scene of a restaurant

Market

Sharpening the blade

Bidding slips

Wholesale market

From the beach, I could vaguely see what’s across it. It’s China! To be more precise, it’s ShenZhen, China. There are city structures – high-rises, bridges…

Lau Fau Shan Beach

Fishing nets

Lau Fau Shan

And the seafood feast was THE BEST seafoods i’ve ever had. I even had half of a crab…full of eggs…I never liked crab as it’s super high in cholesterol. To be honest, it tasted like a mooncake with egg yolk…not my cup of tea.

I felt good to finally document my brief travel visit again after a while. It’s a new experience and I captured most of what I saw in my street photography style. I’m emotionally more attached to these images for a very good reason.

Cat

colleagues in shadow

on the highway back

Photos were taken with a GRD as a kick start to my project. Earlier the day, I dug into what are the possibilities in Aperture 3 – the photo processing software i use. I found this blog LaRAQUE offering new directions I could try out. I’m totally newbie when it comes to photo processing. He recommends everything starts out with Curves. I’m still trying to get a grasp of it. Just not yet. I get a feeling that the curves control the shadow, highlight, brightness, exposure, and more. Something more advance perhaps. I’ll need time to play with it.

Fanling Wai (粉嶺圍) – The few standing walled village in Hong Kong.

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The front entrance of the village

Fanling Wai translates into Walled Village of Fanling. Fanling or Fan Ling is the northern part of the New Territories, Hong Kong. It’s two train stops from the border between Hong Kong and China.

No matter how discontent I’m toward the urban development of Hong Kong (mainly because of the total ignorance on the preservation of valuable old structures/remains), my conquest of seeing the past of Hong Kong is still underway.

Are they twins?
Are they twins?

The bright sunny day was perfect to bring along my X100. It’s my choice for expedition.  I have my film simulation set to Astia, it’s my fav’. I wasn’t really stressing myself when composing. We shouldn’t be anyway. The whole point of me travelling there was to experience the encounters. Photography only enhances and documents my experience of my travel. I would simply put aside my street photography thing…

Super excited dog
Super excited dog

Of course when there were easy shots I take them. It messes up my settings to go from scenery AF to small aperture MF. And yea, i’m not that lazy as you’d see me doing a few candids.

Creepy man
Creepy man..I tend to see creepy man when i have my X100 with me..

Fanling school (former)
Former Fanling Primary School

As I was approaching the entrance of the Fanling Wai. I already see some remains of the village. Such as the former Fanling primary school. When you see the red lanterns, you know you’re in the right place!

Sign saying drive slow
Drive slow

The driveway that enters the village reminds me of Taiwan and even Japan. Perhaps it’s common in the N.T. of Hong Kong, not so for me. The village is pretty much still alive.

Mad dog inside
Sign says Dog inside

Fanling Wai
Old window frames with new paint.

The preservation of the village buildings were done by the owners. They can tear down the whole house and build a new condo. However, some (older generation) still prefer the retro feel.

Fanling Wai

It’s hard for me to imagine people in Japan lives in village like this. They must know each other very well in the neighborhood. I don’t even know what my neighbors’ names are in my apartment building. Sad…

Fanling Wai

I still vaguely remember there were a few picnics i attended while i was a child, living in an old apartment building. The management committee of the building had organized picnics and activities. The current newer/modern ones are lacking of these things…

Fanling Wai

Travel makes us learn more. Learn about how the community functions, how the people lives, and more. Although I’m not traveling abroad, it’s a great experiment of myself understanding the people just by observation.

The front view of Fanling Wai
The front view of Fanling Wai

I’ve seen this in picture online. Now I’d been there in person and snapped my own. It makes me appreciate the pictures i’ve taken even more. My mom always says there’s no need to travel, just watch the travel programs and you’re there. When we get into this topic, there always a fight. I think even our family can afford traveling (which we’re not really at the moment), we won’t travel at all…

There’re many countries i wish to travel to, Italy, Ireland, France, New Zealand, Korea,… I’d travel alone even my family won’t and no friends would.

Inside of Fanling Wai
Inside of Fanling Wai

The corridor of in the original Fanling Wai is enough for two adults to pass through, and there were some side corridors that extents to the side. Those are really narrow. Only enough for an adult to pass through.

Store/Cafe at Fanling Wai
Store/open air cafe

People here are pretty laid back. Hanging out, drinking beer already in the late afternoon.

Life of Fanling Wai
Man searching for tips for the horse racing tomorrow in his front porch.

Wish-Making Tree at Fanling Wai

There are quite a few old trees in the village. And only one that I saw was a wishing-making tree. Similar to those in Lam Tsuen.

Canons at the front
Battle canons at the front entrance.

I think this village is lacking of a museum. I’d like to know more about the history happened here. The walkabout only got me knowing the present. It’s missing the past. Our government should build a museum nearby…sadly, the government had built a northern district park next to it…

Fanling Wai

I briefly spent my late afternoon there. I’ll visit to another walled village next week.

Lam Tsuen, the New Territories

Photography

Lam Tsuen (林村)

Today I wanted to go to old villages and old settlements in the New Territories of Hong Kong. As far as I know, those villages that I pictured in my mind were long gone. Many have been rebuilt into town houses. They have lost their original identities. That’s life, I totally understand.

Lam Tsuen (林村)

I wanted to see country side. Here I went with my Fujifilm X100. I arrived at the Kam Sheung Road MTR Station. The weather today was so warm with a clear blue sky. I had no idea where I was heading. There were three buses going to the same direction, Tai Po as their final destination. I have heard a lot about the Pat Sheung Village. I saw nothing much to see on the bus. So I waited and waited and waited…until I see something interesting. Turned out nothing. Nothing but garages, houses, salvage sites..

It was already 3 til. I had to get off at least to get a few shots for the day. I knew there should be some cool mountain views in that area. I followed a few other passengers in the bus to get off at a stop. I walked around for 10-15 mins…

Lam Tsuen (林村)

Yes, it just happened I wandered into the famous Lam Tsuen (Lam Village). It’s famous for their wish-making trees. There’s also wish-making lamp

Lam Tsuen (林村)

Lam Tsuen (林村)

I paid $5 HKD for a wish-making bundle. I had my wishes written down.

On the back of an award-winning public toilet, I was so curious with a sign pointing to a bridge. I went down the path. I discovered a paradise!
Lam Tsuen (林村)

Lam Tsuen (林村)
It was a breathtaking place with nothing else but vegetation, mountains and sky. I was sweating like a dog while I was shooting. It was so rewarding which I didn’t care.

Lam Tsuen (林村)

I admit I’m losing a little grip on my recent street photography outings. I’ll keep trying, practice more. Equip myself by reading more photography books and taking advices from the others.

Lam Tsuen (林村)

This is a ‘Mookio’ style shot. Mookio is a Taiwanese photographer/writer. She likes using sunlight and flowers to compose. I had no idea how she shoots it, i read no data prior to this shot. At that point in time when I see the flowers and sunshine, it immediately came to my mind it’s how I should try shooting it with. Turned out pretty cool.

Lam Tsuen (林村)

A friendly dog from a store owner lady. Very generous of them.

Lam Tsuen (林村)

As I walked back to the bus stop, I passed by a few places with sunshine and i snapped.

Lam Tsuen (林村)

I think today is a fine example of how our lives are living as planned. I do not have any religious belief. There were just too many coincidence happened today. I went out without much planning and wandered myself into Lam Tsuen. I was curious and walked into a farmland. Took a couple ‘Mookio’ style photos. Believe or not, this morning I was checking out the Mookio blog, which I had done it twice or so since Christmas. I had no idea she wrote a new book on the GRD and released last week.

I dropped by SimCity Arcade, Mong Kok to get a copy. Many useful advices from it. I’ll make a good use of it. Everyday is a new day. More street photography coming soon!!!