Along Shing Mun River – Shatin (City One)

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Roadside cafe

When in a rural area of Hong Kong, my street photography would have more concentration on the environment than the person (subject) itself.  I often found it not as easy to time for the right moment. That’s when people are moving in speed (cycling, jogging, exercising..)

Secondary school

I was in City One for out of office work and got off early enough to enjoy the remaining beautiful sunny day. Breathing the fresh air helped me to ease stress. It’s good to be out of the downtown. There were plenty of cool scenery I wanted to capture. I did my best (of the day) to incorporate human elements to it. In a way to add dynamism to an ordinary scene.

Declared monument - Wong Uk
Declared monument – Wong Uk

It doesn’t matter how tired I was after work. I felt like walking. I walked for at least an hour and a half. Passed by a tourist attraction – Star Floating Restaurant.

Cyclists

There’d probably be more things going on during the weekend. However, I think it’s still very valuable experience to know how peaceful Shatin can be on a normal given day.

Exercise with parent

I also saw how the dragon boat athletes practiced before the big day (this weekend -Dragon Boat Festival). It’s our tradition to eat rice dumplings (端午糉) wrapped in bamboo leaves. Try to pick up one or two in your nearest Chinatown or Chinese grocery store. They’re yummy!

Dragon boat atheletes practice

On the bridge

Dragon boats

cycling

Beware

City One Station - MTR

It’s not the best representation of the location but that’s my encountering.

People of Shatin

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Landmark of Shatin - New Town Plaza
Landmark of Shatin – New Town Plaza

Shatin is located in the New Territories, was one of the earliest towns that was built and developed by the government. It was built to solve the population problem in the Kowloon Peninsula. Public housing estates were built along the Shing Mun River. The Shing Mun River is famed for the Annual Dragon Boat Race in Fall.

MTR train painting
MTR train painting

Lady at the train station
Lady at the train station

Man and his mobile device
Man and his mobile device

I arrived at Shatin in mid-afternoon. I visited the Ten Thousand Buddha Monastery before walking into the town. There’s a tale of me and my brand new New Balance fashion sneakers. It’s not the old skool running shoes. It’s the All-Star type of sneakers. Perhaps that day I shouldn’t be wearing ankle socks. My right ankle kept rubbing against the ankle part of my shoe. It hurt like hell…my will kept me going for as long as I could. I had examined the shoe and nothing’s rough or abnormal…it’s the sock. I love that pair of sneakers but it needed some break-in. Don’t ever wear ankle socks on new shoes before breaking them in.!!!

Audiences watching the weekend music and dance
Audiences watching the weekend music and dance

From distance I heard someone singing old fashioned songs, that led me to find out where it came out from. There’s actually a party like social gathering from the local folks. They were dancing and some equipments/speakers were set up for music. Audiences hung out around the gathering. Judging from the casual settings and number of audiences. That must be a regular event happen once a week at the same spot. All I see was joy and happiness.

Normal Sunday Music and dance by the Shing Mun River.
Normal Sunday Music and dance by the Shing Mun River

Dancers in pairs by Shing Mun River
Dancers in pairs by Shing Mun River

Cycling is an activity that attracts visitors to come to Shatin. There’s a dedicated cycling lane for cyclists along the river. And no surprised, there were people jogging and fishing. Dragon boat athletes were practicing on the river too. It’s a serious sport for somebody.

Family watching the Dragon Boat practice
Family watching the Dragon Boat practice

Cheese battle
Chess battle

There are folks playing cheese. Full of lives along the river!

abandoned bike in the river
Abandoned bike in the river

Watching over you
Watching over you

I wandered into the Lek Yuen Estate. It’s built in 1975. There were interesting characters there. I shot only a few and ones that I felt representing the estate.

Colorful man at the colorful Lek Yuen Estate
Colorful man at the colorful Lek Yuen Estate

I really think I could have circled for one more round and taken more photos. I’ll keep that in mind and count how many photographs taken in an area. Even I don’t chimp on my photos, I should do a photo count in my mind. Now when I think of it, I should have hunted for shots rather than let them come by chance. And when I need a shot, do it until i get it before leaving the area. I’ll get that straight next time.

Entertainment Centre
Entertainment Centre

Lek Yuen Estate
Laundry hanging at the Estate

Light post
Light post

Security guard
Security guard

The Shatin Town stretches really long along the river. I’ve only explored a small bit of it. There should be more interesting things in the area left to see and experience.

I fine tuned the saturation and vibrancy on my image preset for X100. I think I’m getting there.

Ten Thousand Buddha Monastery (萬佛寺) – Shatin, Hong Kong.

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Pai Tau Wai Village
Pai Tau Wai Village

I’m back with colors and this time a little detour to travel photography.

This week the weather was really unpredictable. More or less has to do with the inaccurate weather reports. Sunday’s(today’s) weather was fine with clear sky. I wanted to visit somewhere far. And Shatin in the New Territories was the place to be. The MTR had made my trip so convenient. It took me about 45 mins to arrive at my destination – Shatin.

It was totally accidental again. I was going to do some street photography near the Shing Mun River. And I always tend to see if there’re any old settlement/villages still exist in the New Territories area. There’s a small old village called Pai Tau Wai (排頭圍). The village area is not as huge as the others I’ve visited. I was more into what else is around there. There were a few restaurants (pizza restaurant, cafe, …). There was also an alley leads to somewhere.

Pai Tau Wai Village

Pai Tau Wai Village

At first I was intrigued by the houses that built on a steep mountain. I took a few shots and later I saw a sign says ‘Ten Thousand Buddha Monastery’. So there’s actually a Monastery on a mountain and requires some hiking. On the way up, I saw a few monks…I should’ve taken the shot. I promise I’d be much quicker next time when something comes up that suddenly.

Ten Thousand Buddha Monastery
Ten Thousand Buddha Monastery. It’s some hiking but worth it!

There was another modernized monastery at the skirt of the mountain. It’s playing a segment of Buddhist prayer. It totally turned the entire environment into a ‘Zen Pathway to God’ or whatever.

Monkey walking on wire
Monkey walking on wire (Oh, yea..I was like WTH!)

I was all sweaty as I walked up the steps. Not too far ahead, I saw the golden Buddhas statues lining up along the stairs. I thought it’s very cool. It’s what special here after all. You can stop as long as you want to see each and every buddhas. I promise, you won’t find a repeated one. And I actually found some hilarious ones. Believe or not, they actually exist in the Buddhist world…

Buddha Statues

Buddha Statue

Buddha Statues
It’s a Buddha not an evil, I also wondered where his hair gel and red contact lens came from

I climbed up to the top!! That usually signifies for an accomplishment you’ve made to visit a Monastery/Temple on a mountain. And if you visit the Buddhist gods this way, you’d get blessings from them and fulfill your wishes.

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The Monasterial area has a tower on the front yard (I just remember I forgot to go in and see what’s inside..). Pretty unique structures if you have not seen the ancient towers in China. There’re also statues in different sizes. Speaking of spectacular!!! It’s my first time visiting the place. I believe many in my generation haven’t visit here yet. There’re tons of places worth visiting in Hong Kong still. This is one.

Tower

Buddha Statues

Buddha Statues

Monastery

Long armed Buddha Statue
The Street Fighter Indian guy!!!

Monastery

Monkeys
I was in the wild and that close to them

Electric Pole and the Monastery

I went back down and continued my street photography walk along the Shing Mun River. To Be Continued…