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Tai Tung Shan – 大東山, Hong Kong

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In Hong Kong, every Sunday, my friends will gather together to go for trekking or rock climbing. This Saturday  they have planned  the route to trek Tai Tung Shan, 大東山. Been told not to bring lot of things with me especially my camera not to bring the long len as it is too heavy to carry.  We also packed about 4 bottles of water and some food.  We met at the Tung Chung station and took a bus to Tai Tung Shan. From there we trekking up hill, there are 3 separate parts of this mountain, first level is esay with plenty of waterfall for us to soak into after trekking every 1 or 2 miles. There are several waterfalls as further we climbed uphills.

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Source from Wikipedia

Sunset Peak or Tai Tung Shan (Chinese: 大東山) is the third highest peak in Hong Kong. It is situated on Lantau Island within Lantau South Country Park and Lantau North Country Park and stands at a height of 869 metres (2,851 ft) above the sea level.[1][2] The second highest Lantau Peak is on the western part of the island.

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We have to wear the suitable shoe for tekking on the water so that we will not slip from the slippery rocks. Amazing scenery and sights and lot of wildlife in this beautiful mountain. The hardest parts is the third portions where we have to rock climbing up onto the big rocks. this mountains are for the expert  as I am not so fit and  my legs and arms are giving up and have to stop every two steps. I love the wildlife in these mountains and enjoy the trekking so much but unfortunately I do not like the rock climbing as I worry I will slip of the edge of the rocks any time.

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Once we climbed to the 3rd level of the mountains, we have to follow the wooded track into the wood which lead us down to the bus station so that we can go back to the city for our dinner.  Hong Kong is the easier place to go for trekking or hiking as  it is easy to access  by the MTR or buses to lead you to any of this rural spots. This spot is not for unskilled climber or hiker so it is best to have a expert guide  to lead into these mountains. We reached the bus station about 6.00 p.m., I am totally exhausted and don’t want to move again and ready to call a nite.

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I always look forward to the hiking/trekking session with my friends whenever I am in Hong Kong. The mountains are free admittance and there is no expenses incurred, to enjoy the beauty of nature which Earth mother gifted to us.

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Tianzishan (天子山) mountain, Zhangjiajie, China – Day 2

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We went shopping for crystal after our lunch and in the late afternoon we came to Tianzishan (天子山) mountain, Zhangjiajie, we shouldn’t make this journey to this mountains due it about 4.30 p.m. and they close at 5.30 p.m.  We have been able to view most of the features in this Tianzishan but missed the most beautiful scenery at the top of the mountains where we have to take  another cable car to this mountain peak.

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Source from China Guide:

Located in the northeast of Wulingyuan Scenic Area in the city of Zhangjiajie, Hunan Province, Mt. Tianzishan is a splendid vista of bizarre rock formations, precipitous cliffs, misty clouds and cascading waterfalls

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It is one of the four scenic spots in Wulingyuan National Park, together with the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, the Suoxiyu National Resource Reserve and the Yangjiajie Scenic Area. In 1992, Wulingyuan National Park was officially recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Mt. Tianzishan is a typical sandstone formation, characterized by a multitude of densely gathered peaks, enjoying a reputation as “the king of all mountains.” Most notably, almost half of the 3103 peaks of Zhangjiaje can be viewed from this lofty stage. It is not just an ordinary place: it is a “forest” of mountains, a “kingdom” of peaks, and a “sea” of summits.

A saying about Mt. Tianzishan goes: “Being not Yellow Mountain but better than it.” The landscape here varies in different seasons and also in one day, which makes Mt. Tianzishan a very interesting destination.

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In bygone days, the elderly would say, “Once you have seen the five holy mountains, you will lose interest in all others, but once you have viewed Yellow Mountain, the five holy mountains will lose their allure.” However, today’s experienced travelers exclaim, “Once you behold the awesome face of Mt. Tianzishan, it is unnecessary to venture elsewhere!”

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Ascend Mt. Tianzishan by cable car and you may think you have entereda fairyland. Four wonders for the breathtaking sceneries will catch your eyes: the Sea of Clouds, the Radiance of the Moonlight, Rays of Sunshine and the Snow in winter. Cloud and mist in the Mountain enjoys high reputation nationwide, especially just after the rain, which adds much charm to Mt. Tianzishan. Clouds and mists are the most common and wonderful sights here. It also has the largest bronze statue in China, the Statue of Marshal He Long.

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At these mountains peaks there is a mirror bridge where we can see the bottom of the canyon, it is scary experience and it need the bravest person to walk this glass bridge that surrounded the mountains.  My daughter has height phobia and after walking these bridge and it has cured her height phobia.

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This is a wonder out of these world and it is a must to see when you are in Zhangjiajie. The fare for the cable car is expensive but it worth every pence for it.

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Victoria Peak – 太平山, Hong Kong

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We went to the hospital to visit my mother-in-law and she was doing fine looking forward to go home soon. My mother-in-law told us to go outing and don’t waste time staying around at the hospital beside her. So we went for out lunch and visit to Victoria Peak, 太平山.  We have to change several MTR tram to reach the Peak Station and to our shock there was a long queue which we had to queue for 3 hours in the hot weather.

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Source from Wikipedia:

Victoria Peak (太平山) is a mountain in the western half of Hong Kong Island. It is also known as Mount Austin, and locally as The Peak. With an altitude of 552 m (1,811 ft), it is the highest mountain on the island (Tai Mo Shan is the highest point in the Hong Kong.

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The summit is occupied by a radio telecommunications facility and is closed to the public. However, the surrounding area of public parks and high-value residential land is the area that is normally meant by the name The Peak. It is a major tourist attraction that offers views over Central, Victoria Harbour, Lamma Island and the surrounding islands.

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The summit is occupied by a radio telecommunications facility and is closed to the public. However, the surrounding area of public parks and high-value residential land is the area that is normally meant by the name The Peak. It is a major tourist attraction that offers views over Central, Victoria Harbour, Lamma Island and the surrounding islands.

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The Peak is home to many species of birds, most prominently the Black Kite, and numerous species of butterflies.

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The photos were taken by iphone as I did not bought my camera with me  due to we didn’t plan to visit this place till the last minute choice. I not keen on this place due to there were so many tourists that we have to squeeze into any available space we can get to take a photo. There are shopping malls in the tram centre but it is very expensive to dine at here.

I give this place a scored of 5 out of 10 stars.

Hong Kong Railway Museum – 香港鐵路博物館

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My husband family living in Tai Po, Hong Kong and the older generation of the families that first settled down in these mountainous terrain were the Hakka group. He always wanted to show me the old railway station which was built in 1913 under the British control. I have never expect to enjoy myself so much at this historical place  and learn lot the history of this old Tai Po Railway Station.

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Source from Wikipedi

The Kowloon-Canton Railway (British Section) opened in 1910 in Tai Po Market was one of the stops in the New Territories. The station building was erected in 1913. Since then, it acted as a centre of administration and trade which indirectly boosted Tai Wo Market’s economy by bringing traders there.

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The KCR was electrified in 1983 and the station was taken out of service, with new stations being opened to the north (Tai Wo) and south (Tai Po Market) of it. One year later, the Old Tai Po Market Railway Station was declared a monument. The site, together with the buildings and relevant exhibits, were then given to the government by the KCRC for the construction of the Museum.

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The building of the station is unique in the way of architectural style among original Kowloon-Canton Railway (British Section). It is of indigenous Chinese architectural style, with many small figures decorating the exterior, such as are commonly found in existing old southern Chinese temples.

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There are six coaches on the tracks for public viewing and appreciation of the contrast between the old and the new. Besides, there are a pump trolley and a diesel-engined railcar.

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I would recommend this beautiful place to all my friends if you are in Hong Kong, it worth a visit for a photo shoot. The coaches are ancient and spotless so it is a good spot for photos shots with models. The trains are well maintenance with staff on site to check it.  It is free admission but check when they are open as we had been here  when they were closed.  The coaches are amazing spooky, haunting beautiful with the old worn lookalike with beautiful light from the windows. It is a ten stars score for this place and advantage is there aren’t any tourists or locals so can enjoy all day taking photos without interruption.

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HND Fine Art – Drawing

My 2nd weeks of drawing lessons, draw the skeleton of the human body. I have a hate and love passion for drawing, hate due to I can’t draw and  would love it if I could do it. At least our lecturer, Jon is quite understanding and trying his best to correct me in my drawing on proportions, perspectives and tones of my drawing. I felt more comfortable during my 2nd lessons and able  to draw  freely and without self awareness of doing something wrong.

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It is quiet daunting facing with a task like this and you have no ideas where to start with. We can choose to draw any parts of the bones we like and can express ourselves but must be detailed drawing. It is out of my comfort zone but we did have drawing sessions during our Foundation Arts and Design and hopefully I am able to get it right. IMG_0952.1

Unfortunately, I haven’t have time to finish my drawing with more shading and tones on it. Thanks God, Jon starting to see my drawing coming up with the brown chalk shading and it started to look better than my lousy attempt to make it perfect. I felt quite happy that it is so childish look but at least it getting better with each lesson and hopefully there is some hope for me to become skilled at drawing.

The following are some of the beautiful and amazing drawings from my classmates where we need to take photos of their works and compared with our work.  I am way behind my classmates but will work harder and practice more to improve my skill and hopefully will be able to draw with confident.

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Luke amazing drawing of the skeleton and he saw this piles of bones in another way by adding hat onto it. To make it see more surreal as a person than just bones.

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This amazing beautiful drawing is drawn by Alessia.  Perfect and precise in the drawing with great tones and shading.

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Maggie’s drawing and great in detail toning and shading to bring out the parts of the bones to show a  different parts of the joints.

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Matt’s drawing  – It draw my eye as it is Gothic and it showing the dark side of the world.

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Kelly’s drawing  – precise and great perspectives with different tones.

From all our drawings, I found that for mature students we tended to follow the instructions of the lecturer but the younger ones, they work with freedom of what they see and imaginations free flowing with ideas totally with a different aspect.


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Digbeth First Friday – Birmingham -Art exhibitions

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Digbeth First Friday is every month the 1st week Friday, at Birmingham where all artists will be showing their works around Stryx, Eastside Project and Vivid .  These galleries are contemporary gallery, contemporary video and performance and artists run gallery and studio.

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During my lecture in Foundation Year, i heard about performance artists and saw the slides for the pose or acting an act. Today I had my first taste of what is performance artist.  An artist use his hands to smash a washing machine. I don’t understand why he did it. So I could only think it might be the washing machine playing up on him several times and this is the only way he take his revenge on it or either getting all his frustration with washing machine by destroying it.

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Walk in to another studio or gallery it was totally dark with candle  light and reflector light on the projector. I quite like the dark, haunting look in the gallery and it seem to create a different aspect to the artworks. Then came to a tent with green light, an artist standing inside of the tent and waving to one or two guests to go into the tent. He will close the tent entrance and what happened to the guests I had totally no ideas. He will repeat this action again and again.

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Finally, we came to the last gallery or studio where an artist standing in front of a speaker saying “Yes, No” then she will walk up to a guest or any part of the room and scream at the top of her voice.This act is totally, utterly weird and bonker  which I felt why is she doing all these.  I think all these performance artists have strong nerves which able to do something like this. Taking into consideration, I can understand why she do this as I get mad with my children or husband, I will go for a walk to the natural reserve or hill then I will shout at the top of my voice to get all my frustrations and anger away.  Probable she is trying to enact how to throw away the anger by screaming out lot..

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All my photos are taken by iphone and it has not been photoshop as I love the dark and haunting look of it. The performance artists work is not my cup of tea and hopefully I will be able to accept this mode of showing contemporaryl arts.

Sunny Bay, Hong Kong – 欣澳

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A few years ago my friend had bought me to this beautiful beach to take photos of the sunset. We were shopping at Tung cheung shopping centre due to it rained heavily that day, so when we saw the beautiful sunset, we took the MTR train to the Sunny Bay Station.

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The beach is directly opposite the MTR station.  We had a good times taking the sunset but didn’t have the times to visit the small fishing village and intend to visit this place when I in Hong Kong again.

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My daughter had admitted to hospital due to indigestion infection the previous day and she didn’t want to stay at grandpa home.  We went to visit the Sunny Bay Beach, it was so hot and  she can’t walk a lot due to suffering from stomach cramps. While she was resting on the rocks we took photos of this beautiful place and waiting for the sunsert. Unfortunately, there aren’t any shops around this place so prepared drinking water and insect repellant  as there are lot of mosquitoes.

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I had  intended to walk to the fishing village but due to my girl was sick so we just stay around the beach and taking photos. There are some wooden poles in the middle of the bay and it have been standing in there for years. We had enjoyed ourselves after here we went to Tung Cheung Shopping Centre to have our dinner. I would recommend this beautiful place to anyone if you want to have a quiet beach or sun tan, this is the place for it as it is not popular with the locals or tourists but I had not seen anyone swimming in this bay so it might be a risky place for swimming.

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It is a 8  out of 10 stars scored for this place.

 

 

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