Sunday, November 25, 2012

Hiking through the Butterfly Park and seeing much more

This week saw a fabulous combination of the work-hard, play-hard scenario. Monday to Wednesday were long hours in the office, only finishing around 1am and starting 9am. But then Thursday made up for it with a DOUBLE Thanksgiving celebration to mark the first time I celebrated this holiday. We attended one gathering in the afternoon and a second in the evening, both with a great mix of new and interesting people that intrigued the social side of me. And of course the food. Lots and lots of good food. Turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, squash, mash potato, it was all there followed by perfect dessert items of cookies, pumpkin pie, key lime pie, pecan pie, apple pie, cupcakes, ice-cream. You get the idea. To compensate for this holiday indulgence another hike was in order this weekend! 

Today we visited and hiked through Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden, aka 'the Butterfly Park', in the New Territories with friends. This is a park on one of the highest mountains in Hong Kong and we climbed almost to the top (to discover a very underwhelming statue I might add but of course that wasn't the reason for visiting).  The park is a working farm on terraced slops, with green houses and orchids. Originally setup to provide for windows and the poor, it has pioneered productive farming techniques for the type of land, climate and steep slopes. It is also a sanctuary for wildlife that have been injured or have been imprinted. In all, a good day out with a good cause. 

Photo impressions of the day:

A Muntjae:

Wild Boar:

The Hong Police take in snakes that are found:

Pink Flamingos:

Owl without it's wing:

 The vegetation reminded me of what I used to see in my Grandmother's garden in South Africa.

Man made waterfall


  1. Wow, pumpkin pie and apple pie and key lime pie and all the other stuff. Hong Kong really knows how to do it up right.

  2. Wow, Bron, your hike throught the Butterfly Park sounds amazing and your photos are awesome. Interesting seeing the one like from Gran's garden. My, the Thanksgiving celebrations sure sounded incredible with so many delicious things to eat.


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