As I mentioned last week, I was in Hong Kong during the first part of August for some professional development workshops. At the end of the workshop, the coordinators arranged for us to take a field trip out to Tap Mun (also known as Grass Island). Tap Mun (塔門) is located in the northeastern part of Hong Kong territory. It’s an island that is 1.69 km in size, and consists of gentle rolling hills and grasslands. The island is only accessible by ferry, and the workshop organizers were kind enough to charter one for our large group (of around 100 people or so).
We arrived at Tap Mun and one of our first sights was of the port, and some small fishing boats.
The day looked postcard perfect, but was positively sweltering. We stopped briefly for lunch at the one restaurant on the island. The food is served family style, and the menu consisted of hearty and simple Cantonese dishes. Then, the tour guide led us up the hill
Don’t be fooled by the photo… it was about a five minute walk!
Along the way, we saw a few cows, nibbling away at the grass. They seemed unperturbed by the groups of humans milling about their home.
Then we were greeted with this splendid view:
We spent an hour at this place…. and there wasn’t much to do but sit, and talk. Some of our group ventured down the incline to the rocky beach below. But I mostly just sat and stared at the view, and enjoyed the gentle sea breeze.
After 6 days of information overload, it felt simply magnificent just to feast my eyes on the endless sky and sea. After an hour or so, we headed back down to the village.
On the way down, we stopped by one of the little stalls and bought one of their local drinks~ salted lemon juice.
The drink was a refreshing combination of tart, salty, with just a hint of sweetness, and a perfect antidote for the blistering heat.
Then we re-boarded the ferry and headed back to Hong Kong.
This day gave me a chance to see yet another side of Hong Kong. It’s hard to fathom, but beyond the skyscrapers and concrete and shopping malls, there is a quiet, idyllic island, where the grass blows gently in the sea breeze, and it’s occasionally quiet enough to hear the waves splash against the pebbles.
For more information on Tap Mun, please follow the link here.