Saturday, March 26, 2011

Ngong Ping 360 Mule Trail

It was back in January, when we hiked the 360 Mule Trail.  Officially, it is the Ngong Ping 360 Emergency Rescue Trail, running directly under the 360 cable car route.  It was supposed to have been used by the mules for transportation of materials during construction of the cable car system. 
However, I have also heard that the mules were imported from Canada and were quite expensive, that they were used only for a couple of hours each day, that it was more of a promotional gimmick, ...  I don’t know what to believe.

Anyway, it was an interesting hike. We started from Tung Chung and walked up the trail, up to Ngong Ping, in about 3 hours.  On the way to the head of the trail, we passed by this temple 候王宮.  One of the figurines on the roof was curiously dressed in Western style clothes.

The village was peacefully quiet.  Some of the houses look quite livable, particularly this one with a pond in front of it.

When we started climbing, we could looked back over Tung Chung.  Part of the old village was still there, complete with a few houses on stilts.  But the tiny houses were dwarfed by the immense estates encroaching on the village.

On the other side, we could watch airplanes landing and taking off at the airport, behind the cables carrying the cable cars.  It almost looked like the planes were taking off through the cable cars. 



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