First trip: Kam Shang Park, or Monkey hill
For my first trip, me and my family went to Kam Shan nature park, a park known for its huge amounts of Rhesus Macaques.
Even though there were a couple pieces of stray rubbish littering the trail, the trip was overall very interesting and fun.
And a lot of monkeys too...
Monkeys, food, and rule-breakers
Even before walking for ten minutes, I already sensed a aura of bad rule-breaking oozing figuratively around each road and path of the trail. Even before hopping off our cab, a red van screeched to a stop near the entrance of the trail, while the driver slowly clambered out of the dented car. Opening the back of the van, the driver took out a huge box of mouldy bananas and left them on the ground, watching from behind a bush as the bananas were ripped into little pieces by eager monkeys.
Another rule-breaker took it even further, letting monkeys grab the food from their hands while in the safety of a car. And one last example of bad rule-breaking would be the case of a young boy and his dad. Near the beginning of the trail, there was a small rest area with toilets and vending machines. After quickly emptying a can of lemon tea, they decided it would be better fun to let the monkeys drink whatever was left in the can, laughing and hollering loudly when the monkey found out that the can was empty.
Later on, I researched more about these monkeys that seemed to be taking over Kam Shang country park. The monkeys I saw were Rhesus Macaques, monkeys who had been introduced into Hong Kong to stop the wild growing of a plant called Strychnos found to be growing along the Kowloon reservoir. A deadly plant, Strychnos was actually quite lethal to humans who unwittingly ingested it. Despite this lethality, Rhesus Macaques were immune to this deadly property, and managed to devour most of the Strychnos plants lining the reservoir. However, the Introduction of Rhesus Macaques soon had its consequences. Initially supposed to be very small in numbers, the population of Macaques skyrocketed extremely fast, most likely the product of people feeding the macaques rather than letting them forage food for themselves. This led to the macaques being less afraid of humans, and therefore more likely to cause accidents to humans and macaques alike.
Some more fun: other photos
Place 2: Kadoorie farm and Botanical garden
For my second trip, I went with my family to Kadoorie farm and Botanical garden. A very tranquil place, with stunning views of the mountainside and lovely flora, Kadoorie farm and Botanical garden was established during the late 1950's. Kadoorie Farm and Botanical garden (Kadoorie farm for short) was very interesting and fun for me, housing a wide variety of rescued animals and various monuments. Along with this, there were also many species of flora, decorating the whole farm with shades of vibrant red and yellow. Compared to my first location, Kadoorie Farm was very quiet and peaceful, the breeze howling gently through the trees. I really enjoyed Kadoorie farm and its wonderful flora.
Some of the photos I took on the trip
Third place: WWF Mai Po nature reserve
For my third place, me and my family went to the WWF Mai Po nature reserve. A wide marshland with many species of birds, including the endangered Black-faced spoonbill. The reserve was very fun and engaging, especially watching many birds like White Egrets slowly take off and fly. Even though it was slightly drizzling on the day, the nature reserve was still very fun and I really enjoyed it!