Stairways to Heaven 2

Here are some more interesting stairs that we saw during our trip to Hong Kong last month. The colourfully painted stairs above are in Aberdeen, on Hong Kong island. The stairs below are painted with town names and years. They are in Causeway Bay and commemorate the Olympic Games up to the Beijing Olympics.

And these stairs lined with comic book characters lead up from Nathan Road to Kowloon Park.

Writing on the Wall

We came across plenty of impressive calligraphy during our visit to Hong Kong last month – much of it written on walls. The two large characters shown above and below are at Hau Wong Temple in Kowloon. They mean longevity (above) and crane (the bird, below)

This one is beside the hiking trail from Po Lin Monastery on Lantau Island to Chung Kung, and means Buddha.

And we saw all these people feverishly writing on a wall at Wong Tai Sin Temple, presumably seeking good luck at Chinese New Year.

Hong Kong – Wildlife

We also saw more wildlife than you might expect during our trip to Hong Kong last month, including the Red-whiskered Bulbul above on Lamma Island and the grasshopper below on Lantau Island.

We also came across a number of cows roaming free on Lantau Island, in the area around Po Lin Monastery and the Big Buddha.

And one day we looked out of the window of our hotel room in Causeway Bay, and found a large Black Kite looking in at us. It was standing on a ledge below the window.