Saturday, 7 May 2016

Cheung Sha Beach | Lantau Island

     Hong Kong in the spring is not always the prettiest of places, with the sky painted a dreary grey and the tops of the highest buildings constantly lost in the clouds of foggy pollution. The humidity is high and thunderstorms have been frequent lately. However, that doesn't mean there aren't still opportunities to go out and see new places still. Last Saturday, after work, I took a jaunt over to Lantau Island (which can be reached by the MTR to Tung Chung, or the ferry from Central to Mui Wo - I took the latter to get there, and the former to get home). I've seen the big sights on the island, like the Big Buddha and Tai O, so this time I made for the beach - Cheung Sha to be specific. The weather wasn't exactly suited to swimming and sunbathing, but a stroll along the sand for an hour or so, and some photographic experimenting, was a pleasant way to pass an afternoon. 

      I ended up taking the bus (no. 1) to the Upper beach, and walking down its length, then along a short path to reach the Lower beach. The Lower beach is near the village, and therefore much busier, as well as smaller, whereas the Upper part was more or less empty, save a few other walkers, so I definitely enjoyed that side more for my quiet, peaceful, contemplative wanderings. I was thinking about some important stuff at the time, so some space to clear my head and get perspective on it was certainly a good idea - this post landed on the blog just a few hours later. It was also great to try out photographing the place in drizzly, overcast weather, as I normally prefer sunshine for the best lighting - this is still true for the most part, but I'm pretty pleased with how these turned out in the end!

Cheung Sha beach, Lantau Island, Hong Kong


Cheung Sha beach, Lantau Island, Hong Kong

Cheung Sha beach, Lantau Island, Hong Kong


Cheung Sha beach, Lantau Island, Hong Kong

Cheung Sha beach, Lantau Island, Hong Kong

Cheung Sha beach, Lantau Island, Hong Kong

Cheung Sha beach, Lantau Island, Hong Kong

Cheung Sha beach, Lantau Island, Hong Kong

Cheung Sha beach, Lantau Island, Hong Kong

Feet in the sand and shallows on Cheung Sha beach, Lantau Island, Hong Kong

Cheung Sha beach, Lantau Island, Hong Kong

Cheung Sha beach, Lantau Island, Hong Kong

Footprints in the sand on Cheung Sha beach, Lantau Island, Hong Kong

Crashing waves on Cheung Sha beach, Lantau Island, Hong Kong

Hong Kong written in the sand on Cheung Sha beach, Lantau Island, Hong Kong

Waves crashing on Cheung Sha beach, Lantau Island, Hong Kong

Cheung Sha beach, Lantau Island, Hong Kong

Cheung Sha beach, Lantau Island, Hong Kong

Footprints in the sand on Cheung Sha beach, Lantau Island, Hong Kong

Cheung Sha beach, Lantau Island, Hong Kong

Cheung Sha beach, Lantau Island, Hong Kong

Hong Kong writing in the sand being washed away on Cheung Sha beach, Lantau Island, Hong Kong

Cheung Sha beach, Lantau Island, Hong Kong

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