Below Kowloon Peak skyscrapers poke up from the haze of heat, humidity and the pollution floating down from Mainland China, made further opaque by the setting sun. It’s a bit like looking at an anthill, you know you’re looking at millions of people.
I’ve been here in Hong Kong for three weeks now and it’s defiantly proving to be a place of contrast. Contrasts between westernisation and traditional Chinese, between densely populated areas and wide open spaces, between modern and undeveloped. Not necessarily the place you would think of for outdoor activities or work as an outdoor professional. However with most of the Hong Kong population stacked atop one another on Kowloon side and Hong Kong Island it leaves a lot of the territory for wide open space.
That being said, having its base on the 16th and 21st floors of an industrial office building does make Asia Pacific Adventure (APA) the strangest outdoor adventure and education company I’ve ever worked for! Every weeks there’s a strange journey from ‘home’ on Cheung Chau, into central on a commuter ferry then through the organised chaos of the big city and out the other side to out outdoor based for the week.
Hong Kong was never a place I would have expected to be living, even short term let alone coming over for a job with an outdoor education company!
It’s the big city life and the outdoors.