Explore the local water pipe
After a series of rain these days, sunny days are finally back. Although summer is quite hot, it's still a good idea to have a walk and even hiking because the sky is so blue!
We saw the pipe of our drinking water.
Besides the rain, Hong Kong buys water from China, and thus the water needs to be transported through the pipe from the mainland to our hometown.
Before meeting my friends, I arrived in Sheung Shui an hour earlier to wander around the streets near to the station. Sheung Shui started from farms and villages, and later was developed as a suburb. However, it eventually turns out to be a place as crowded as in Mongkok and Causeway Bay, the two popular shopping districts in the city. It is because more people from China flock to there (which is quite near to Shenzhen) to buy a large amount of daily necessities which are more reliable and safer than they have in their own country. They usually bring their suitcases so they can take a lot.
Sketching has become my habit for these months, so I looked for something I liked to draw besides taking pictures. There are many short and old buildings with only two or three levels, and they allow a variety of things entering into the area like signs and shops etc. The new and tall towers are usually owned and managed by giant real estate companies which do impose a lot of restrictions making the city less stunning. Its believed that the government will demolish all these houses one day and replace them with those skyscrapers.
We met at 2:30pm, and started walking towards the north to explore the water pipe from China. It took us 10-15 mins walk to get there from Sheung Shui MTR Station.
The pipes were built along the track, and at there we could easily snap the train, including the intercity trains to the mainland.
It's a good idea to walk on the pipes. It should be safe to walk on as the pipes are big enough. It is unsafe because you feel unsafe. If you walk on it and fear you will fall from the pipe, you legs will shake and I think an accident will happen. But if you don't think walking on the pipe is a problem, everything is easy like the girls above.
Ridiculously, I know this fact (or how the psychology works in this case) but I still can't help being afraid of falling down. After walking a few steps, I find myself difficult to look back and even go back to the flat area. Maybe it's what Thinking, Fast and Slow said about the System 1 that people tend to generate some emotions especially fear to prevent from any bad accidents rather than tackling difficulties.
We then have doufufaa (豆腐花, or douhua 豆花 in Taiwan). $12 per person for unlimited doufufaa and soy milk. Great for people who go hiking afterwards.
My friend took his classic 120 film camera. When taking a shot the viewfinder faces up so photographers have to look down.
Luckily I can see some of the insects as the countryside should be of biodiversity. Including the mantis which suddenly came to my neck.
At first we were talking about whether we should get bikes for traveling, but we didn't know where to rent them so we walked. Maybe next time. When we revisit here we gonna cycle.
It's just 10-15 min walk from the core of Sheung Shui, but still we could escape from the crowded.
We planned to climb the hill above and hoped to watch sunset. However, we didn't have much time and had to go back before the dusk. Surely, we will come back and continue our trip some day.