Thursday Doors: Mui Wo

The season of life that I inhabit at the moment is one of waiting.  It involves some unknowns.  However, I have been trying (really hard) to slow my mind from racing and to enjoy the every-day with all that it contains.  During this time of slowing down a bit, I enjoyed another nice day outing with my husband.

I didn’t travel far.  But often we don’t need to travel far to get a different view.  So off to Mui Wo we went, which is a small town located on Lantau Island (Hong Kong).  The population of Mui Wo is 5,485 so there is a “space available” feel, with little crowds and an absence of the big city bumping or pushing.

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I also live on Lantau Island, in a different part.  Most people don’t realize that Hong Kong is made up of two hundred plus outlying islands that provide a significant change to the hectic pace of life that most people associate with Hong Kong.

To get to Mui Wo from where I live, we took a relaxing twenty-minute ferry.  The ride was smooth and the warm temperature was tempered by a cool breeze.

ND3_7791Last week, we romped the busy streets and alleyways of Central on the main island of Hong Kong.  In contrast, our trip to Mui Wo involved strolling and meandering down cobblestone streets, roads with little to no traffic, and pathways with lush green foliage.  It is peaceful in its charm and rustic feel.

ND3_7799Disembarking the ferry, we made our way toward the Silvermine Waterfalls, down the cobblestone walkway that runs along the waterfront.

ND3_7778Walking through the villages and down the narrow streets; with small shops, eateries, and markets selling food and flowers, we enjoyed the quaint feel of the place.

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Most people in Mui Wo live in flats within village housing.  There are very few highrise buildings.  People there also live in small to large homes.

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To get to the front door of someone’s home or to enter their property, it is common in this part of Asia to pass through a gate.

ND3_7817As we walked on towards the falls, we enjoyed the wildflowers that grew on both sides of the road. It is quite the contrast to the concrete jungle that is Hong Kong in many places.  That said, there are many parts of Hong Kong where you can enjoy the beauty of nature.

ND3_7815The Hong Kong Olympic Trail is a 5.6-kilometer paved hiking path on the southern coast of Lantau Island in honor of Hong Kong hosting the equestrian events of the 2008 Olympics.  We walked along a section of the Olympic Trail to reach the waterfalls.

ND3_7821Passing by the Man Mo Temple, through the gates, and onward to the falls. Walking through the forest provided a refreshing respite for my soul.  Being amongst God’s nature calms my heart and gives me peace.

ND3_7827One of Mui Wo’s lavatories on the way to the waterfalls.  There is no door, but it is equipped with plenty of banana leaves (lol).

ND3_7832 This beautiful pagoda stands at the base of the falls, inviting people to come rest awhile and enjoy the scenery.

ND3_7835Arriving at the beautiful falls, we took in the serenity of the water cascading over the rocks, making its way down the hill in a steady rushing stream.

ND3_7846Not wanting to leave the tranquility of the surroundings, we, however, made our way back through the gate as the sun was preparing to set and on toward the ferry to return home.

ND3_7856Reaching the cobblestone street that runs along the water, it was fun to meet the famous cows of Mui Wo.  The ones who roam the streets.  They are like celebrities.  As the sun set, the cows meandered along, wandering by the local people to pause in greeting as old friends.

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Goodbye Mui Wo!  Until the next time…

 

(Inspired by Thursday Doors, hosted by Norm Frampton. For more interesting doors from all around the globe, check it out.)

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