Monday, March 1, 2010

Sweating...I mean, Hiking to Tai O

When it's 95% humidity, clearly the only thing to do is to go on a four hour hike through the mountains of Lantau Island. Taking the ferry over there we missed the flying fish and albino dolphins, but got a great view of the cable cars going up to the Po Lin monsatery.

This being Hong Kong, part of the hiking path was paved, but the last bit was rocks and dirt and awesome. Some photos from the hike:

We ended up at Tai O - a traditional fishing village (the "Venice of Hong Kong") complete with houses on stilts, questionable seafood, and dried fish everywhere.

We had something that I think might be crawfish, but in Canto they're called "peeing prawns" - apparently when you pick them up, they pee on you. According to my friends this is a good thing because you don't want the urine still in their bodies when you eat them. When you think about it like this, it really makes you wish that every animal was a peeing animal....

The waiter showed us how to "massage" them so the meat would relax and they'd be easier to peel. I found it too much work for too little payoff, so I focused on the roast goose and fish head instead. I did not eat the eyeballs this time, as everyone seemed horrified by it.

On the bus ride back I enjoyed a raspberry/passionfruit kit-kat and saw a cow get hit by a taxi.*

* The cow was fine. Unless, of course, it had severe internal bleeding, in which case it's dead by now.

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