Friday, 25 July 2014

Lung Cheung Road Lookout - summer versus spring

Following on from the last post on Hong Kong's air quality, here is a post I had originally put up some time in March of 2013. Actually, it was one of the last posts I wrote on the old blog before pulling the plug. The topic was a famous lookout point very near to where I now live and one reasonably fine day I took the kids up there to see what the view was like.

Okay, I admit the film buff in me was also a bit curious because this spot has supposedly been used many times for film locations and, in fact, the first time I had really heard about it was from reading Dan Thomas’ excellent Hong Kong on Film blog. He had identified this place as one of the locations featured in the film Where’s Officer Tuba.

Anyway, despite the very unreliable air quality I figured it was worthwhile highlighting this place. Despite an abundance of tour coaches laid up in the adjoining car park, we had the place to ourselves which leads me to believe a lot of coach drivers use this place to have a kip in between pick-ups.

The picture above shows the view directly south. The building in the near right is the Festival Walk mall – built by Swire but now owned by a Malaysian company called Mapletree. Actually, there's lots to see, but better views during the summer when there is less haze.

Closeup of Festival Walk and Kowloon Tong East Rail station
Lion Rock from Kowloon Tong-side (i.e. no longer a lion)
Sitting out area of the lookout

Now, if you want to get here yourself, the best way is probably to catch the 32M minibus from outside Shek Kip Mei MTR exit A. Alight at the terminus on Lung Ping Road and cross Lung Cheung Road next to Beacon Heights using the pedestrian flyover. Once on the south side of Lung Cheung Road (next to the reservoir recreation ground) just follow the not-so-direct-but-singular path up the side of the road. It takes you under the highway’s sliproad before dumping you on the right side of the road for walking on to the lookout.

For those of you interested in seeing how the view is a lot better in the summer time, here are some more pictures.

 Fei Ngo Shan aka Kowloon Peak
 One Island East in the far distance

 A few icons: Langham Tower, BOC HQ, tip of the IFC2
 Kai Tak airstrip hidden behind the new high rises
Mount Beacon lower left, City U residences on the right

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