Lion Rock Hike
The weather report predicted thunderstorms and rain for both today and yesterday, but fortunately both days turned out to be sunny with periods of clouds. I was finally able to hike Lion Rock, which was something I really wanted to do before leaving. I had heard that the hike was pretty difficult, but I was not prepared for how steep it was.
I went with three other exchange students and two local students who had hiked here before, so they were able to lead the way. It was only 80 F, but we still were very sweaty during the hike. The hike was shorter than I expected, only lasting about three hours but was challenging (especially to me, a non-hiker). There were so many stairs, both going up and down. The stairs in some parts were so high that I had to raise my foot to knee height to climb to the next stair. By the end of the hike my knees were hurting so badly.
There were many people hiking today, but I noticed many of them chose weird hiking outfits (which I have noticed in the past here). I saw many people wearing jeans, flip-flops, nice blouses, etc. One of the local students even told me that he saw a girl hiking before in high heels. I am not sure why so many of the people here tend to wear inappropriate outfits for working out. The people in Hong Kong typically do not get enough exercise, but I have seen many avid hikers during my time here.
As you can see from the photos, the views were amazing. I really enjoyed seeing both the skyscrapers and nature at the same time. Hong Kong is both very much a city, but also has many outdoors things to do for nature lovers.