Hiking with my Uncle _ Jiantan Mountain Hiking Trail, Yuanshan Scenic Area

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My 70-year-old uncle goes hiking every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday up Jiantan Mountain in the Yuanshan Scenic Area.  Byron and I decided to join him on his usually solitary ascent up the mountain overlooking the city of Taipei.  But first, we did some urban hiking through [and under pedestrian tunnels of] Shilin to get to the trail head, located adjacent to Ming Chuan University.

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At the trailhead, my uncle told us to take off our shirts.

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Even though the city just put in new paving and stairs up the mountain, my uncle insisted on keeping true to the spirit of hiking, and walking in the dirt trails along the steps.

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Taipei 101 in the background, with my grandpa’s cemetery in the foreground.

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The “Old Place”.  An old park cut into the side of the mountain with ‘pavilions’, exercise equipment, and stairs.

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There was also karaoke going on in the background.

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Jiantan Bus Station.

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3.5 Miles

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The Huohs _ Shilin, Taipei

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My family visited the Huohs (my mom’s older brother and sister-in-law, and my mom’s mom) in Shilin, Taipei.

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My aunt’s kitchen.

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A fan, made from a leaf.

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My uncle and my grandma - the original hipsters.

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My uncle drove my grandma across the street, in the pedestrian walkway.

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Shopping.

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While we were eating lunch at the restaurant…

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Fonts!

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Little Yellow.

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Dinner at home.

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The Mass Transit Railway _ Hong Kong

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The MRT is an amazing city machine. Here’s why:
- It consistently achieves a 99.9% on-time rate on its train journeys.
- As of 2012, the MTR has a 46.4% market share of the franchised public transport market, making it the most popular transport option in Hong Kong
- It is one of the most profitable systems in the world, with a high farebox recovery ratio of 186%

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My Grandpa’s Grave _ Tsuen Wan Chinese Permanent Cemetery, Kwai Fong, Kowloon

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Kwai Fong MRT Station _ Kwai Fong.

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Visiting my father’s father’s grave. It’s been 9 years since our last visit.  My grandfather is buried in what was once a remote hillside in the outer area of Kowloon (the triangular plot between the two bridges in the aerial photo).  However, since the 90’s the area, which faces the Rambler Channel on the western edge of Kowloon, has been heavily developed with high-rise apartments and shipping yards.  But no worries; the cemetery will always have a view of the water.

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 Rambler Channel Public Cargo Working Area

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Sheung Wan _ Hong Kong

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Man Mo Temple _ Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan.

Sheung Wan is one of the oldest district of Hong Kong, and one of the hilliest, leaving development relatively tame compared to other flatter parts of Hong Kong.  Recently, lots of small independent shops, chill bars and eateries, and galleries have been popping up in vacant historic buildings due to relatively lower rents, making Sheung Wan the new hipster area of Hong Kong.

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Blake Garden Park _ Sheung Wan.

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Tai Chi.

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Tank Lane _ Sheung Wan.

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Chinese YMCA Secondary School _ Bridges Street, Sheung Wan.

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Shing Wong Street _ Sheung Wan.

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Staunton Street _ Sheung Wan.

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Hong Kong Tramways _ Hong Kong

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Just as yellow taxis are synonymous with New York City transportation, so are the double-decker electric tramways of Hong Kong.  And just like the building of this metropolis, the trams are squeezed extremely close to each other on the road, mimicking the city’s urban density even in the public transportation system that is over 100 years old.

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Hong Kong & Kowloon

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It had been 9 years since I’d been back to Hong Kong, the city where my dad was born and raised.  Many of our relatives have since moved away and the high costs of the city have kept us away for this period.  Lots has changed.  We stayed on the Kowloon side of the city.

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Sidewalks _ Kowloon.

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A wonton shop that my dad and my grandpa used to frequent _ Kowloon.

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Nathan Road _ Kowloon.  Walking down Nathan Road, the main north-south thoroughfare of Kowloon.  On the right is Kowloon Park.

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Nathan Road _ Kowloon.  A strip mall fronting Nathan Road, carved into the hill of Kowloon Park.

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Kowloon Park _ Kowloon.  On the rooftop of the strip mall.

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Victoria Harbour -Kowloon.

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Pedestrian-only street off of Kai Chiu Road near Sogo _ Causeway Bay, Hong Kong.

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Sogo @ Hennessy Road _ Causeway Bay, Hong Kong.

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Central Elevated Public Walkway over Garden Road _ Central, Hong Kong.

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Public Staircases _ Sheung Wan, Hong Kong.

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Central Elevated Public Walkway over Connaught Road _Central, Hong Kong.

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My dad’s old neighborhood _ Kowloon

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Goldfish Market (Tung Choi Street North) _ Mong Kok, Kowloon.

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Hong Kong Central Library _ Causeway Bay, Hong Kong.

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Symphony of Lights _ Hong Kong / Kowloon.  A nightly light show on over 40 high-rises along both the Hong Kong and Kowloon side of Victoria Harbour.  Lasers!

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Michelle & Jordan’s Apartment _ Murray Hill, Manhattan

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Good buddies Michelle & Jordan have one of those views out of their Murray Hill apartment that makes one grateful for open spaces in the city.  Otherwise, skylines could only be appreciated from afar.

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Brooklyn Bridge Park _ Brooklyn

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Pier 5.

A great project, by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, that reclaims 85-acres of previously industrial / shipping yards into public space. 

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Picnic Peninsula at Pier 5.

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Pier 3 Greenway Terrace.

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Pier 2.

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