We took advantage of the beautiful winter weather today by visiting Kadoorie Farm.
From its website:
Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG) spreads over 148 hectares of land and is located on the northern slopes and foothills of Hong Kong's highest mountain - Tai Mo Shan. Its deep-set valley has streams, woodlands and vegetable terraces - together with conservation and education facilities.
The Farm was established in 1956 to provide agricultural aid to farmers in need of support to help them lead independent lives. Today, reflecting the changing times, KFBG plays an active role in promoting the conservation of biodiversity in Hong Kong and South China, allied with sustainable agriculture and creative nature education.
Here I am with my "friend" Sir Horace Kadoorie.
We started with a picnic lunch.
This sign on our table made me a bit nervous, but we didn't actually see any monkeys today.
There were plenty of other interesting animals, however, such as this Chinese Water Dragon.
Red muntjak deer
Brown fish owl
White-bellied sea eagle
Dog-faced fruit bats
Kadoorie boasts some beautiful plant life too. I especially loved seeing trees with autumn-coloured leaves, quite rare in Hong Kong.
One of our favourite sections of Kadoorie was the sculpture park near the cafe. We had to search quite hard to find some of the wooden sculptures as they blended in with the scenery!
I was delighted to find sugar cane for sale at the farm shop as I have fond memories of buying sugar cane around second grade at a border crossing in Nigeria. Our children were a bit dubious and unenthusiastic about tasting the cane in its natural state, but I happily gnawed through mine.
More random photos from Kadoorie
Craig was fascinated by the grassed roofs on some of the buildings.
We missed out on the butterfly garden and several other attractions at Kadoorie, so I'm sure we will come back another time.