// MY NAME IS DANIELAnd after years of dreaming I've sold everything I own and set off on the open road. I've made this site as a sort of photo journal of my travels. The map shows where I've been (red), where I've stayed a month or more (yellow), and where I plan to go (white). And so, armed with little more than a backpack, a camera, and a dream, I now take the road less traveled by. So it goes.
HONG KONG CITY After more than two years living and traveling through 18 countries in Central and South America, it was time to change continents. Hong Kong was my entry point into Asia. I stayed three months and while I have some complaints (a long list actually) about the way the urban planners here consistently inconvienced and even endangered pedestrains (the vast majority of the residents) to make things more convient for a few suburban drivers (a tiny minority of the population) I enjoyed the city very much and having stayed so long, consider it a little chapter in the book of my life.
HONG KONG TEMPLES Hong Kong is filled with temples and churches. The British tried to forced Christianity on the city (with varying success, only about 10% of the population is Christian) but most of Hong Kong remains dedicated to Chinese Folk Religion, which is focused on ancestor worship and local deities. Over the centuries Buddhism and Taoism have also taken root in the city and below you'll see Buddhist and Taoist temples as well. The gold statues are mostly Buddhist, the worshipers dressed in red are Taoist, and many of the stone temples pictured below are local Chinese folk temples dedicated to various local spirits and gods.
HONG KONG NATURE One of the saving graces of Hong Kong is that despite being so tiny and dense, only 25% of the land is developed. A full 40% of the territory is parks and nature reserves, meaning that one is never very far from a forested mountain or coastline. There's also monkeys. And who doesn't love monkeys.