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Chinese Banyan of Nathan Road at night, Hong Kong

By on September 4, 2015 in Hong Kong

On the lower half of Nathan Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong, there is a collection of really old looking Chinese Banyan (Ficus macrocarpa) trees. Apparently, these trees originally covered the length of the road, and these are the last few left. Each tree is now protected and has its own identification tab.

Chinese Banyan (Ficus macrocarpa) trees

Chinese Banyan (Ficus macrocarpa) trees

The trees are really quite spectacular and at night they look even better as a result of the slightly eerie glow cast on them by the street lights.

Twisted tree - Chinese Banyan (Ficus macrocarpa) trees

Twisted tree – Chinese Banyan (Ficus macrocarpa) trees

Chinese Banyan (Ficus macrocarpa) tree

Chinese Banyan (Ficus macrocarpa) tree

Chinese Banyan (Ficus macrocarpa) tree

Nathan Road at night is really busy and full of lights and people. It is certainly an interesting place to explore. At the harbour end of the road, I found I couldn’t walk more than 10 yards without being offered a “lovely” or “genuine” Rolex.

Finally, at the end of a long hot humid walk down the road going down the escalator to get into the subway to the Star Ferry was like descending into a lovely cool swimming pool. It was also great to finally get away from the sound of traffic.

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