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The Beach with the Buffalo, Hong Kong

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Lantau, Hong Kong

On Lantau Island at the mouth of the Pearl River, the buffalo come to sleep. Twilight drifts over the neon lights, the gleaming spires and the synthetic shopping malls elsewhere in Hong Kong. But in this part, at least, twilight signals a change of pace.

A string of fairy lights sums up the illumination on the beach, where wild buffalo scuff the sand and settle down as the light fades for a snooze with an oceanfront view.

Buffalo sleeping

And when that view looks like this, you can hardly blame them, can you?

Beach on Lantau Island

The Dragon Route

This post forms part of The Dragon Route, a trip around China, Vietnam and Burma/Myanmar It’s sponsored by Cathay Pacific UK, my artistic patrons so to speak! Check out their flights to Hong Kong and go searching for buffalo yourself…

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21 Responses to The Beach with the Buffalo, Hong Kong

  1. Randy Kalp May 21, 2013 at 6:25 pm #

    Wow! That is really cool. I can honestly say I’ve never seen Buffalo chilling on the beach before. :)

    • Abi King May 23, 2013 at 2:22 pm #

      They’re great, aren’t they? I had some inside information from my mother in law!

  2. Raj Sharma May 29, 2013 at 3:42 pm #

    So beautiful beach. I wish I were that cow and chilling at this beach….

    • Abi King June 14, 2013 at 1:34 am #

      Me too, right now! Me too…

  3. Cuba Lewandowski May 30, 2013 at 4:04 am #

    My weekend temple of rejuvenation, Cheung Sha Beach on Lantau! Apart from buffaloes, great surf too! A must-see well spotted Abi!

    • Abi King May 30, 2013 at 8:37 am #

      I can see why you’d feel rejuvenated there…It’s so beautiful!

  4. Danny June 4, 2013 at 12:21 pm #

    I’ve been looking at Lantau for when I head to Hong Kong next month and I think it’s definitely worth a day trip from what I read. I cannot wait!

    • Abi King June 14, 2013 at 1:36 am #

      Yes, definitely. Also make time to check out the floating village near Mui Wo…Fascinating.

  5. Ankit Lodha June 10, 2013 at 4:08 pm #

    Wow that’s’ amazing beach of Hong Kong. In this blog images used too marvelous post also too good to read traveler. The cow is sitting on the beach so nicely. I wish I could be there to enjoy.

    • Abi King June 14, 2013 at 1:36 am #

      I hope you get there one day…

  6. Global Nomads June 11, 2013 at 3:53 am #

    We lived a few months in Lantau and had those water buffalos wandering in our yard, Locals told that they were once herded but after it became unprofitable they were freed. Awesome place, no street lights and people just playing mahjong all day long. The rents were good during winter time when nobody wanted to go there, but they only rent for couples because so many Hong Kong people travel there to commit suicide. Where we were living there our British neighbour hanged himself.

    Happy travels!

    • Abi King June 14, 2013 at 1:37 am #

      Oh my….Why? Why would people travel there of all places to commit suicide?!

      • Global Nomads June 14, 2013 at 2:24 am #

        Because they can be alone there and it is peaceful surroundings.

        • Abi King June 14, 2013 at 11:01 am #

          That’s really something to stop and make me think. At least it sounds like an uplifting reason, if there can ever be such a thing when we’re talking about suicide. I suppose I’m surprised because such spots are usually tall buildings, bridges, rail platforms and so on. In other words, places with plenty of people around and little beauty or peace. Thank you for answering – and for giving me something to think about.

          • Global Nomads June 14, 2013 at 4:41 pm #

            Our neighbour Scotchman hanged himself, but usually people use other, less risky and messy methods like pills and gas. The easiest would be to travel to Switzerland to a suicide clinic and/or buy a suicide pill from pharmacy, but that is quite far and getting visa can be complicated.

            No worries and thanks for writing us your blog to read, it awakened a lot of memories from Lantau!

  7. Hemant Sharma June 26, 2013 at 11:19 am #

    wow it so nice beach with Buffalo, in hong kong.
    thanks

    • Abi King June 29, 2013 at 4:09 pm #

      You’re welcome

  8. Mahesh Jhalani July 2, 2013 at 4:12 pm #

    My friends have been there they told me about this beach. The biggest thing that I’ve never seen confuse chilling on the seashore earlier than. In this blog post define very well done. It’s so nice I would like to be have been there

    • Abi King July 3, 2013 at 12:47 pm #

      Then I hope you get there one day…

  9. Kee November 29, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

    Just to let you know that the bovines in these photos are Lantau Cows, not buffalo. This herd ranges from Cheung Sha Beach (where the photos were taken) and north along the South Lantau coast to Tong Fuk.

    The water Buffaloes can mostly be found in Pui O, south of Cheung Sha.

    And …. the South Lantau Buffaloes Mini Rugby Club can be found each Sunday morning training in Tai O.

  10. Allison Foat March 28, 2014 at 10:16 am #

    They look so healthy as well…

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