For this week's walking tour, we are going way out into the New Territories, the not-so-new part of Hong Kong that actually still has some rural space. Ma On Shan Country Park is in the eastern New Territories, about halfway between Hong Kong Island and China.
At the edge of the park there's a humble activities area for local families. Naturally, you can still see high-rises from here...
...but there's a nice big pond inside the gates.
Turtles aren't the only animals that you'll see here.
Walk past the edge of the lake and you'll find a little farm.
They have baby goats!
For a second you might even forget you're not at an American county fair.
The women grow organic vegetables and sell them to visitors.
The farm feels like something from another time.
The facilities are humble...
...and the only people left are the elderly.
The little fields displayed an impressive variety of plants.
Some I didn't recognize...
...and others were quite familiar.
At the edge of the field are some beekeeping boxes. I bought a jar of the honey from the little shop.
The field is surrounded by sweet village houses.
I said goodbye to the cactus...
...which reminded me of home.
Then I continued on to the activities section of the park.
There was a racetrack where you could ride tricycles shaped like animals...
...paddle boats for an idyllic cruise on the lake (don't forget those high-rises)...
...and there was even a spot where you could walk on water.
A bunch of kids were making use of the mini racetrack.
Their laughter next to the pond made you forget the city for a while.