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Gong Yani started her career as a synchronised swimmer when she was six years old. Originally from Wenzhou, in Zhejiang, her father believed she would have the chance of a better life if she joined the team. Her life since then has been through many ups and downs as she has struggled to progress to the senior team and have a shot at competing in the National championships. Her ultimate goal is to join the Chinese Olympic team. Coming back from a career threatening injury Yani is now captain of the Hunan Provincial team and working hard towards her goal.

All shot on an iPhone.

A gorge and a mountain

In the second episode from Zhaoqing we visit one of Guangdong’s most popular tourist sites, plus hike a 10km gorge walk along an ancient path. Waterfalls, lakes, mountains and rivers all included as we take on Dinghu mountain and a walk back to Zhaoqing city.

To get there take bus 21 from Renmin road south to Dinghu Shan – the trip costs just 2 RMB. At the entrance you need to buy a 78 RMB ticket to get in. From the exit take a taxi to Huang Cun or number 6 bus from the Kang Kou station that also takes you to the start of the trail. At the end of the trail look for the number 1 bus that will you back into town.

If you need an English speaking guide try,

Jason Deng, 8613556528500
Jacky Jian, 13602985801
Vicky Zhou,17181378861

Yim Tin Tsai

Yim Tin Tsai has much to explore but is only accessible by a ferry service on the weekend. Hire a boat from Sai Kung on the weekday and you escape the crowds. From the pier I walked up to the church and museum (both closed on weekdays) and into the village. The ruins of  the 19th century Hakka settlement are mainly untouched and bear the signs of the Catholic evangelization that happened later in the communities history. Combine a walk through the village with a wonder through the mangroves and salt plains to get the most from the trip. It’s a great place for photographers.

More information and a map HERE.

Tap Mun

Tap Mun, also known as grass island, is the best of the five islands for local culture and easy walking. The island is reasonably flat but has some great routes in the north of the island for walkers wanting to escape the crowds. Although there are no formal beaches, the waters are crystal clear and fun for paddling and rock jumping.

More information and a map HERE.

Po Toi

If getting away from the crowds is your objective it does not get much more remote than Po Toi. Known as the South Pole of Hong Kong, this small island has a myriad of small paths around it’s rocky shores and up into the hills above.

Information on how to get there and a good map can be found HERE.

Nam Sang Wei

Episode 14 Drone and Phone – Biking Nam Sang Wai the last in the series of Hong Kong’s five best bike rides. This short flat loop is perfect for a family day out, with plenty of places to explore amongst the myriad of paths that cross the wetlands. It’s also a great place to take to spot wild birds on the rivers and ponds.

See the map HERE.