As I noted in a previous post, the city of Hong Kong with its harbor is on the north of Hong Kong Island. A half hour trip by taxi or bus takes one to villages on the southern side of the island. One of these is Shek O. On the November Sunday we visited, the beach was busy, although swimming was forbidden; the shark net had been taken in for repairs. The cans and flags you can just make out in this photo marked sections for a sand castle competition which had been held earlier in the day.
The way the side of the beach ran straight into the water reminded me that clusters of islands are peaks in a mountain range. The same is true of the islands on the coast of Maine, although there the tides give the rocks a harder time – our place in Maine is 22 degrees of latitude north of Hong Kong. That’s quite a difference.