Minor Heat: Hawk studies and learns

January 20th, 2012
by Jo Law

In this pentad I travelled north of the equator to latitude 22°16′42″N and longitude 114°09′32″ E, to the city of Hong Kong. The city occupies a total area of 1104 squred km, situated on the east side of the Pearl River delta. According to its 2010 census, just over 7 million people live here making its average density to be about 6480 people per squared km. Despte its reputation as an highly populated urban environment, 75% of land Hong Kong remains undeveloped due to its steep gradient. On the mountains and hillsides, lucious subtropical plants can been seen to thrive. The constant high humidity (of no less that 60%) encourages plant growth; some species of trees take full adventage of the available moisture by sending out arial roots; small plants often sprout bewteen the cracks of concreted slopes. Located less than 1 degree south of the Tropic of Cancer, the geography of the archipelago has a major influence on its climate. In the summer months, southerlies with moisture content blows inland from the South China Sea. In the region, rising warm and humid air creates low pressure systems that give rise to tropic storms and typhoons. The high rainfall and daily maximums make Hong Kong summer hot and humid. In contrast, dry and cool northern-easterlies from mainland China dominate in the winter months. Winter is generally mild but for the occasional north winter monsoons that bring cold winds from the north. The Hong Kong Observatory forecasts that such a winter monsoon is nearing in the Guangdong province, just north of the city, and bring with it much cooler weather in the comign days. But for now, the maximum temperatures over the past few days have remained around 19ºC making the days pleasantly warm and dry.

2 Responses to “Minor Heat: Hawk studies and learns”

  1. 1 Mike
    January 21st, 2012 at 23:56

    The unexpected bonus to a stay in fabulous Hong Kong was discovering on the 75% of the island that is too steep on which to build, pathways and tracks winding around, with amazing views and descents. (It is better to be taken to the tops and then walk down!)

  2. 2 Jo Law
    January 22nd, 2012 at 20:22

    When we visit Hong Kong, we stay with my parents, who live at the foot of Beacon Hill in Kowloon Tong. It used to feel like a bit of a fitness test walking up to their flat from the bus or MTR (train/ underground) station. Now having lived in Austinmer for a number of years, walking up the foothills is really a walk in the park.