i love graveyard walk because they are always quiet and solemn. hong kong cemetery in particular is the one i frequent. it is easy to reach, it is beautiful physically. the great depth of history is hard to resist. and it is a treasure land of historic trees and greenery.
it was sunny this past christmas holiday, so one morning i just hopped on a tram heading to happy valley.
there are quite a number of plumeria around the main area of the cemetery. they are particularly striking in winter after shedding leaves. in this frame there is a norfolk pine at far.
there are a number if not more ancient trees (in hong kong term. more than a hundred year old) in this close to two century old cemetery. this kassod tree could be more than 150 years old stands high than the monumental pillar.
i have attended a talk about grave inscription recently. so i spent more time studying tablets during this trip. some of them are beautiful but it is hard to read the inscriptions. but it doesn’t matter, the moss and lichen is another kind worth studying.
this west indies mahogany always take my breath away. some estimated that it could also be over 150 years old.
this is a happy land for trees as there is not much human intervention.