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Quest complete 探索は終わった

October 30, 2008

It all began with a picture in a magazine.  The old school being used as a backdrop for the fashion shoot was obviously in Hong Kong somewhere so I figured it shouldn’t be too difficult to track down.  Well, it proved to be much more difficult than anticipated.
写真を見たから僕の探求始まりました。写真で古学校はぜったい香港にあると思うので見付けやすいでしょうね。実は見付けにくいでした。

Naturally, I thought the first place to try would be with the photographer who shot the piece in the first place.  I never did get a response.  I then tried the staff at the magazine.  The woman I talked to obviously knew the location but instead I got, “Sorry, we can’t help you”.  Then I thought maybe the editor would be more forthcoming.  He was willing to help but in the end, gave me the wrong location.  He also informed me that the particular photographer is notoriously secretive about his shooting locations.
まず、写真を撮ったカメラマンを連絡しました。ぜんぜん返事をしなかった。ひどいですね。次、雑誌の会社員を連絡しました。「すみません、その所は告げっていません」と言いました。たぶん編集者は所を告げると思いました。違う所を言いました。大変!

Finally, I decided to contact Pete Spurrier, the author of a guide about hiking in Hong Kong.  He immediately recognized the building I was looking for.  “It’s quite a journey though”, he said.  After a quick consult of my handy-dandy map book, I determined that for me it wasn’t such a journey.  Turns out it’s about a 20 minute bus ride and a one hour hike away from my apartment.
最後に香港ハイキングガーイドの著者を連絡しました。ピート•スプーリアです。メールで雑誌から写真を送りました。「している!」と言いました。「でも、遠いですよ」。僕のもっと便利な地図本を見ました。本当に僕の家から遠くないです。バースで20分ぐらいかかります。その後、ハイクで一時間ぐらいかかります。良いですね。

For anyone who’s interested in going, here are the details.  From Fanling station, jump on the 56K minibus and take it to its final stop at Luk Keng.  Follow the road that leads perpendicular from the restaurant and when the road curves, take the gravel road into the village.  Follow the signs along the water that indicate Kuk Po.  That’s where you’ll not only find the school but the eerie stillness of villages that have been abandoned, many of them still with furniture inside and pictures left on the wall.
もし、興味があればこれは行き方です。ファンリン駅から56K小バースを乗って。終点に降りて。その所はラクケングです。レストラーンから、垂線の道に歩いて。道なりにカーブの所に左に曲がって。小さい村に入って。カクポと言うサインを辿って。一時間かかる後カクポに着きます。そこで古学校ばかりでなく不気味な廃村を見ます。たくさん建物内にまだ家具等があります。

2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 18, 2009 12:44 am

    Glad I could be of help!🙂 Great pictures.

    Cheers
    Pete

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  2. Gordon permalink*
    November 18, 2009 8:35 am

    Thanks again for the help you gave in finding the place. Thanks too for checking out my blog.

    Gordon

    Like

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