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Yin Au (Sunny Bay)

Yin Au is a natural bay on the north eastern side of the Lantau Island. The name in Chinese means "Shady Bay" and this name has been used since the history of Hong Kong began. With the Opening of DisneyLand in Lantau in September 2005, the stupid Government of Hong Kong had decided to change the name of the place to "Yan Au" (means Gladdy Bay) in Chinese and "Sunny Bay" in English. While this shows the Government's lack of respect to tradition, it also shows their ignorance in geography and Chinese culture. The bay is essentially sheltered from the strong afternoon sunlight by a number of small islands further offshore. That's how the place acquired its name. Also, traditional Chinese favours the Yin (Shady, soft, moist and fullness) over the Yang (Sunny, rigid, dry and emptiness) because the Yin is more humane.

The Bay has been a storage yard for imported timber logs. To avoid losing sight of the logs if placed horizontally underwater, the logs are piled in vertical position. The view of thousands of logs sticking out of the water is a beautiful scene. However, the Government is trying to move the logs away so that they can re-develop the area. While the progress of the resumption has slowed down due to the downturn of the property market, I just hope that the place will stay the way it is and what it has been over the last hundred years, including its name.

Unfortunately my D70 died the night before, so I have to make shift with my miniature FZ5. I'll come back again next time, in sunrise.
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