Sure it isn't the clearest Hong Kong day, but the views from Jardine's lookout are still worth the stair climbing. I would love to come up here at sunset one day and see Hong Kong light up the night sky.
So who is this Jardine person anyway? And why a lookout? According to Wikipedia the lookout is named after William Jardine, one of the founders of Jardine Matheson Holdings, a conglomerated founded in 1832 with early business dealings in smuggled opium, tea and cotton. So why the lookout? Well, the lookout was used by the company as a vantage point for sighting the first boats from India and London. What did the boats contain? The latest mail, and with the mail the latest news on the world's financial markets. When a foreign boat was spotted a fast boat was sent out to collect the correspondence and then directed to the office in Hong Kong. With the most up to date information Jardine Matheson could make financial decisions before anyone else in Hong Kong. Today the lookout is used to take in the latest views of the ever changing Hong Kong and Kowloon skyline.
From Jardine's lookout I hike to the next vantage point of Mount Butler. So far Section 5 of the Hong Kong Trail has been much steeper and a tougher walk compared to Section 4. But the extra effort is definitely worth it. Look at these views.