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Hiking the Cascade de Chanxhe in Belgium

Hiking the Cascade de Chanxhe in Belgium

Cascade de Chanxhe | Waterfalls of Belgium.

A Family Hike.

By Alan & His Family | A Belgian Family

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The Cascade

What does cascade mean?

Cascade is the French word for waterfalls. As we have some small waterfalls here in Belgium like the Cascade De Coo & Cascade du Bayehon, there are even smaller ones in the country which are all nothing compared to other massive ones around the world. But we Belgians do enjoy their uniqueness and sometimes visit these waterfalls when the weather is perfect for a hike.

They may be more impressive after heavy rainfall when water levels rose to fill up the small streams.

This time around it didn’t rain very often and we found just a cute waterfall in Chanxhe, not far from the city of Liège.

Where is Chanxhe?

Its location?

It is located just 15 kilometers to the south of Liège in the east of Belgium.

The area is prone to flooding from the Ourthe river due to its proximity to the river, although the waterlevels of the Ourthe are usually not very high nor frequent.

But this year the river Ourthe & Vesder flooded due to sever rainfall and flooded many houses as a result. Read more about it here.

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Carrieres

Sprimont

Carrieres de Sprimont et de Chanxhe – Sprimont Blue?

Quarries of Belgium

In Belgium we have many quarries like stone groves, chalk quarries, black marble quarries, etc.

In Chanxche the limestone quarry is still in use today where blue stone in extracted.

The Golzinne quarry is probably the most well-known quarry for its Belgian Black marble, or Noir Belge in French. This Belgian gold can be seen at the Tournai Cathedral or the Premonstratensian Monastery in Mechelen, also known as the Averbode Abbey. It is extracted at least 70 meters under the ground and water pumps must operate constantly to keep the seeping water out of the mine.

Alan has been to a couple of underground quarries where adventure was key to the explore. Upcoming blogs about his adventures will soon be added.

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My sister

Celine

Our Thoughts.

Was it worth it, was it a good hike?

Every hike is different, and this hike was, to our surprise a bit less impressive then, say, our previous hike where we met a couple of donkeys grazing in the snowy landscape and a funny plate with the word Spoozbzug on it meaning Rail bridge, but with the wrong Flemish spelling.

Chanxche is probably more impressive after rainfall and thereby our next time will most likely be during a season where rain is likely to be present.

This city is also known for its historic heritage, namely the Château des Maîtres de Forges, which is built in the year 1656 and located on the banks of the Ourthe, to the south of the village.

As long as we can hike we’re more than happy, that’s what we always used to say and this time it wasn’t any different.

We had a lot of fun, the dogs were happy to be free for a day and we did our workout once again.

See you in the next one…

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Hiking in the fabulous Hong Kong

Hiking in the fabulous Hong Kong

Hiking in the fabulous Hong Kong

Hiking in the fabulous Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s mountains are not high, but they are magnificent

Hong Kong

The City

Hong Kong is well known for its densely-packed city full of high-rise towers built sky high, but a little further out of the city centre it’s surrouned by beautiful mountains and plenty small beach shores to explore and relax.

Colourful Housing Blocks are a normal sight

At night

Photography TIp

At night the city changes into a magnificent light show and those high-rise towers stand out against the nearby mountains.

How to get this shot?

For the most famous photobombing shot of the city you need to get to Lugard Road on Victoria Peak.

⇒ Lugard Road Lookout – Find it here on Google Maps

How to get there?

By either taking the Peak Tram or by Bus
For more information about the Peak, follow the link here

Hong Kong at night as seen from Lugard Road

National Parks

Seek Nature

National Parks

Tai Lam Country Park
Shek O Country Park
Plover Cove Country Park
Tai Po Kau Nature Reserve
Hong Kong Wetland Park
Aberdeen Country Park
Lantau South Country Park
Kam Shan Country Park
Kiu Tsui Country Park
Tai Mo Shan Country Park

Country Parks

Sai Kung East Country Park
Tai Tam Country Park
Ma On Shan Country Park
Shing Mun Country Park

High Island Reservoir – Sai Kung East Country Park

View of Lantau Peak as seen from Ngong Ping

A river at the Tai Tong Sweet Gum Woods

City Parks

Music & Relax Detox

A big advantage of Hong Kong is that it has a large amount of small to medium city parks where you can enjoy the locals dance or more like move on the rhythm of the music that comes from their speakers. It’s not dubstep or R&B or Reggae, no it’s a totally different culture and therefor it is Chinese meditational music, or just relax after an exhausting day at work or during your stay in Hong Kong.

Kowloon Walled City Park

One specific park we would like to mention is the Kowloon Walled City Park because history has it that this park is built on the historical Kowloon Walled City that stood there from around 1898 until 1994. The history of the walled city can be traced back to the Song Dynasty (960–1279), when an outpost was set up to manage the trade of salt.

With no government enforcement from the Chinese or the British, the walled city became a haven for crime and drugs. It was only during a 1959 trial for a murder that the Hong Kong government was ruled to have jurisdiction there. By that time, however, the walled city was virtually ruled by the organised crime syndicates known as triads.

The city had just a size of 0,026 km² (26.000 m²) or 2.6 hectares.

By 1990 it had about 50.000 residents within its borders.

Although the Walled City is demolished in 1994, we can still see it in documentaries or video games that take place inside the city.

Velodrome Park in Tseung Kwan O is just a heaven on its own

Weird circular mirrors at Salisbury Garden, Tsim Sha Tsui

The Mountains

Hiking Time

The Peaks

Lantau peak

Reaching a height of 934 metres above sea level, placing this mountain on number 2 behind the Tai Mo Shan mountain with a height of 957 metres. Its Cantonese name is Fung Wong Shan and literally means “Phoenix Mountain” and is famous for its sunrise scenery at the top. And, it is so beautiful up there.

Us at Lantau Peak – 2018

Lantau Peak as seen from Ngong Ping