There is a Giant bean (Entada phaseoloides
as botanical name and “Guo Gang Long” as its common Chinese name) in
the recreation zone at Tai Po Kau Forest Nature Reserve. It is a
giant woody climber branching out at its roots into climbing vines
shuttling among tree canopies in the forest. It never lands on
ground but hangs from one tree to another. When you are in the
forest, you can neither figure out its origin nor the end. What you
know is that you cannot escape from its coverage! Next time when you
pass by Tai Po Kau Forest Nature Reserve, don’t miss this landmark
This vine has been growing with the nearby
trees. After so many years, trees have grown into huge trees and
the vine becomes giant vine.
Around its roots lives a wicked bug. Whenever I
bring groups there, for sure, participants will be bitten with
swollen legs and feet. Fortunately, they will recover after a few
This quirky climber has five limbs, climbing
around on the top of trees overwhelmingly forming a layout of “nets
above on the left and snares below on the right”. Its branches
oppress the growth of many trees. There is also an evil guardian at
its foot which attacks passer-bys without mercy. Doesn’t it sound
like a fairy tale? King Devil entrenches in the forest bullying the
small and weak. A goblin kicks around and harasses the passer-bys.
The prophets did warn us well in advance the cause and effect.
*translated by Mary Chung