Sunday, December 1, 2013

Hong Kong Day 2

We checked out of our hotel early, stored our bags and then made the long subway trek to Lantau Island. Lantau Island is one of the outlying islands of Hong Kong and it houses the airport, HK Disneyland and the Ngong Ping Cable Car and Tian Tan Buddha.

We took the cable car on its 30 minute ride through the mountains. It was very windy and rainy during our ride and our car was swaying and swinging the majority of the time. It would have been scarier if the view hadn't been so beautiful. 

Our first sight of the Buddha

Climbing the steps up the hill

This is the largest, seated, outdoor Buddha in the world. He was massive

Some statues surrounding the Buddha. It was so cold and windy up there. 

We decided to walk the "Wisdom Path" which took us through the woods, past some run down stores and restaurants

The Wisdom Path

Obligatory jumping picture

These were part of an art installation that consisted of a sacred Buddhist text etched into large pieces of wood. They were really beautiful, but I had no idea what they said. 

I decided to lead us on a "Fun Climb" across some of the wilderness. We walked for about half an hour on the trail when we decided that we should turn around. It ended up being for the best because I had unknowingly led us on a trail that would have taken 2.5 hours to complete. 

The views on our hike were beautiful

Pretty lady, pretty view

Our path

My favorite picture from the day

We took a bus to visit Tai O Fishing Village on the other side of the island. The village is almost completely built on stilts and is still a working fishing village. The village is now over run by tourists, but you could still see how the village used to be before it attracted tourists's cameras. 

We took a boat ride that took us past many of the houses and shops

A bridge linking the two sides of the village

Some locals

The village was nestled at the foot of some mountains

The boat driver took us out into the ocean to look for the elusive HK pink dolphin. We didn't see any dolphins, but we did see some pretty mountain views. 

I really enjoyed Hong Kong. It was not what I expected it to be, but it was still a wonderful weekend with my momma. 

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