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  • Day123

    Lantau Island - Tian Tan Buddha

    October 5 in Hong Kong

    In the mountains of Lantau Island, the biggest island of Hong Kong we hiked to the Tian Tan Buddha. It is very huge.

    In den Bergen von Lantau Island, der größten Insel von Hong Kong versteckt sich der Tian Ran Buddha. Wir haben ihn mal aus der Nähe betrachtet und er ist wirklich riesig.

  • Day3

    Up to the big Buddha

    August 10 in Hong Kong

    The big Buddha is up so high on a mountain in the clouds. On the way there are 12 statues of generals. We climbed a LOT of steps and it was super hot but we went past all the people resting on the stairs and had an ice cream at the top.

    What a wonderful view from the top! And the Buddha was beautiful. We got to go inside the monument but weren't allowed to take photos in there. People were praying to a special relic: there was a tiny crystal that was found at the place Buddha went into another realm. That's cool.Read more

  • Day2

    Day 2 - He Ain't Heavy

    February 9, 2017 in Hong Kong

    So things I've learnt about the apartment we're staying in. It's somewhere in the vicinity of a late night karaoke establishment. And that this plus the time zone change does not lend itself to the best night's sleep. That being said we still made it out by 9am to get the MTR to Lantau Island and catch the bus to the Big Buddha (via Starbucks. Standard.) It was an interesting up and down through the mountains bus ride on seats ill designed for a 6 foot brick house but we made it in one piece and early enough to beat the big crowds which came later.

    When they say Big Buddha they're not exaggerating - - though I very much enjoy the large list of qualification adjectives to give it the title of 'largest outdoor sitting bronze Buddha'. It's 34 metres tall and sitting on a stone building/altar which is sitting on top of a hill. There were a lot of stairs. 268 stairs a lot. Despite the necessary exercise it's one of my favourite HK tourist spots though and interesting to learn about how it was cast and transported.

    After the much easier downstairs walk we encountered some of the local wildlife include free roaming cows stealing apples and dogs that I thought were dead but were just sun bathing. We walked about the small temples of the Po Lin monastery which housed some beautiful gold buddhas. There was incense being lit everywhere and drums being banged. Very serene and peaceful, even with Matt having a go on the drum.

    Lunch was..... ambiguous. The cafe at the monastery is vegetarian only and as everything else had fungus in the name we went for a 'mixed vegetarian.' I still could not tell you what any of the components were but it was very tasty. One thing was curry flavoured, one sweet and the other again ambiguous.

    We continued exploring the site including the Wisdom Path and an abandoned wreck of a tea garden. I even found a geocache to my great geeky delight. After the excitement of that we caught the bus to Tai O, a fishing village not far away. Man was there a lot of dried fish. And more sleeping dogs (not dried or dead). Plus some cool houses on stilts. I took us on a bit of an adventure wandering through the village with the fake confidence of someone who has no idea where they're going or if they're trespassing but luckily we made it back to the bus stop without being arrested.

    In the evening we grabbed some lunch at a cafe and took the Star Ferry across the harbour and back. Hopefully at some point Matt will learn that it's winter in Hong Kong and chilly in the evenings before Starbucks bankrupts us.
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  • Day133

    Day 133: Exploring Lantau Island

    October 26, 2016 in Hong Kong

    Last full day in Hong Kong today. One of the things that has really surprised us about Hong Kong is that it's far larger than either of us expected. Although you tend to think of Hong Kong in the same breath as Singapore (both small city state island nations in SEA), but Hong Kong is actually 2800 square km in area, while Singapore is only 700 square km. The difference is that most of Hong Kong's population is crammed into Kowloon peninsula and the northern coast of Hong Kong island, but it's still very surprising to find that huge areas of Hong Kong are ruggedly mountainous and very undeveloped.

    So today we decided to explore one of the much less developed islands - Lantau. Another late start for us, leaving the hotel around 11am though not on the shuttle this time. We walked over to Olympic station and grabbed a train out to Tung Chung, end of the line and close to the airport and Disneyland. From here you can get a cable car up to the top of Lantau island where there's a beautiful monastery and a large Buddha statue. This was to be our outing for the day.

    After disembarking the train and sorting out our water and bathroom situations, we walked over to the cable car station only to discover an hour long queue for the ticket office. Sigh. Again we weren't up to paying the double-price for skipping the line, so queue we did. At least we'd brought some supermarket sushi that we intended to eat in the parkland up top of the mountains - it didn't last through the line!

    Finally we bought our tickets, rounded the corner and joined the 30 minute wait to actually get in a cable car! I guess we should have expected something like this as it's the second-most popular attraction in Hong Kong (behind the Peak tram), but it was still a bit disheartening.

    Eventually we boarded and climbed into the mountains where we had a great view, though the weather was a little hazy and overcast. It was nearly 2pm by the time we got to the top, so it had already been a long day to this point! At the top I was a little disappointed - there was a very fake looking Chinese village, essentially a theme park version of what you might expect to find in Chinese mountains. I'm guessing the authentic versions wouldn't hold Subway, 7-11 and fancy souvenir shops though.

    Walked over to the Big Buddha, which although looking very classic and regal was actually only built in the 1970s. It was definitely big, probably 15-20 metres high, and imposing on a hilltop that required 250 steps to reach the pedestal. We had a good look around and I filmed some hyperlapse footage while I'll get around to compiling one of these days.

    Back down the Buddha steps and we went over to nearby Po Lin Monastery, which was actually old and authentic. This was the highlight of the day for me - the buildings were beautifully preserved and maintained, brilliant colours shining in the sun and monks inside chanting away. It was exactly the mental picture I had of a monastery that isn't in the Himalaya or something.

    As the afternoon had mostly gone we decided it was time to head back down. Another 20 minute wait for a cable car and off we went. There are walking trails all over the island (Lantau itself is almost as big as Hong Kong island) - you can even walk up to the Monastery yourself if you felt so inclined. There looked like some great places to discover out here, but they'll have to wait for our next visit to Hong Kong.

    We got back on a train fairly quickly, and hopped out at Olympic around 6pm. On her way back home earlier in the week, Shandos had discovered the local pub street, so we figured we should head there and celebrate the end of a successful week in Hong Kong. One of the bars served local craft brews on tap, so we shared a few pints and a big bag of free peanuts. Then while tipsy we discovered the giant burgers restaurant a few doors down, even though I was hoping to find some char siew (honey glazed) pork. Burgers won out, and they were very good too. Topped off the evening with some Portuguese egg tarts from the bakery opposite the hotel, before crashing out fairly early by this week's standards.
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  • Day3

    Tian Tan Buddha

    September 1, 2017 in Hong Kong

    Wir Frühstücken Dim Sum bei "Tim Ho Wan" und machen uns anschließend mit der Metro auf in Richtung Lantau. Dort fahren wir mit der 5,7 km langen Seilbahn "Ngong Ping 360" gehen durch das Ngong Ping Village und steigen anschließend die 268 Stufen zum "Big Buddha" hinauf. Bevor es mit der Seimbahn wieder hinunter geht besuchten wir noch die nebenan gelegene buddhistische Anlage "Po Lin Monastry"

  • Day3

    Giant Budda trek

    December 21, 2015 in Hong Kong

    It's actually not a trek but emergency exit trail. Super difficult to find as there is no signs on how to get there. As usual good people helped me out.
    It's pretty steep at the beginning . More flat later on but demanding all the way. Not too busy. Good place to enjoy some solitude. It took me about 2h to get to the end. Still 256 steps to see giant Buda itself.

  • Day3

    Zu Besuch beim großen Buddha

    May 28, 2017 in Hong Kong

    Ich finde ja es ist schon immer wieder erstaunlich, wie viele größte Buddha es in Asien gibt. Irgendwie muss man nur die Eigenschaften entsprechend einschränken, und schon kann man mit Fug und Recht behaupten, den größten zu haben. Im Falle des 34 Meter hohen Tian Tan handelte es sich um den weltweit (mittlerweile nur noch zweit-)größten freistehenden Buddha in sitzender Haltung. Na dann, auf geht's.

    Mit der U-Bahn geht es auf die Insel Lantau. Die von der Endstation Tung Chung startende Seilbahn zum Kloster ist leider wegen Renovierung geschlossen, also machen wir uns aus die Suche nach dem regionalen Bus. Gefinkelt wie die Hongkonger sind, haben sie einfach hinter dem Busbahnhof einen Busbahnhof gebaut. Sobald wir dies aber durchschaut haben, ist alles nur noch halb so schwer und flux sitzen wir auch schon im Bus. Nach einer guten halben Stunde Bergstraße erreichen wir das Kloster Po Lin.

    Flankiert wird das beliebte Kloster vom sogenannten Ngong Ping Village, einer Ansammlung kleiner Einkaufsbungalows - das Hongkonger Mariazell sozusagen. Nachdem sich das Wetter von seiner schönsten Sonnenseite zeigt, erstehen wir in diesem "Einkaufsparadies" ein Fläschchen Wasser und besteigen die 268 Stufen zur Plattform des großen Buddhas - bei dem Wetter eine schweißtreibende Angelegenheit. Die Statue ist innen hohl und beheimatet eine Art Museum. Von Oben offenbart sich dann ein recht hübscher Ausblick auf das Umland.

    Anschließend besuchen wir das nebenan liegende Kloster Po Lin. Charmantes Detail am Rande: Ins Kloster bezahlt man keinen Eintritt, dafür aber einen Mindestverzehr im klostereigenen vegetarischen Restaurant. Neben einen Teller Nudeln investierten wir diesen in einen hausgemachten Tofupudding. Was aussieht wie ein Stück Seife entpuppt sich als spannende Köstlichkeit. Mahlzeit.
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