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Ngong Ping

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  • Day9

    Der große Buddha

    February 12, 2019 in Hong Kong ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Zunächst sind wir in Ngong Ping in die Seilbahn gestiegen. Die Schlage dort war mal wieder ziemlich lang aber es war alles sehr organisiert und man wusste immer was als nächstes gemacht werden muss. Da wir nur zu zweit waren, mussten wir nicht bis ganz zum Schluss anstehen, sondern wurden zu einer netten chinesischen Familie gewunken, um den Wagen voll zu bekommen. Nach einen gemeinsamen Foto ging es dann auch los.

    Da das Wetter nicht ganz mitgespielt hat und es dadurch etwas wolkig war, war die Aussicht nicht die besste. Aber das war erstmal egal, man hat auch so genug gesehen. Die Seilbahn hat uns über die Berge zu dem Dorf geführt. Unter uns war ein Wanderweg, auf dem sogar ein paar arme Schweine unterwegs waren. Wandern war ja schon vorher nichts für uns, da waren wir in der Gondel besser aufgehoben. Man konnte sogar die Straße sehen, die von Hongkong nach Macau führt.

    Endlich angekommen sind wird dann erstmal durch das Dorf gelaufen. Für den Tourismus wurde hier viel Geld investiert, da man links und rechts essen, trinken und shoppen konnte. Irgendwann lief man dann auf ein Tor zu und auf dem Rasen davor standen Schilder, man solle die Kühe/Rinder nicht füttern. Ja gut, dachten wir, wo sollen hier denn schon Kühe sein.. jaaa. Keine 20 Meter weiter stand dann schon die erste. Gut, es ist ein buddhistisches Kloster, hätte man sich denken können, dass da Kühe umherlaufen..

    Durch das Tor hindurch lief man dann eine Art Allee entlang. Links und rechts standen Figuren mit den chinesichen Sternzeichen als Krieger mit Waffen dargestellt. Da wir diesmal phne Führung dort waren, haben wir natürlich nicht so viel Input dazu bekommen. Genauso wie das Kloster selbst. Leicht benebelt vom ganzen Rauch der Räucherstäbchen haben wir und hineingewagt. Er war wieder sehr prachtvoll verziert, mit vielen Hakenkreuzen, was einen erst wundert aber volllkommen zu deren Religion gehört. Wir haben uns etwas fehl am Platze gefühlt, da wir nicht so recht wussten wohin und was wir machen sollten also sind wir recht schnell wieder raus.

    Als nächstes kam dann der Buddha mit seinen 400 irgendwas Treppenstufen. Das bei gefühlten 32 °C und einer Luftfeuchtigkeit bei der man allein im Sitzen schon schwitzt war das ein kleiner Kampf. Aber wir haben es geschafft und es hat sich auf jeden Fall gelohnt. Der Ausblick auf das Kloster war ein Foto wert.

    Der Abstieg ging dann etwas leichter aber mit jeder Stufe wurden die Beine schwerer. Nach der Arbeit hatten wir uns das Essen verdient und haben uns dann an eines der Restaurants gewagt. Nach Dumplings, Curry mit Schnitzel, Nudeln und Frühlingsrollen haben wir uns dann auf den Rückweg gemacht.
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  • Day43

    The Big Buddha

    March 19, 2019 in Hong Kong ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Following our visit to the Po Lin Monastery 2 years ago when we couldn't see 10 feet ahead because of the mist we always wanted to return. As today had the best weather forecast we set off on the metro to Tung Chung on Lantau Island where we caught the bus up to the Monastery as the gondolas were shut for maintenance (as they were last time we visited). The monastery lies 1700 feet above sea level and the bronze Buddha is a very impressive 112 feet high - one of the largest seated Buddha images in the world. The main temple is impressive too not only with the gold Buddhas statues but with all the decoration inside and outside. From here we walked back down the 4 miles to Tung Chung. It was a steep path all the way down on the edge of a woods with good views out towards the airport. An added bonus were the caches we collected on the way down. Back on the metro to our hotel feeling a little tired.Read more

  • Day2

    Long day on Lantau

    November 25, 2018 in Hong Kong ⋅ 🌧 15 °C

    We arrived at 4.10am and caught the first train to the city at 5.50am. After a quick train change at Central we arrived at our hotel at 7am. Unsurprisingly our rooms won't be ready for a number of hours, so we decided to tackle our longest planned day - a trip to Lantau Island (back where the airport is!).

    To get back to Lantau we caught a bus to the ferry terminal, then ferry to Mui Wo on the east coast of the island. After a walk around town, a failed attempt for a cache, and a bakery visit, we had a winding, mountainous bus trip across the island to Tai O, a traditional Chinese stilted fishing village on the west coast... and all before 10.30am!

    Tai O, on the Pearl River delta, is also home to the rare pink dolphin, so we went for a boat trip through the village and toward the new Hong Kong-Macau bridge in search of some. We spotted one, which considering there are less than 50 left in the wild, is pretty good.

    It started to drizzle as we walked through the market, sampling some cuttlefish balls on the way, so we caught the next bus to Ngong Ping, home of the Big Buddha. It was raining properly by now, so we decided against climbing the 250 steps to the top and headed for Ngong Ping 360, a 5.7km cable car ride with views across the South China Sea, national park and airport. We knew it was all out there sonewehere, but the cloud was so low we had times we couldn't even see the carriage ahead of us!

    We caught the train back to the hotel, KT had a snooze and Oliver, DC and I went out in search of food. We settled on the accurately named Queen Street Cooked Food Market for some delicious noodle and rice dishes, then a quick trip to the supermarket for supplies.

    KT and Chris frequented the same food hall and got the full theatre of washing your own crockery before you eat, and complimentary tea service, then we all went to the coffee shop downstairs to discuss the next day's agenda over hot chocolates ☺
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  • Day3

    Am Fuße des großen Buddhas

    February 2, 2019 in Hong Kong ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Wie klein der Mensch doch ist..... Erstaunlich viele Gläubige mischen sich unter die zahlreichen Touristen. Woran man sie erkennt? Am andächtigen Beten und am Niederknien... Egal wie nass oder dreckig der Boden grad ist.

    Nicht zu verachten sind auch die tollen Wanderwege hier oben. Wäre ich nicht so müde, hätte ich sicher 2-3h dort verbringen können.

    Den Abschluß machte die Goldeltalfahrt... Mit einer mega tollen Aussicht.
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  • Jan1

    Big Buddah

    January 1 in Hong Kong ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

    Heute am Neujahrstag ist eine bewilligte Demonstration auf Hong Kong Island angesagt – erwartete Menschen(menge) rund 1‘000‘000. Das sind ziemlich viele Nullen. Deshalb haben wir unseren Inselausflug auf Lantau bereits vorher auf diesen Tag gesetzt. Mit der U-Bahn fahren wir bis zur Endstation, welche in Flughafennähe ist. Hier kann man auch gleich umsteigen auf die Seilbahn. 6er Kabinen bringen einem in rund 20 Minuten auf das erhöhte Inselinnern. Wer es mag und noch etwas mehr bezahlen möchte, kann das Ganze in einer Gondel mit Glasboden machen. Sicher zu Beginn spektakulär, bei der etwas monotonen Landschaft aber auf Dauer dann doch nicht mehr so spannend. Wäre sicher eine tolle Sache in unseren Bergen mit Schluchten und so.

    Der Blick zurück verleiht einen Ausblick auf den Flughafen – irgendwie hat das noch was, die Flieger reihen sich auf und einer nach dem anderen zieht los in die weite Welt hinaus. Da sind wir ja eigentlich auch von unsere Heimat aus gesehen. In einem Land, das grosse Buddahs liebt, sowieso alles etwas grösser ist. Der Buddah, den wir nun von weitem bereits sehen können, wirkt auf seinem erhöhten Plateau auch von fern schon gewaltig. Dabei ist es „nur“ der 5. grösste von China. Tian tan Buddha heisst er und ist 34 Meter hoch, schaut nach Norden – dort ist China.

    Dass er Pilger aus ganz Asien anzieht, spüren wir, als wir die Gondel verlassen. Pilger und Touristen vermischen sich hier. Ein Souvenierdorf darf natürlich auch nicht fehlen, welches man auf dem Weg zum Buddah durchquert. Allerdings sehr touristisch, so dass eine wenig authentische Stimmung aufkommt. Bis zum Fusse des Buddahs sind es dann doch 268 Stufen, von unten hinauf schauend, fragen wir uns kurz:” wollen wir uns das antun?” Bei so vielen Touristen dauert es noch etwas länger, da jeder ein Selfi mit sich und dem Buddah bereits auf der Treppen möchte – also nichts mit rechts stehen, links gehen. Nein, eher zwei Schritte vor und einer zurück. Buddah kommt immer näher und wirkt immer wie grösser, natürlich ist dies auch der Effekt von unten nach oben schauen, aber die Skulptur ist schon gewaltig und eindrücklich.

    Wir gehen einmal rundum, denn die Aussicht ist hier oben 360. Dann haben wir aber auch schon genug gesehen, denn wir wollen noch weiter mit dem Bus in ein Fischerdorf.
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  • Day123

    Lantau Island - Tian Tan Buddha

    October 5, 2018 in Hong Kong ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    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, 2018 in Hong Kong ⋅ 🌧 26 °C

    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 ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

    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 ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    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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