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    • Day92

      Lantau Island, Big Buddha & Nachtmarkt

      September 28, 2019 in Hong Kong ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

      An unserem letzten Tag in Hongkong mussten wir uns noch eine Sehenswürdigkeit anschauen, die quasi zum Pflichtprogramm gehört - den Big Buddha auf Lantau Island. Da der Buddha hoch auf einem Berg steht, ging es mal wieder mit der Gondelbahn nach oben (Ngong Ping 360). Die Luft war leider wie die letzten Tage sehr diesig und so war die Aussicht ebenfalls getrübt.
      Der Buddha gehört zu einem buddhistischen Kloster, das gleich nebenan liegt und ist eine bedeutende Pilgerstätte in der Umgebung.
      Den Abend verbrachten wir auf dem Ladies Markt und Nachtmarkt, wo hauptsächlich Souvenirs, gefälschte Ware und noch mehr unbrauchbaren Kram verkauft wird. Der Markt ging in eine dubiose Wahrsagerstrasse und eine noch kuriosere Karaokemeile über - zum Abschluss nochmal China/Hongkong skurril (siehe Video)! 😅
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      Traveler

      Eine von den beindrückesten Monumenten, dass ich in meinem Leben gesehen habe. Passt auf euch in Quito auf. LG aus der Türkei :)

      10/8/19Reply
       
    • 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.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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      Traveler

      Appears your rain is heading to Adelaide right now! Lawn mowing today b4 it arrives.

      11/25/18Reply
      sam and bruce

      Nice to see your great pics. So many interesting places to explore! Hope the weather clears for you.

      11/26/18Reply
       
    • 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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    • Day11

      Hong Kong on route..

      September 15, 2017 in Hong Kong ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

      Well,we are part way there. We got to Heathrow early and spent the time in the No 1 lounge - comfy chair, proseco and food (paid for with a token). Our Cathay Pacific flight left at 8 pm Thursday flown by Captain Jed Wood - no duets with the co-pilot though! Free Champagne offered once in the air - I'm enjoying this flying lark!! New Pirates of the Caribbean film is not bad and Their Finest was great. We are now at Hong Kong Airport for 6 hrs - again we booked a lounge and I am writing at 18.08 pm Friday evening. It is around 32C a little warmer than Hayes maybe?! Sarah's Misfit was really surprised when we arrived -"Great Scott! You travelled forwards in time by 7.0 hrs". We will be heading off to Brisbane on the next leg, again with Cathay around 21.20 pm with a touch down at Cairns. My time clock is completely haywire - might get some sleep on this leg, maybe?!Read more

      Started well then with the liquid offerings. How have you found the seating in the plane? Is it up to expectation. Hope the rest of the journey is OK.

      9/15/17Reply

      Love from Mum,Nanny.

      9/15/17Reply
       
    • 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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      What is that oblong between the buddha's legs? You can guess who has written this...

      2/17/17Reply
      Eddie Coxon

      Looks just like me !

      2/18/17Reply
       
    • 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.
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      Christine D'couto

      Biggest Buddha I have ever seen

      8/11/18Reply
      Traveler

      Yes it felt very special

      8/11/18Reply
      Christine D'couto

      Did you feel calmness and peace in the building?

      8/11/18Reply
      Zoe Hamilton

      Look at the clouds!

      8/11/18Reply
       
    • Day62

      Stanley Market

      September 1, 2018 in Hong Kong ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

      Rain again this morning, sometimes very heavy but I set off for Stanley Market, couldn’t see much from the bus window as the rain and humidity made it steamy, oh well I was able to catch glimpses of Repulse Bay etc. Stanley Market doesn’t really change but I enjoyed wandering around. Had to buy an umbrella because of the rain, it was so heavy at times the drains just couldn’t cope, fun, NOT. Managed to walk along the waterfront to Stanley Plaza, much more pleasant out of the rain. Had a kamikaze bus driver on the way back to Central, he should be on a race track!! Did buy a couple of tops, nothing special. Now back at hotel for Happy Hour. Depending on weather, I might go into town later!!! I do love Hong Kong and it’s craziness.Read more

      Traveler

      Must catch up with you and your adventures when you get home. Enjoy the warmth!

      9/1/18Reply
       
    • Day5

      Lantau island

      March 10, 2009 in Hong Kong ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      The plan for today was to visit Lantau island to see the giant Buddha and Ngong Ping village and then go to the Mongkok markets at night.

      First stop Prince Edward station, this time we caught the train in the opposite direction, going away from HK city, few more stops and we changed train at Lai King station for the Tung Chung lane.

      After crossing the impressive Tsim Ma bridge (from the train we could see the motorway going on the upper deck) we arrived at Sunny bay station were lots of people left to go to Disneyland. A few more minutes and we arrived to the end of the lane Tung Chung. The station is actually located in a big complex with a big shopping centre, hotels and other services.

      No far from there we got to the Cable Car terminal where we got our ticket and were ready to board the units. The trip up the hill is really nice, great views of the ocean, the airport and the green slopes of Lantau island. Near the end of the journey we started to see the shape of the Bid Buddha.

      The cable car finishes at Ngong Ping village, time for some photos and then on our way to the big Buddha (we didn't stop to see the shows in the village). More and more people was gathering around.

      The stairs leading to the Buddha are said to have 240 steps, I lost count half way, not only because I was tired but also the scenery around was distracting all the time. The Buddha is huge and from the tops the views back to the village and Po Lin monastery are splendid.

      Going down the stairs was easier obviously so with enough energies we kept going to Po-Lin monastery where we saw some Monks with their traditional clothing. The Hall of Buddha offers impressive displays of Chinese architecture including the colorful decoration inside.

      We had the option to have lunch here but decided to go back to the Ngong Ping village to eat there, not a bad call the food in one of the restaurants was superb.

      We took the cable car back to Tung Chung so we had time to explore the Citygate outlets and enjoy a free function at the local supermarket. No disrespect at all it was just interesting to see how fresh fish, prawns and crab are sold. They are basically alive in fish tanks and are killed in front of you so you can take it home. I can see this place accused of animal cruelty back in Australia.

      Anyway we then went back to the hotel and then explored Tung Choi st and the famous ladies market. Well we started at the Gold Fish market were all sort of fishes, especially gold fish and other marine creatures such as turtles are sold (apparently we didn't need a license to buy a turtle here) A few blocks from here we arrived at the ladies market, a paradise for my wife, unlike Causeway bay this one is a street market so there are no big department stores but street vendors offering all sort of bargains to the mass of tourist that come here every night.

      Back at the hotel, it was time to start packing up.
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    • Day3

      Giant Budda trek

      December 21, 2015 in Hong Kong ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      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.Read more

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