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  • 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

    Big Budda

    December 21, 2015 in Hong Kong

    The statue is sited near Po Lin Monastery and symbolises the harmonious relationship between man and nature, people and faith. It is a major centre of Buddhism in Hong Kong, and is also a popular tourist attraction.

  • 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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  • 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"

  • Day4

    Tag 2 Hongkong - Big Buddha

    October 20, 2016 in Hong Kong

    Heute waren wir bei der größten Bronzestatue der Welt - dem Tiam Tan Buddha auf Lantau Island. Der Buddha ist 34m hoch und die weltweit zweitgrößte freistehende Statue.
    Der Weg dorthin war lang, denn aufgrund des guten Wetters (sonnig und ein bisschen bewölkt bei ca. 31°C) haben wir uns für die Seilbahn entschieden, um auf den Berg zu fahren. Dafür mussten wir allerdings gut zwei Stunden in einer Schlange warten. Die Seilbahn fuhr ca. 25 Minuten und von dieser aus, konnten wir den Buddha schon sehen (Bild). Um direkt zum Buddha zu gelangen, mussten wir aber noch 268 Stufen bewältigen - nicht so einfach bei der Hitze😅
    Neben dem Buddha konnte man noch ein buddhistisches Kloster besichtigen. Danach ging es mit der Seilbahn wieder runter und ab in ein Taxi zum Flughafen.
    Der Weiterflug nach Brisbane war zur richtigen Zeit, da in Hongkong für die Nacht ein weiterer Tayfun angekündigt war.
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  • Day3

    Tian Tan Buddha und Po-Lin-Kloster

    November 2, 2017 in Hong Kong

    Direkt bei der MTR Station Tung Chung startet die Seilbahn nach Ngong Ping Village. Die Fahrt dauert ca. 25min und wer einigermaßen schwindelfrei ist, sollte die Crystal Cabin mit Glasboden nehmen.
    Angekommen gibt es das Po-Lin-Kloster und den Tian Tan Buddha zu sehen. Der Buddha ist mit einer Gesamthöhe von 34m wirklich beeindruckend!

  • Day6

    Big Buddha

    July 15, 2015 in Hong Kong

    Our last day in Hong Kong. It was easier getting up this morning, though it was still the alarm at 8.00am that woke us. We had breakfast again in the lounge, Ed was disappointed with the curry being vegetable!

    We eventually packed our bags - we are going to have to get better at doing this when we are moving around more often in New Zealand, though I guess we will have less time to unpack stuff too. And it's already obvious we are definitely going to have to buy another bag, panda related souvenirs are already starting to fill up the spare space we came with.

    After checking out and booking a car to the airport at 4.30 - managed to convince them a 22 seater would be overkill and an MPV would fit everything in fine - we headed off to the MTR to go on the Cable Car to the Big Buddha.

    The train took about half an hour with one change, then a short walk to the cable car ticket office. We just booked the standard cabin rather than the crystal version with a glass floor. The cable car was much longer than we thought, taking about 25 minutes and changing direction a couple of times during the trip.

    We got off and Ed was very hungry (!) so we went into Subway and had sandwiches and a drink. Then we walked over to the Buddha, where we had to climb 100 or so steps to get up to his base - very tiring in the weather and we were dripping with sweat at the top. Fortunately the area under the Buddha was shady and colder and had some big fans blasting out cool air.

    Going down the stairs was easier and we headed back to the cable car for the return trip with one eye on the clock for our 4.30 car. We were paired (possibly not accidentally) with another western family in the cable car. They turned out to be from New Zealand - Invercargill - and had been holidaying in Japan with a stop off on the way home in Hong Kong. They said Japan was a very nice place to visit and easy to get around with a transport pass - one for another year. They gave us there number in Invercargill (Bob and Di) should we need anything whilst passing by and recommended calling in to the museum to see the Tuatara.

    Off the cable car and a quick drink purchased in a 7/11 then back on the tube, arriving at hotel at just after 4. We changed out of shorts into warmer weather gear for NZ. The car arrived and the luggage all fitted! We got to airport at 5 and checked in and ate in lounge - very tasty.
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