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Steph on the worlds longest outdoor covered escalator. Not really as exciting as it sounds!!!

So if you're wondering about the jump from the 15th to the 16th it's because we crossed the date line in flight and have essentially lost a day of our lives!!!

Despite the jet lag, which is severe, we had a very full day. We were awake at 5am and rather than waste time trying to sleep we figured we'd get on with it. We got ourselves together and headed off on the MTR (Mass Transit Railway) into Central on Hong Kong Island. Once there we went to see the worlds longest outdoor escalator. Unfortunately for us it goes in a downward direction until 10am so we walked all the way up the steps next to it and rode it back down!! On the way down we saw signs for the Man Mo temple and decided to pay it a visit. It is a working temple and it was really cool to see people observing their beliefs, praying and lighting incense.

Man Mo Temple

We saw a place called Pacific Coffee almost opposite and decided to indulge our habit with a fix of caffeine. Best thing, they have free internet if you buy a coffee which we took advantage of for over an hour. Coffee paid for I think!!

We then had to sort out some of our onward travel arrangements which we did through Prince travel in the Wing On building. They were excellant and we totally recommend them for those looking for a HK travel agent.

We next headed off to the Star Ferry Terminal and took a trip across the harbour to Tsim Sha Tsui, walked around a bit admiring the skyline then jumped back on the MTR and headed off to see the Big Buddha at Po Lin monastery.

Steph in front of HK skyline from Tsim Sha Tsui promendade
It took about half an hour to get to Tung Cheong where you can connect to a number 23 bus or a cable car which was our intention. Unfortunately the cable car is currently out of service so, bus it was. The bus 23 queue was huge and there was a group of very elderly tourists all wearing the same little yellow hats causing chaos in the queue. They provided quite a bit of amusement and entertainment as they hustled and jostled, pushing their way through the queue. For people averaging about four foot tall they were fierce. The bus ride was a white knuckle affair surely better than any rollercoaster, up and down the hills at break neck speed. Definately not for those with motion sickness. In fact we saw one woman throwing up as she got off. Nice! The scenery on the way was more than spectacular.
We like Po Lin
The vegetation is lush and dense (imagine looking close up at a tray of brocolli in Tesco's and that's about it).

The Buddha itself was awesome. We hadn't eaten so our first port of call was the monastery restaurant which serves only vegetarian food. Go monks! We opted for a HKD$60 meal ticket which was more than enough food and include the entrance up the Buddha. The food was excellant and afterwards our bellies were doing a fair impression of the Buddha. Then we toured around the monastery and like Man Mo there were people lighting incense and praying. It was so serene, peaceful and beautiful inside the monastery. The decor was bright colours, gold plate, intricate carvings and beautiful paper lanterns, I doubt the photos do it justice but take a look. To be totally honest it felt a little intrusive  but we tried to be as sensitive as we could.

The Big Buddha
If only the same could be said for some of the other visitors. Next we climbed up the steps to the Buddha to work off some of the lunch. It was hard work in the heat but totally worth it. The sun made it difficult to get decent photos but trust us it was majestic. Another even more roller coaster ride back down and that was that.

A quick shower at the hotel and back out but that's when the jet lag really hit. We went to the Symphony of Lights which you see from the promenade at TST across the harbour set to music. After that more walking as we headed through Kowloon park to Temple Street night market. We found a Nepalese restaurant for dinner then I (Adam) in particular was in serious jet lag trouble. We got suckered into a palm reading on the way back which was funny, according to the old dude, Steph apparantly is going to have no trouble finding a new boyfriend once I snuff it!! Hey fella I'm sitting right here!!! We stumbled back to our hotel then essentially passed out.

angusyeung says:
Just to let you know that the Ngong Ping 360 cable car will reopen at 10am on December 31.
Posted on: Dec 28, 2007
lisbog says:
It's a real thrill to follow your adventure in this manner. Babcia is really excited about seeing your travel blog this coming weekend. Happy journeying!
Love and kisses.

Posted on: Nov 22, 2007
Virginiagoodings says:
Hi darlings:
So delighted to hear all about your progress! It sounds wonderful and exciting for you. It also sounds as though the prices are amazing and the veggie food is more than adequate and easy to find.
Bravo and lots of love,
Mum/Virginia xxoo
Posted on: Nov 19, 2007
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Man Mo Temple
Man Mo Temple
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Steph in front of HK skyline from…
We like Po Lin
We like Po Lin
The Big Buddha
The Big Buddha
Steph by very tall IFC building
Steph by very tall IFC building
Steph outside Man Mo Temple
Steph outside Man Mo Temple
Inside Man Mo
Inside Man Mo
Inside Man Mo
Inside Man Mo
Us on Star Ferry
Us on Star Ferry
Star Ferry
Star Ferry
Carving on temple at Po Lin monast…
Carving on temple at Po Lin monas…
Po Lin monastery
Po Lin monastery
The amazing monastery vegetarian r…
The amazing monastery vegetarian …
Po Lin
Po Lin
Incense burner at Po Lin monastery
Incense burner at Po Lin monastery
Po Lin
Po Lin
Steps up to Big Buddha
Steps up to Big Buddha
Big Buddha in silhouette
Big Buddha in silhouette
A statue and a big buddha lookalike
A statue and a big buddha lookalike
Statue at the base of big Buddha
Statue at the base of big Buddha
Statue at base of Big Buddha
Statue at base of Big Buddha
Big Buddha
Big Buddha
HK cityscape at night
HK cityscape at night
HK at night
HK at night
Laser show
Laser show