Day Trip to the Giant Buddha on Lantau Island and many other places
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This was my first trip where I toured by myself. Everyone I met from various countries (UK, Spain, and Australia etc.) were very welcoming; as a group I traveled together never feeling alone as I thought I would feel. Tourists would say how courageous I was to be touring alone, 'little did they know how I really felt inside'! This trip to Lantau Island was an eye opener for me (especially the fishing village and the story of Buddha) as I learnt some religion and how some people live on this side of HK. The experience of traveling alone and being dependent on myself and other travelers has given me an unknown strength to travel alone, though I know Dan, my love, would love to experience this and join me next time!
I met 2 women at the beginning of the tour.
I stayed with them throughout the trip to Lantau Island and all the stops along the way. The mother kept looking for me, making sure I was on the bus, later bought me ice-cream ... I guess you could say I was mothered; it did feel nice in a sense. Traveling alone with others on a guided tour to Lantau Island was an awesome experience that I'd do all over again!
Throughout Lantau Island, there is so much beautiful scenery and famous historical sites that are truly fascinating.
- Cheung Sha Beach Upper Cheung Sha Beach, the longest beach in Hong Kong, offers tremendous views over the South China Sea and it's about 2km from east to west. My visit here was quick only had time to touch the water and a tourist I met from Spain bought me an ice-cream cone. A quick stop but I did make it there, the tour group was now onto the Tai O Fishing Village!
- Tai O Fishing Village is a peaceful fishing harbour.
- The Giant Buddha is one of the five large Buddha statues in China; this Buddha statue sits on a lotus throne on top of a three-platform altar. It is surrounded by eight smaller bronze statues representing gods or immortals. I was told that the Buddha is 34 meters high, weighs 250 tonnes, and was the world's tallest outdoor bronze seated Buddha until 2007. It can be seen as far away as Macau though I wasn't able to spot it when I was on the Island of Macau! You can climb 268 steps in order to reach the Buddha, though our tour bus brought us to the top and then to the bottom because of time.
The whole trip was worth the $90 CAD ... lunch was included
p.s. the story of Buddha, told here, was very emotional for me