View from our hostel in the morning.Should have known that it is going to rain.
We took the first bus down from our hostel to Sun Tak shopping centre. It was the first time we realised that there are soo many things to see around our hostel (it was dark when we arrived the previous day). There are some abandoned military shelters, those similar to greenhouse in NPCC campsite, but smaller. What I read was that our hostel was once a military building. Anyway, we reached fairly quickly. It was about 15 minutes from our hostel to Sun Tak, so it is not too bad. We took MTR to Tai Po, and it was a long journey. We spend about 1 hour on the train, just to get from Shueng Wan MTR to Tai Po MTR, and then we took a taxi to Lam Tseun. It started to rain very heavily by the time we reached the wishing tree, and thats why we forgot to take photos. Arghh.
The long ride to Tai Po
. to think we spend soo much time travelling to that place. The aunty took us to pray and then because we do not understand cantonese, we roughly guessed what she was trying to tell us. There are 2 wishing trees, planted near the Qing dynasty. The bigger one, and a smaller one. One is for general blessing, and the smaller one is more for romance. In the HK dramas, they usually show ppl writing their wishes on pieces of paper tied to oranges and then throw them up the tree branches. If it is caught on the tree, then the wish will come true. Somehow, due to the popularity of this tradition, many tourists came and the traiditon of throwing the wishes up the branches stopped because it will affect the health of the tree. So the authority draw up a boundary and prohibit ppl to throw theior wishes up.
Into the unknown
Instead ppl can just hang their wishes on wishing board placed near the trees. Of course, it is not just a matter of throwing your wish. We had to buy the wishing paper and joss sticks. As it was raining very heavily, and we dont really understand what the aunty was trying to tell us. We very quickly put our wishes on the board and took a taxi to Lantau
We thought that the taxi uncle can drive us to Lantau but because he has to use the tunnel, and his taxi is of a different colour, he refuses to send us over. He stopped us at a busstop to take a bus to Tsing Yi MTR and then down to tung chung MTR. It was raining very very heavy, ARGHH...anyway...we managed to reach Tung Chung MTR and we were quite surprised that the rain stopped.
Half way up the stairs
It was lucky for me because firstly, I do not want the cable ride to Ngong ping to be suspended, and secondly, I do not want to miss the sceneries during the ride due to the suspension of cable car.
We went on sunday afternoon, but somehow, there arent alot of ppl. So We managed to share the cable car with some other ppl, not alot. It was a very smooth ride up. 25 minutes to Ngong Ping. Hmm....I dont know why, but it was quite scary for me at first. but the sceneries are superb. We saw airport, and hiking trails on Lantau, and wondered how long the hikers will take to reach the top. The scariest part came when we were soo high at the areas where mists starts to gather at the mountain.
Scary it is for me, because I cannot see where I am going. but it is also very peaceful. We cannot see whats in front or behind or the surrounding, but can only hear cable cars moving past us. the wind shook the car soo badly that I thought they are going to stop the system. But luckily, I survived the journey. It was also very cold when the car was in the misty area. But when we reached the station, though it is still misty, it is not as cold. Probably it is the wind.
We saw Ngong Ping being featured in one of the latest HK show, so we were quite excited about it. Also we wanted to see the Tian Tan buddha. It is the largest sitting buddha statua, so I must take a look at it. We wandered with the crowd to the bottom of a flight of stairs. As it is still soo misty, we couldnt see the Buddha statue.
We climbed the stairs and then halfway we saw the buddha statue sitting serenely on top, beckoning us to endure and just finish the last of the 200+ steps. When we finally reached it was well worth the climb. We went in to the exhibition and saw a tablet of Anita Mui. Not sure if it is her who was resting there, but the serenity of the place made me thought of the plight what other ppl in other parts of the world are in. Somehow, at that place, the state of mind turns solemn and peaceful.
We made our way down, and thought if there will be time for us to lunch at Tai O, which was our initial plan. But since we have yet to locate the wisdom path, we just stop thinking about lunch and went to the Wisdom path. It was a long trek there, abit like the track in Ubin, with dogs jogging beside you, spider webs which looked like diamond necklace after the rain and just lots of greens.
The whole view
Finally we reached the wisdom path which was a series of wooden plank, arranged in an infinity symbol and the Heart Sutra insribed on them. The Heart sutra is the only sutra I know, and can recite by heart, and it is the only one simple enough for me to understand but yet till now I have not yet completely comprehend. At first I though that the wisdom path was erected hundreds of years ago by monks/ nuns who lived in the po lin monastry nearby. But realised later that it was a new attraction. Nevertheless, the magnificence of it does not belittle the profound meaning the whole wisdom path seeks to provide.
As it was late afternoon, we opted to forgo Tai O and had lunch at nearby Tea Garden, ordered some veg dishes and noodles and simply did people watching. The restaurant owner brough out a pan, the kind of pan which ppl can rubbed the handles and create waves and sounds.
So we watched how ppl are amazed by their own "powers". A short walk back to Ngong Ping 360, a long q for the cable car ride and then we reached Tung Chung again. Lantau is an amazing isalnd and I like the greens and peaefulness it offers, very much like Ubin, but hmm...different. Cant describe how different, but maybe I should say, Lantau is special.
Reached Tung chung and spend some time shopping at the factory outlets there. There are adidas and alot of other sport shops outlets which offers items at very attractive discounted price. Discounted price but still expensive for me...ahah....anyway, we went stopped at Prince Edward MTR, lingered around Fa Yuen street,, and walked and walked down Nathan road and passed by a lot of streets. We had a lot of fun bargaining with the stall owners at Ladies street.
hmmm....not really real products, but bargaining is fun...and some of the stall holders can be fun also....It is also a good place to buy cheap sourveneirs etc...
We finished our shopping and went bank to our hostel. Surprisingly, though we had to sleep with moths and flying insects, both my sis and I agreed that we slept better at our hostel then at home...hahaha...perhaps we are just too tired with our daytrip.....