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Got up fairly early, had showers, then headed out. Bought some breakfast at a bakery in the station, then caught the KCR East Line to Sha Tin. There we walked the short distance to the base of the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery. From there it was a steep 400 steps to get to the Monastery, passing many many Buddhas (there are 12,800 in total!) on the way. I kept giving them names in my head - there was Jesus Buddha, the Mary Buddha, hairy and hairless Buddhas, fat and skinny Buddhas, Buddhas that inspired beatific thoughts and those that simply made you laugh! I guess the message is that Buddha comes in many guises :) At the top was a huge pagoda you could climb that gave you a great view over Sha Tin. After taking the 400 steps back down again my knees were really suffering.
Those MTR trains are ridiculously long!
We then took a very long walk, led by a kind HK journalist who showed us the way, to the Hong Kong Heritage Museum. Entry was HK$10. There were many fascinating exhibits, including 'The Majestic Shape: The Story of Cantonese Opera Theatre', 'Jewellery for Life', 'The T.T.Tsui Gallery of Chinese Art', 'The Perserverant Spirit: The Art of Lee Yue-Hong', and 'The Children's Paradise: The Art of Lo Koon Chui'. We stayed at the Museum for an hour then caught the MTR to the Star Ferry Terminal, where we caught the ferry across to Wan Chai. We had lunch at a restaurant called Charlie's Place. It was really yummy. Next we caught a double decker tram to where we started the Sheung Wan walking tour as described in Lonely Planet. It was pretty average; the only part I enjoyed was the Cat St market where I found out that this year was an unlucky one for me (an Ox) and that having a rat charm and a protective calabash would help me.
Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery, Sha Tin
Of course I bought them both for HK$10 each :). After the walking tour we caught the MTR to Admiralty and walked to the base of the Peak Tram. A return ticket was HK$33. Unfortunately the visibility wasn't good at all so it was hard to take nice pictures. Dad had dinner at Bubba Gump's Shrimp Co., but of course I didn't eat anything. I then rushed off to get to Avenue of the Stars by 8pm to see the light show. Dad wanted to check out the escalator at Central
first (!) but there's no way I was going to miss the light show for that! I took two Israeli girls along with me as they weren't sure of the way. We made it there with 15min to spare and we managed to find Dad. The light show was pretty spectacular but I just kept thinking I bet there's better ways this money can be spent! Afterwards headed to Banto Indian Vegetarian Restaurant where for HK$94 I had malai kofta, white rice and aloo paratha. It was quite yummy and filling but rather spicy! Dad had a haircut (total shave...) and then we returned to the guesthouse. Asleep 11:45pm.