Ngong Ping Cable Car
Left Yiu Fai at about 9am after checking out and leaving our bags with Raymond. Our first stop was Tung Chung MTR station where we caught the 5-7km cable car to Ngong Ping
(HK$107 return). It was a great trip with wonderful views over Lantau and over the airport. The trip lasted 25min and when we got off we walked to the Tian Tan Buddha; the largest outdoor bronze Buddha in the world. It certainly was impressive. The face was so serene, graceful and impassive. Dad bought me a meal ticket for HK$23 which entitled us to go up to the top level of the Buddha and also got you some food at the nearby Monastery. The top level wasn't very interesting as it was all in Chinese characters that we couldn't understand, but the food we got back down the stairs at the Po Lin Monastery made it worthwhile.
Ngong Ping Cable Car looking over the international airport
We each got 2 spring rolls, a plate of vegetarian noodles, and a tea/coffee or bottle of water. We took a look around the Monastery then I left to go back to the city on the cable car while Dad went to Tai Po, a fishing village further south on Lantau. It took me quite a while to get back, so I only had an hour before I had to meet Dad again and catch the bus to the airport. I decided to visit the Hong Kong Museum of Art as it was very nearby. Entry was HK$10. Thankfully a few of the exhibits were closed otherwise I would never have had time to see it all! As it was I sped past only pausing to read the cards of the most beautiful items. After 45min I left and headed back to Yiu Fai. Dad was 25min late which was very annoying but we made it to the airport in good time anyway so that was fine.
Ngong Ping Cable Car looking over Tung Chung
We agreed to meet at the gate at boarding time as we both wanted to check out different stuff in duty free. I spent the last of my HK$ on a matching grey card holder and purse, dinner, and a nice pen. Dinner on board was black pepper chicken, steamed jasmine rice and stir-fried broccoli with ginger, and marble cheesecake. I watched four movies on board: 'The Secret Life of Bees' (very good but very sad, I wept most the way through!), 'Wild Child' (pretty crap teenage flick), 'Eagle Eye' (excellent action/drama) and 'Burn After Reading' (average arthouse flick). I had intended on getting some sleep but that just didn't happen! We had breakfast just before we landed, pretty standard, then went through passport control's new automated system without a hitch. Baggage claim took a ridiculous 45min then finally we were through customs easily and out into Melbourne.