Tian Tan Buddha
Today was an very eventful and exhausting day! I took the metro to Lantau Island
where the Tian Tan Buddha rests (currently the world's largest Buddha statue). Resting high up in the hillside in Ngong Ping Village, the journey to Buddha is a fun, exciting, and at times unnerving one. I boarded the cable car and was soon whooshed up over Tung Chung Bay and into the Lantau North County Park. The cable car offered stunning views of the Airport, Buddha Statue, and the Bay, and the ride is something I will always remember. After about 15 min, our cable car arrived at Ngong Ping Village. This village is basically an over commercialized tourist trap, offered more souvenir shops than you can imagine, oh and Starbucks! It is truly everywhere! I wandered up to the Tian Tan Buddha and was overcome by how huge it was.
12968 miles away from the Statue of Liberty
After climbing more stairs than I could ever imagine, I arrived at the top, and enjoyed breathtaking views of Lantau North County. The hills jetted out, covered in greenery, before sinking into the beautiful bay and baby blue Lantau Channel. Beautiful. I climbed all the way up to Buddha's feet before heading back down and onto the Po Lin Monastery. I got a great deal on lunch--$23 (Hong Kong dollars, about $3 US) paid for an exhibit inside the Buddha as well as a lunch of noddles, two dim sum choices, and a drink. And it filled me up! I then went onto the Monastery. It was ornate, beautiful, and so colorful. It is so interesting to see how other religions practice their faith and experience it firsthand; seeing the devote Buddhists bow before the golden statues makes me want to learn more about their religion and why it is the way it is.
Tian Tan Buddha, the world's largest buddha statue
I then headed back down to Ngong Ping Village, stopping to enjoy some Pocky, before boarding the cable car down the the metro. Again, the journey was exhilarating and thankfully, less frightening on the way down. After the 30+ min journey back to Hong Kong, I headed to the Temple Street Night Market where we ate dinner last night, except this time for some shopping. I meandered through the short alleyway between the stalls and bought a few goodies to take home. Once again, pure craziness. The night market is very similar to the Ladies' Market, with basically all the same items for purchase. After that it was back to JT's apartment to relax before late night sushi with his friends where we stuffed ourselves with half-price sushi before calling it a night.