Giant Buddhas (& Cows) & Rats

Trip Start Oct 19, 2011
Trip End Nov 12, 2011

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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Toby figured out a place to see was the Giant Buddha on Ngong Ping plateau on Lantau Island and determined out how to get there.
Took MTR to Tung Chung Station then over to the Cable Car Terminal for tickets for a 30 minute ride to the Ngong Ping Terminal. Another huge line up. We splurged on a glass bottom cable car and were pulled from the long line into a short VIP line. Yup, money talks. The no-lineup more-VIP line was the one where you paid for a full glass 360 view cable car.

Shared car with a family with a little toddler.  He was funny to watch on the floor of the car since it was glass.

The views from the cable car were beautiful. Traveled over the deep blue sea water then the lush green mountain plateau. The greenery below looked like brocolli. There were people taking the hiking trail below us to get to the top. On such a hot day? No, thanks.

Very commercial. Culturally themed village. Shopping. Weird cat-animal-like mascots and soap bubbles blown into the air. Soap bubbles? Okay.

Took in a multimedia presentation called Walking With Buddha about a man who became Buddha and his path to enlightenment.

Walked through this village  taking photos of the 12 statues of generals representing the 12 signs of the Chinese calendar and on to Po Lin Monastery where the Giant Buddha sits. Along the way we took photos of me beside the Dragon statue and Toby beside the Rat statue (our years).

Note: Toby - Year of the Rat. While preparing the photo book (this blog still being a long work-in-progress ditched in favor of getting that done first - easier), I labelled a photo and the calendar by year lookup told me he was Ox/Cow. That didn't sound right but I couldn't ask him as the photo book was a surprise. Well, his b-date is early in the year and he actually is Rat, not Ox. But imagine how it would've looked had I crossed out Ox in the book and wrote Rat on the photo ;)

The Giant Buddha. Looking up, it was going to be a lot of steps... again. Eeek. memories of the Great Wall climb. Toby counted. Not over 800 and not uneven. But lots still. Our tickets included a treat aka ice cream, probably for making it up the stairs. That was our rest break. We wandered around the museum area at the top, no pictures allowed. Touched the Giant Buddha for luck. Tradition. Remember the superstitious stuff? Hey, what the heck. Worth a try.

The humidity had been making my hair do crazy things so Toby suggested some pampering if I was up to it. Hmm...

That evening, heading back towards Wan Chai area, found a salon to trim and hopefully moisturize my hair. It was De Elegant Salon on the 2nd floor of a building off the busy streetcar route. Toby sat patiently and people watched while I was processed. Interesting. One owner spoke English and fetched things while her partner did the work. I don't think he ever actually spoke to me.

It was nice for both of us to just sit for a while.  We've actually been out walking a lot more these days than realized.

And my hair didn't end up green.
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