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Saturday, February 17, 2007

Ah, the cheeky Buddah. This big fella sits atop the mountain at

Ngong Ping on Lantau Island to the south west of Hong Kong city. We

headed out on a somewhat hazy day armed with our guide book and camera

to see the Big Buddah on the hill. Now the reason I mention the state

of the weather is because it influenced our decision on how to get up

to the  top of the mountain. On a clear day, with cash in our

pockets we probably would have hopped on the tourist friendly 'Ngong

Ping 360', a cable car that whisks you comfortably to the top whilst

providing you with scenic views across the island. But it wasn't clear,

and we were conscious of the cost of such a trip, so we decided to take

the bus. Hmmm. Not the best idea we've ever had. probably should have

the map first. the bus ride was remeniscent of the italian job round
hair pin bends, inclines that made your ears pop and took about 3 hours
longer than the gondola.

we arrived at the top to be greeted by the big buddha sitting on his
lotus flower plinth (representing purity) at the peak of about a
kerbillion steps. so we headed into the swirling mists shrouding the
big bronze buddha and his harem of buddahvistas offering various tokens
to the gods. it was a shame the mist was so thick as it meant we missed
out on all the mountainous views from the peak. we then walked over to
the monastery/temple where incense was burning and monks were chanting.
being a bit of a temple tart (i say that and speak for the pair of us)
the chinese really know how to decorate and ornate a temple, such
vibrant colours and gold a plenty. having got enough temple action we
wandered into a small garden area/dump yard for a spot of lunch (for
details of "lunch" please see "noodles")(Hey, I enjoyed the noodles!
C). it's all very peaceful in these areas of worship despite bus loads
of tourists arriving every 20 minutes. deciding if you cant beat them
join them we became a bus tourist back to Tung Chung.

As we were on HK island we figured we would take a ride on the
escalator, which was designed with commuters in mind to take them up
from the harbour level, past soho  to the upper station. having seen
the gradient of this  route it was clear to see why they created this
outdoor escalator. as nightfell we were able to see some of the markets
some alive from above and hunted more noodles where once again we were
the only people of non-oriental origin but we got what we ordered so we
are doing pretty well. a gentle stroll back through the hot oppressive,
neon illuminated streets, packed with locals all wearing "genuine"
designer clothes from the local markets, Louise Vitton bags, Tony
Hilfigger tops and Calvin Klone trousers. ahh and finally to bed to
rest our oh so weary feet.
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lucy6 on

Beaten by Buddha
At least you guys made it up to see the big fella. We got all the way to the Buddha bus stop before realising it was a six hour round trip and we only had two hours to spare. We had to abandon the swirling mists and karma of noodle-land and hot foot it back to the station to catch our train to Shangers. I obviously need you around with your military organisation skills (and great sense of direction) x

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