Wednesday, 25 March 2009
FuFu World Tour - Lantau Island, Hongkong
27 - 30th June 2007
*各位同學們, 你們要注意, 這是發生于零七年的遊記哦*
Continue from the previous FuFu World Tour - Macao & Hongkong
Good morning, Mongkok (view from Dragon Hostel).
They gave me this room because no more single bed room - lucky.
The attached bathroom has everything - only HK$180/night.
No trip to Hongkong would be complete without a visit to the world's tallest, outdoor seated bronze Giant Buddha (天壇大佛) which sits serenely atop Ngong Ping (昂坪) plateau amid the spectacular mountain scenery. So the next morning, after few hours of sleep, i met up German at Tung Chung (東涌) MRT station. After breakfast, we started off our journey to Po Lin Monastery (寶蓮禪寺), then the Giant Buddha, Wisdom Path (心經簡林), and shopping at the factory outlets.
The KFC breakfast set - it's pork, PORK!
German must have had a good rest the day before.
I was actually still very sleepy - see my eyes.
I am not working with Xanga, nor i am advertising it. Just felt like i should wear the tee shirt (since i received three from the founder in New York) because i knew German via Xanga three years ago. She has now become one of my best friends, upgraded from best online buddies.
Ngong Ping Skyrail was once closed after the fallen gondola incident.
We went to Po Lin Monastery by bus.
The entrance to the monastery.
The main temple of Po Lin Monastery.
A magnificent temple indeed.
The Buddha statues of the main temple.
Gotta pay your respect the the god when you enter the temple.
Oh my fog, hardly we could see the Buddha.
We then climbed up the steps - we saw the image of the statue.
Phew... the Giant Buddha in fog gives another view though!
View from the upper platform.
Slightly the detail of the Buddha's robes clearly visible.
Buddhistic statues praising and making offerings to the Giant Buddha.
The 34 metre high Giant Buddha, the world's tallest outdoor seated bronze Buddha statue sits on a lotus throne above a three platform altar and weighs 250 tonnes. After climbing the 268 steps, we went to the vegetarian restaurant and enjoyed a vegetarian lunch which was included in price of admission.
It created a wonderful and peaceful atmosphere.
Fog was always with me - luck was not there for me!
The Buddhistic flags.
Yet we never be let down by the fog!
A large vegetarian restaurant that caters to hungry visitors.
Outside the restaurant.
The VIP longue of the restaurant.
A soup plus four dishes - too much for two of us? You are wrong!
Don't expect too much for the vegetarian dishes.
But we still managed to finish all - i don't waste food.
Taken inside a souvenir shop.
The platform of Po Lin Monastery.
Next target is the Wisdom Path.
The Wisdom Path (心經簡林) is an outdoor wooden replica of the centuries old Heart Sutra, one of the world's best known prayers is reserved by Confucians, Buddhists and Taoists. The Heart Sutra is on the beams, in the shape of a figure eight (8) which represents immeasurable splendour (infinity) and the concept of nothingness.
We walked along the trail next to the Po Lin Monastery.
Five minutes walk to the left, you will see the symbol for infinity.
The trail passes woodland and mountain streams.
The beams blend well with the beautiful mountainside.
When life gets too hectic you need to escape city life for a day and relax in a natural environment where you can enjoy tranquility and refresh your spirit through meditation. There, you could glimpse the new town of Tung Chung in the distance, a stunning contrast to the peaceful charm of the delightful rural area.
The Wisdom Path is impressive.
We wish we were birds.
Thus we could be flying freely in the sky.
FuFu was admiring the calligraphy - a work of art.
Randomly met two Singaporeans.
They asked German where the get delicious roasted pigeon and Cantonese cuisine.
The Deli Vegetarian Cafe.
There has a cafe next to the vegetarian restaurant, selling various kind of sweets, soy milk and soft bean curd. They were so tempting though we were full, we still tried some.
The variety of the sweets.
FuFu bought these three for the teatime.
And FuFu's favourite bean curd and soy milk.
Her face told me that she couldn't take any more in.
It's still foggy after we came out from the Wisdom Path.
Gotta take the bus back to Tung Chung MTR,
While waiting the bus, we snapped around.
But suddenly, we could clearly see the bronze Giant Buddha.
We immediately ran towards and snapped the pictures.
What an accomplishment - see how excited FuFu was.
FuFu was so lucky to see the clear Giant Buddha.
But we had missed the bus. Gotta wait for the next one.
While waiting, we continued taking pictures.
Hey, FuFu look left please.
Hello my FuFu, right, RIGHT, it's now right so look right!
Back to the outlets shopping malls.
Citygate Outlets is at the heart of this new town, providing a focal point to the town. Citygate, developed in the glass and steel style of the Hong Kong International Airport, contains shopping, entertainment, and food outlets spread across five floors. Check what i had bought?
The glass and steel style of the Hongkong International Airport.
I can really be a top model, seriously.
Esprit, Quicksilver, Calvin Klien and Bauhaus =)
MTR, back to Mongkok.
Gotta meet up German's friends for dinner.
What a long day for us.
Back to Mongkok.
If you want to see lots of neon signs and crowds, Nathan Road is a good place to go. Running from Tsim Sha Tsui to Mongkok, Nathan Road has shops all along and is teamed with people all day long.
The Nathan Road.
Dragon hostel is a minute walk from the restaurant we had our dinner. I gotta rest early for the next day. For what? Stay tuned guys.