Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Fondest memory: 'Po Lin Monastery' where the giant buddha as world's largest. This visit to this place was actually out of our plan since our stay in Hong Kong was only 4 days, good for a little shopping and to see the city...when we were in the bus for a half day city tour, we've met a canadian couple, we talked and talked telling we went there and we will be there, then suddenly they suggest us to see this place such a 'must' to do, that was on our 3'rd day when we did this trip to lantau island, okey that was a good idea and so glad to see this amazing 26 meters high and 202 ton in copper buddha.
Favorite thing: We've stepped into a wondrous world of exciting and enchanted lands. Here beloved characters and imaginary places of make-believe come to life. Everyone can enjoy timeless tales and thrilling adventures on fun-filled attractions. Watch your childrens eyes light up as dreams are brought magically to life, it's a place for the young and the young at heart that will create memories that last forever. Disneyland Hong Kong.
Favorite thing: After visiting Po Lin Monastery and the famous Giant Buddha on Lantau Island, take a hike up towards Lantau Peak... you don't have to go all the way up to get a real feeling of nature. This is along our trail: an old rural house behind a Coca Cola sign. Globalisation...
Visit Tai O, an old fishing village on the north west of the island. There are a few temples here worth a visit: Kwan Tai temple, Hau Wong temple and Kwun yum temple.
take bus no.1 from Mui wo pier(takes about 40 mins).
Everytime I return to Hong Kong, I must make a pilgrimage of sort to the Buddhist temple situated on one of the many hills of Lantau island. Known as Po Lin Temple, it has the biggest sitting bronze statue of Buddha in the world and perch right on top of a hill and only accessable by climbing a series of steps.....series??? Did I say series?..... more like a few hundred series of steps ..... phew!!!... exhausting man...The exhilation that come after you made it to the top kind of made it very satisfying...The cooling breeze that plays on your face made the effort worthwhile... and once on top....man it's like you are the king of the hill...
It is like a mini adventure.....Have to start early in the morning.....Have your breakfast.... Go on down to the MTR station and take the train to Central on Hong Kong Island itself....Get out of the station and walk towards the sea....Look out for the Star Ferry pier....You can't miss it.... By pass the Star Ferry and walk on down to the other piers.... Look out for pier 7 which will shows Lantau or Mui Wo on the board...Pay the fare and board the ferry.... it should take about an hour to reach Mui Wo, a small little community on Lantau Island. Disembark from the ferry and join the crowd of people heading for the bus stop just after the pier.....Everyone has the same destination in mind... and that's to get to Po Lin Monastery. The journey by bus would take approximately another hour.... see, told you, it is a mini adventure of sort.
Favorite thing: Here are some statues at the top of the Big Buddah with views of the mountains of Lantau Island in the background... There are some amazing views up on top of the Big Buddah...it's definitely worth climbing the stairs!
Favorite thing: This is the view from the top of the Big Buddah...it is so different to the main city parts of Hong Kong with those beautiful mountains in the background... I was really glad we climbed all those stairs... ;)
Favorite thing: This photo was taken on Lantau Island at the base of the Big Buddah... I loved the look of this place, even though I have no idea what that sign says...haha! Still, it's better than the sign just metres away that says "Beware of Cyclones"... ;)
Hong Kong has about 40 public Beaches and in most public beaches, there are posters which indicates the safe swimming hours and the dates of the swimming hours and the times where life guards are available and the swimming hours changes during each season. Swimmers are not allowed during the night and beach parties are forbidden too.
you can get the schedules at this website:
Fondest memory: among the tips at the beaches of Hong Kong Are:
On the Beach
While on the beach you should:
•barbeque only in the designated area.
•put all litter in a rubbish bin, including all ring pulls.
•tidy up your area before you leave.
You should not:
•take dogs to the beach.
•throw sand or stones.
In the Water
While in the water you should:
•warm up before you swim.
•learn to swim and know your swimming ability.
•cry for help when in difficulties.
•stay out of the water during thunderstorm.
•take good care of your children.
You should not:
•swim immediately after a meal.
•swim in the dark.
•rely on swimming aids.
•jump from a beach raft or dive underneath.
•enter the water when a red flag is hoisted due to red tide.
•enter the water when a red flag is hoisted due to water pollution.
•enter the water when a red flag is hoisted due to big waves
I really loved just capturing the interesting sights that I saw in this village, just the way people lived really, a totally different way of life and very peaceful. Please see my Things to do tip for main tip.
From the Po Lin Monastery, take bus 21.
- From Mui Wo Ferry Pier, take bus 1.
- From Tung Chung MTR Station, take bus 11
After a few moment short drive from Hongkong International Airport, a journey leads you to hustle and bustle city of Hongkong suddenly welcomed by Hongkong famous suspension bridge.
Fondest memory: Its wonderful and amazing experience looking over landscaping from above.
Favorite thing: While you're in the place of the giant buddha, these one is also located on top... just beside, it is also made of bronze.
Favorite thing: If you reach the top of the stairy place of giant buddha...these view seems to be relaxing while your on top, enjoy the greeny island of Lantau.
Favorite thing: These monastery is located down the giant buddha place. We went inside but wasn't allowed to take any photos of buddha.