Do the Peak Walk - it's more exciting.
As the air was fresh and nice, we followed one of the paths .The road is nicely paved (caution : watch out for cars going up/down - wonder why they allow these vehicles on the road though..) - not difficult to walk. You will arrive at some playground and then about 20mins or so you will reach the Lugard Lookout point - see the "sort-after" view of the harbour and the city.. From here we continued our journey passing some vegetation and little falls - lots of greens . Can't remember which turn we took, either the Hatton Road or the Harlec Road..... About and hour or so, we then reached a flight of steps, saw lots of people walking up , many with pet dogs. Guess this must be somewhere near Kotewall Road . Our intention was to then take the 30minutes walk along Conduit Road to Central Mid-levels Escalators to Central but somehow we saw a bus No. 13 that goes to Central and we hopped on it ..... maybe we were too tired to walk the other 30minutes?
Attached : Take a look at the pictures we captured along our walk.
Dozens and dozens of exquisite birds are to be seen in this market, including all sorts of objects you didn't know birds "needed", as well as insects for their feed. A walk through this market could leave your ear ringing for some time afterwards.
The market is on the other side of Nathan Road on Yuen Po Street, about a 10 minute walk from the Prince Edward MTR Station. The market is open everyday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
One of the nice beaches in Hong Kong, Pui O Beach in Lantau Island is the ideal getaway from the busy city.
Ooh La La is the only restaurant along the beach, and offers great food and cocktails. Watch the sunset while drinking sangria on your sun lounge!
I realize that Lantau Island is not Hong Kong Island, but in the absence of an actual page for Lantau, I have to add this in as an "out of the way" attraction in Hong Kong. The Tian Tau Buddha is a spectacular monument to the deity that sits atop a peak on the southern side of Lantau Island. As Buddhists cremate the dead, this is not just a monument but a funerary as well, as the interior of the Buddha contains the ashes of thousands of residents of the territory. For this reason, it is considered to be a holy place in which pictures are not allowed. The Buddha also contains the cremated remains of the Buddha, a gift from monks in Sri Lanka. The statue, which was completed in 1993, is one of the 5 largest Buddhas in China. It sits atop a lotus and an altar that is the model for the Heavenly Altar in Beijing. For those who are not Buddhists, this site does not hold a specific religious significance, but it does enlighten visitors to the spiritual side of a city so often synonymous with commercialism and finance. The Buddha statue also allows visitors breathtaking views of the mountains on the island and, on a clear day (somewhat of a rarity in HK) you can see all the way to Macau.
Get off the main streets and into the back areas and you will come across a lot of little markets selling clothing as well as wet markets with fresh produces. Everything is amazingly fresh as most Chinese like to buy as they need rather than freeze goods.
Given the amount of sea and car traffic that HK sees in a year, it might seem like taking a leisurely stroll along the waterfront is a bad idea. In truth, the water here is an amazing shade of aquamarine, and lapping of the water along the quay can have a calming effect on anyone who has had enough of the traffic and noise of the city.
There are six Devas that surround the Tian Tau Buddha, each of them offering him a different gift that represents six different virtues necessary for the entrance of an individual to nirvana. The Devas are beautifully sculpted and provide an angular and sharp contrast to the round curves of the Buddha. They are all located at the base of the statue, lifesize in proportion and equally spaced around the main statue.
Ngong Ping Village is the site of the Tian Tan Buddha and a monastery. Under normal circumstances, it is accessible by a cable car that goes from Lantau Subway station up the mountain. When I visited, however, the cable car was under repair and I had to take a taxi up from the station to the site. The village is picturesque in that it has a number of traditional houses and structures set up to make the Buddha seem more traditional (the Buddha dates only from 1993). There is a Bodhi tree and a shrine to offer incense at the entrance, closely followed by a monumental walk and large Chinese gate that clue the visitor in to just how spectacular this site is. I didn't see the Monastery, and I'm not sure that you can visit on your own.
I don't think that there is anything particularly historical or important about this church, I just thought that it was a cool blend of Western religion with Chinese architecture. It is a large Episcopalian/Anglican church done with jade green roofs and red brick, like a traditional Chinese palace. It's something to photograph when you're in the Causeway Bay area (Tai Hang Road and Ka Ning Path), but not really a place that you can visit for a while.
Known for its sumptuous seafood, Lamma Island offers gastronomical delight. This village allows one to experience the more old-fashion part of Hong Kong.
The best way to explore the island is to walk/hike or rent a bicycle. Some of the attractions to be seen include a windmill and also a beach beside the powerstation!
The gate that leads to the great Tian Tan Buddha is a spectacular sight, not least because of the surrounding green hills and the Buddha that towers overhead. There are many traditional statues of the 12 divine generals, each of whom represents a different time of day and a different part of the Chinese zodiac. The statues are in the Chinese style that blends a sort of dragonesque appears with a realistic one: angular, gruesome faces that exude strength. The entire area is worthy of more than a few snapshots, so be prepared to wear out your camera battery.
If you think hong kong is all about shopping and high rise buildings, think again!! There are marvellous walks available, and all of them well kept and signed. Take off with plenty of water and enough food in your back pack. Buy yourself a really good guide book and dont be afraid to take the MTR to the nearest point available and then either hop on the bus or take a taxi. Though if you are in the new territories you will probably need the location written in chinese - so ask your hotel porter to please write it for you. They are really helpful and only too pleased to do so. In the new territories The taxis all have meters and painted green. Each driver has his photo on the dashboard as well. Chances are you will finish where there is a really good cheap local restaurant.
Although Hong Kong is a very packed city, there are nice parks located within the city for the people to relax. These parks can be quite nice to visit when you are there.
Lantau Island is a ferry ride away from Hong Kong and it is a nice place to do some hiking. The terrain is mountainous with very nice views on a clear day.
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