Lantau – Day 3

Posted on November 7, 2014

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Lantau is twice the size of Hong Kong island but nowhere near as developed. It has a Disneyland park, ancient forts, a fishing village, some say excellent beaches and a cable-car ride that leads up to an enormous bronze Buddha.

My cable-car ride up to see the statue started off as impressive but only for a short while, the weather turned foggy and by the time I disembarked I felt like I was in an Ang Lee film and a ninja would come flying out of the sky sword out stretched in a delicate hand.

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I have seen a lot of Buddha statues this year. This one is sat in front of the Po Lin monastery surrounded by flying apsaras (Buddhist angels).

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Shrouded in mist it was hard to see until I climbed right to the flight of steps leading up.

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There is a tranquility and serenity about the place despite it being a tourist trap. The sound of monks chanting and smell is incense fills the air.

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It was not until nearly 4pm that the weather began to improve by which time I had to race back to Hong Kong island for dinner. My friends had designed a bar and food crawl route through Soho which I simply couldn’t be late for.

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