My younger brother had likewise been living abroad these past few months and had decided to visit me in Hong Kong this week before his return to Los Angeles. Though I’ve been getting lazy with taking photos of Hong Kong life, his visit prompted me to show him around some awesomely scenic places, including Lantau Island, where we went to Tai O Village and the Big Buddha. Though I had visited previously visited Tai O during the late winter and the Big Buddha in spring, it was still cool to see these places again. This time around I hiked a small ways beyond the Buddha on a trail that goes to an area called Wisdom Path. It was pretty much a pathway upon a hill with large pillars everywhere. Some of them can be seen in the final two photos below. And yes – there was a cow!!!
There were many other hiking trails that area too, some of which that lead to some pretty epic scenery sights of the gigantic hills of Lantau. I plan on returning for an all day hike once the weather cools.
Other things I showed my brother while he was in town that I did not capture on camera included bicycle riding in Cheung Chau, hiking in Lamma Island, going to the movies twice at the Cinematheque in Yau Ma Tei to watch To Rome With Love and Moonrise Kingdom (review coming up), and hanging out at a hardcore band night at Hidden Agenda. It was a week well done.
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Following Shanghai, I finally got back on track to exploring Hong Kong and finally doing some touristy stuff. The coolest thing yet was seeing the Big Buddha with Jeane. It was a perfect day to go as it was a foggy one, making the Buddha look quite mysterious. But the way to the Buddha itself was just as fantastic. To get there, we had to ride cable cars through the giant hills of Lantau Island to reach Ngong Ping Village, a tourist area built to resemble an old village that was filled with several restaurants and gift shops.
Below the Giant Buddha was Po Lin Monastery, a Buddhist monastery. Though the large temple houses were awesome, what really caught my eye were the random dogs everywhere in sight. EVERYWHERE.
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Contrary to the title, I am actually typing this during my 6th day in Hong Kong. It’s just that work began on Monday and I’ve been too darn exhausted to put up anything on here ever since. But it is a good sort of exhausted – every day here so far has been a new experience and an adventure that I feel so lucky to be taking on. I have to add that every day has also included me eating some kind of awesome food. For example: Today at work we had a team restaurant lunch that was just MAGNIFICENT.
I haven’t taken too many pictures since getting here since last weekend (always forgetting my camera) so here’s some pic-pics from Sunday’s outing to Lantau Island. This time around, it was to a fishing village on the far side of the island called Tai O. To get there, we had to take an long bus ride through some beautiful scenery. As for Tai O, I think my favorite thing about it was the houses built over the water and the cats who secretly own the town (they are EVERYWHERE).
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