Thursday, May 24, 2012

A Seriously Big Buddha

The Big Buddha on Lantau Island

Lantau Island isn't far from Hong Kong Island, and the short ferry ride makes it an easy day trip.  We spent a few hours wandering around the Big Buddha on the island.  We've seen a lot of Buddhas during our travels, and this one is seriously big!  First, we were drawn to the nearby Po Lin monastery by the sound of monks chanting and the prospect of seeing another monk ceremony.  No such luck.  The chanting was coming from really loud speakers.  Next stop was the Big Buddha himself.  Our tickets came with a reward -- two ice creams and two bottles of water once we made it to the top of the stairs.  A nice touch!  Finally we walked along the Wisdom Path, which gave us some nice views of an undeveloped part of Hong Kong.

On our way back to the ferry, we stopped at a fantastic beachside restaurant called The Stoep.  It came highly recommended by my cousin Carrie, who used to live in Hong Kong.  We enjoyed a huge meal, including an appetizer intended for the table next to ours!   


Po Lin Monastery near the Big Buddha
Wooden pillars along the Wisdom Path at the Big Buddha

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