Thursday, 10 February 2000

day five: hong kong - lantau island monastery

Taking the ferry across Victoria Harbour, to Silvermine Bay, on Lantau Island, we boarded the bus and made our way to the Po Lin Monastery, with a couple of stops along the way.

First, was a 3km sandy beach in Cheung Sha, reputed to be the best in Hong Kong.

Next, we made our way to Tai O fishing village. An interesting stop, where many people choose not to live on land, opting for stilt houses, as was the tradition of this clan.

Then we made our ascent to the monastery for lunch, a 100% vegetarian fare, and a surprisingly enjoyable one too! I doubt I could continue that particular diet though!

Working off the meal, I climbed the steps to the giant Buddha statue on top of the plateau, the tallest, outdoor, seated bronze Buddha in the world, and impressive. Time to explore the interior and marvel at the Ngong Ping Plateau scenery that the monastery is set in, before making our way back to the ferry, and an hour later, transfer to my hotel.