Posted by: rbbadger | August 2, 2008

Trip to Lantau

Yesterday, I made a trip to one of Hong Kong’s favourite destinations, namely the Big Buddha at Po Lin Monastery on Lantau Island.  This involved taking a cable car. 

There are some places in Hong Kong which are pretty sparsely populated and Lantau is one of them.  Anyhow, I took the cable car at the Tung Chung subway station and went up the side of the mountain.  I had never taken a cable car before, so this was pretty exciting.  The views were beautiful, but unfortunately, the cable cars were not air conditioned, so portions of the trip were pretty hot.  Thankfully, the winds were blowing, so we did get some cool air.

Despite being a distance away from the monastery, the first thing you smell upon exiting the cable car is incense.  Truly vast quantities of the stuff are burned at the neighbouring monastery.  You pass through a small shopping centre and then arrive at the statue.  It is a gigantic bronze statue of Buddha.  I will be posting photos of it and the cable cars to it. 

One shop I visited was Chopstick Gallery.  They had every possible variety of chopsticks you could possibly want.  I asked them if they had any Korean chopsticks, as I have been pretty unhappy with the set in my house and want a nice set.  Indeed they did!  (Unlike in Japan and China, Korean chopsticks are made of metal.  It takes a while to get used to, but I find them far superior to Chinese and Japanese ones which seem too light and insubstantial.)  So, I picked up some chopsticks for my house.  I was not expecting to find Korean chopsticks, but seeing as they had Chinese styles (made of a huge variety of woods), Japanese styles (also many different kinds of wood), and Vietnamese styles, it only makes sense that they’d have Korean chopsticks.

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Responses

  1. Hi Son!
    You are so brave! Was that cable car fun or scary? Did it go really high? Was it crowded? I’m glad that you are brave and adventurous. You might as well tour and see places while you can! It’s so great that you are getting a grasp on the languages around. Can’t wait to see the pictures you to post! Be safe! Enjoy!
    Love, Mama


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