Saturday, August 11.
Continuing the trend of travelling to far-flung islands, we went to the largest island in Hong Kong, Lantau (大嶼山), the site of the airport, Disneyland, and a few other attractions. We started in Tung Chung.
Nonetheless, the crowds still flock here. We got on a "crystal" glass-floored cabin.
A view of the ropeway going up:
and as you ascend, the city disappears behind the mountain and you're left with the lush greenery of Lantau Country Park.
Like I said, the clouds were really low, so as we got closer, this was the view:
As we began our final descent, it started raining a bit.
Remember that largest outdoor bronze seated Buddha? Well, it's sort of in the distance there...
There weren't too many people up here... yet.
We climbed up the 250 steps to the Buddha:
and even from the top, it was pretty blurred out by the clouds.
We hopped on a bus to the far-flung seaside town of Tai O (大澳), sometimes called (by tourism promoters and such) as the "Venice of Hong Kong" (it's even on Wikipedia!)
braised eggplant in a clay pot:
Oh, and we had to get something with dried, salted fish in it, being in Tai O:
We walked for a bit afterward - "good for digestion!"
Originally a police station, this building by the sea was recently restored and made into a luxury hotel.
We stopped for dessert:
A final look at "Venice" before we go,
and back up into the cloudy mountains we go.
After walking back through Ngong Ping,
|See how new and well-kept everything is here? All fake.|
we hop back on the cable car.
Dinner was at the mall beside Tung Chung station.