By the weather man, that is! We've been following the weather forecast for Hong Kong, and according to Accu-Weather (an oxymoron if I've ever heard one!) today was supposed to be fairly sunny and nice. Based on that information, we planned a day trip to Lantau Island to see the Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery. It was a little foggy when we left Hong Kong, but we thought the fog would lift as the day started. Oh, the best laid plans...........
We did get an early start this morning--as we were both wide awake at 1:30 am! That gave us plenty of time to plan our day, map out our routes and walk to the market to get our breakfast. We left Hong Kong a little before 8 am, taking the MTR for the long journey out to Lantou Island. Several line changes and about an hour later, we pulled in to the last stop on the line-Tung Chung. Strangely enough, the metro exited right into a big outlet mall!
We were a little early to buy our cable car tickets, so we found a Starbucks and relaxed for a few minutes. Soon we found the ticket office, and waited in a small line to buy our tickets for the Ngong Ping Crystal Cable Car ride up to the top.
It was still a little foggy as we started up, but not too bad. Here we are all settled in for the ride:
David sitting on the floor! Although the view was great from the glass bottom, I felt just a little queasy. It's a loooong ways down!
There is actually a road back to the monastery and we could have taken a bus, but the cable car was a lot more fun! There is also a hiking path all the way back through the forest--complete with many, many steep stairs to climb--no thanks!
Here's the hiking path:
We walked through the small gallery/museum at the top. There were several nice watercolor paintings and scrolls, but no English translations so we were a bit in the dark. Of course, the exit from the gallery went through a gift shop! I found a little something for you there, Jeanne! Sure wish you two were here with us, you'd love this!
As we came out of the gallery and started back down the stops, we felt a few rain drops. Then a few more, and soon it was just pouring! So much for mostly sunny today! Oh, well--that's what umbrellas are for!
Our small admission price (about 4 US dollars each) to the gallery also included lunch at the monastery.
We'd worked up an appetite after that climb, so we hiked back down those 268 steps in the pouring rain and walked to the monastery for lunch. We each had a couple of dim sum and a plate of noodles with cabbage, a nice satisfying lunch.
Notice that they gave us forks--no chopsticks were offered!
Here's our view during lunch, the side courtyard of the Po Lin Monastery:
Spring River Spinach. This wasn't my favorite, I think the greens themselves were good, but I didn't care for the sauce. David liked it, though.
Our pot of chicken--this was delicious! The flavor of the sauce was wonderful, the chicken was moist, tender and so flavorful. It was a little hard to eat, though. They did furnish regular silverware, so that was helpful.