Saturday, April 9, 2016
My favorite day in Hong Kong was possibly our day on Lantau Island. Our airbnb apartment was on this island so we took a quick bus ride over to the Glass bottomed gondolas one morning and had the best day. We've taken many Gondola rides here in Japan- but this one was truly astounding. It's 5.7 km (3.5miles) long!!! and with a glass bottom- it was one of the coolest rides I've ever taken!
we don't have any scaredy cats in the fam- so it was enjoyable for everybody! We totally lucked out with adventurous kids.
once you cross the water- you head way UP and OVER all of those mountains!!
all of the views from the mountain top were astounding!!
At the top- there's a little commercial village leading up to Hong Kong's famous Giant Buddha!
I have no idea why metta was wearing so many jackets! It wasn't actually cold.
there were also random cows wandering about. I really like random animals.
Big Buddha is huge.
There was also another Large temple on the grounds with the famous buddha. The intricate carvings and paint and colors were astounding.
I snuck the picture inside the temple with my camera!! up in front of the statues are huge bowls of ferrero rocher chocolates given as gifts/sacrifices!! what do they do with all of that chocolate?!?!
After our visit to the temple and buddha- we hopped on a local bus to head back down the other side of the island to visit the quaint fishing village- Po. Once there- we took a boat tour through the floating houses and out along the land pictured below to look for dolphins! we didn't see any- but the driver showed us some video he'd captured the week before :)
we also wandered through the floating village on foot and found some cool neighborhoods and wild life.
this guy makes the best egg waffles in all of Hong Kong from his garage or patio (I couldn't tell what part of his house it was!) I read it on some CNN- off the beaten path- blog! egg waffles are famous all over hong kong and they lived up to the hype! sweet and light and perfectly crispy and fluffy.
I'm not certain if that's a shark or a dolphin skin hanging- but I made the kids get a picture.
I loved this old couple on our boat posing for pictures!!