We started day 3 with a trip to Lantau Island. We took the cable cars to the Po Lin Monastery where the biggest Buddha statue in the world sits. When we got there, it looked a little like Disneyland had taken over… like a “Kung-fu Panda Land”. But once we got closer to the statue, things started to look a little more authentic.
Although this was a major tourist spot, many devoted Buddhists still make pilgrimages here. One of the things you can purchase there is a special vegetarian meal prepared by the monks here. It sounds more special than it is. It’s basically just the vegetable dishes at a Chinese restaurant. They wouldn’t let us take pictures inside the restaurant, but we did manage to get this one just outside.
After Lantau we took a ferry back into the city. It was a nice way to see all the skyscrapers…
That night after dinner we headed to one of the night markets. I think this was one of the most interesting experiences in HK. There were people dancing, singing, shopping, eating, protesting, and just hanging out on a hot summer night. Very cool.
The market was a great way to end our short excursion to Hong Kong. Eric and I had a blast and it was really good to see Selene. She was a fantastic guide in the city. I don’t think I ate enough dan tat here, so I may have to return someday soon (or just find a place in Monterey Park). Until then, goodbye Hong Kong!