Blogs from Lantau Island, Hong Kong, Asia


Asia » Hong Kong » Lantau Island April 6th 2014

We slipped into Victoria Harbor on a cool spring morning, sailing past the landmark buildings in Hong Kong and Kowloon and docking, as usual, at the Overseas Passenger Terminal. We were busy packing up and making our farewells to our shipboard friends. Since we were staying another week in Hong Kong, we decided to ship most of our cruise clothes home using Luggage Free. This is a convenient and fairly reasonable way to lighten your load if you don’t want to be schlepping your bags around. Luggage Free comes right to the ship, picks up your stuff, sends it to the United States via Fed Ex, clears it through customs and delivers it to your front door, or in our case to our dock, in no time. It is a very handy service. On our last ... read more

Asia » Hong Kong » Lantau Island January 13th 2014

Today I went to Lantau Island and the Big Buddha (everybody kept talking about Big Buddha so I felt I had to see it.) I took the ferry across from Central and then a bus through Lantau Island to the village where Big Buddha stands. It was a nice, pleasant ride up. The island is beautiful, barely anybody lives there apart from the giant statue of Buddha at the top of it. In fact quite a few of the islands are beautiful and deserted in Hong Kong, yet it seems all residents of Hong Kong and half of China crowd onto Kowloon and Hong Kong Island. I would love to know why. The ferry ride took an hour and from the port, the bus took half an hour or so and dropped us at a beautiful, ... read more
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po lin monastery

Asia » Hong Kong » Lantau Island November 12th 2013

Sometime in October we had an e-mail from our friend Dave in the UK who had managed to co-ordinate his holiday time with one of our trips to Hong Kong in mid-November. Unfortunately, we would only have one day and one night before Dave and his friend, Rob were due to fly to Cambodia so we jumped at the chance to meet up. As regular visitors to Hong Kong we were racking our brains for a new thing we could do while we were on this visit. We have already been up Victoria Peak more times than we’d like to admit and we knew that Dave and Rob wouldn’t want to shop all day . So we decided on an action plan - visit the Big Buddha on Lantau island, afternoon cocktails and then a nice ... read more
US Navy ship
View from the top
Neil isn't looking too sure now...

Asia » Hong Kong » Lantau Island August 23rd 2013

This is not the best time of year to visit Hong Kong: every day the islands are shrouded in thick cloud. I had been hoping for a clearer day to visit Ngong Ping, but none had materialised, so I gave up and went anyway. I have been on quite a few cable car journeys on this trip but this was by far the most vertigo-inducing, travelling way above the river and hills up to the Buddha. The immediate area around the Buddha is very built up and full of sellers (Would I like to buy a ticket for lunch at the temple? A photo of myself on the cable car? A souvenir t-shirt?) and the temple is being re-developed into what looks like a several-story mega-temple so is covered in scaffolding, but most people don't venture ... read more
Locals collecting shellfish in the river below
Vertigo-inducing view from Ngong Ping cable car
The Buddha

Asia » Hong Kong » Lantau Island April 6th 2013

It rained heavily overnight so I slept late to avoid it in the morning. By the time I left things had dried considerably. My strategy worked! I took the MTR to Lantau and then took bus 23 to the Big Buddha. The cable car is nicer (and easier on the stomach) but the bus is far cheaper. The Buddha looked glorious as the sun was poking through the clouds for the first time in weeks. I skipped a proper visit, though. Due to the holiday, it was a bit crowded. I took a quick look around the monastery--I'd never visited before--and then continued onwards to the Wisdom Path, fifteen minutes further along the path. I'd been hoping to stop and have some tea at the Tea Garden, but it looks very closed and like it hasn't ... read more
The monastery
What a view!


Asia » Hong Kong » Lantau Island March 2nd 2013

That's it...we've done Hong Kong! Shopping seems to be what keeps the city's heart pulsing and the hearts,of its inhabitants too. Even sitting ( an almost impossible thing to do as,there are no seats to be found anywhere ) in the airport departure lounge level the designer boutiques are everywhere, populated by Asian travellers spending for the last time before they board their flight. The new money is definately in their pockets as the only white people spending anything are the ones in Mc Donalds! India is going to be quite a contrast as from tomorrow.... read more

Asia » Hong Kong » Lantau Island October 13th 2012

Oct. 13 Hong Kong Disneyland!! Those who know us will not be surprised that we succumbed to the lure of Disneyland on our free day, being frequent visitors to Disney World and California Disneyland, as well as one-time EuroDisney visitors. The opportunity to compare was just too enticing to pass up. Warning: if you are not Disney fans, this will probably not interest you! The metro ride from our hotel in the center of Hong Kong Island to the gate took about one and a quarter hours but was very easy to navigate using the station maps. This was a Saturday, so we expected crowds but were pleasantly surprised to walk right up to a ticket window with no line. The daily pass cost about $50 US. Opening time was late, 10:30, so we were there ... read more

Asia » Hong Kong » Lantau Island September 19th 2012

Our three nights in Hong Kong flew by in a hurry. We stayed at the Grand Harbour KowLoon. Our first night we walked through the Pennisula Hotel which is one on the 1,001 Things to do Before You Die. Then we ate at TGFridays. I didn't know a burger could taste so good! After some nourishment, we had the energy to walk through the night market. That was an experience. So many people and so many things to buy! On Monday, we went on a tour to Victoria Peak. We took a tram up a tall, steep mountain to see a gorgeous view of the busy city. We also were dropped off at Stanley Market. This market was cleaner and they weren't as pushy. We walked into a store we thought was a pet store, and ... read more

Asia » Hong Kong » Lantau Island September 11th 2012

I am writing this as we wait for our plane to board in Hong Kong airport, on our very last day of travelling. We are sad that it is nearly over, and cannot believe it has already been 6 months, but every day has been so different that it was always going to fly by. We had a wonderful two weeks in Taiwan, where the people are friendly, the transport is easy and nearly everything is in English as well as Mandarin. We got to practise a bit more Mandarin, and feel like we've mastered please, thank you, hello and the numbers! Most people spoke some English though, and everyone was enormously helpful, even when we didn't need it - pointing out when our bus arrived, telling the driver where we were going, showing us which ... read more

Asia » Hong Kong » Lantau Island June 3rd 2012

June 3, 2012 (Hong Kong) Well, I apologize I haven't been able to keep up with blogging given all the activities of the last few days. On the flight over I'm going to try and get some more blogs updated and will mass download them in SFO. We are on our way back - four legs to this trip: Chengdu->Hong Kong (done)->San Francisco -> Dallas -> OKC. We just heard the Thunder clipped the Spurs again! Looking forward to them keeping momentum going! Go Blue!!... read more

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