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Asia » Hong Kong » Lantau Island April 5th 2015

Made sure I was on deck this morning as the ship pulled into Hong Kong harbor although it was like pea soup. Fortunately, it didn’t take long before it cleared up and could see the magnificent vertical buildings with no space in between. It is an awesome sight. Our excursion today took us to Lantau Island for a visit to Tai O Village which is a fishing village with houses on stilts and lots of vendors. They dry most of the fish so as you walk through the streets, the aroma is pungent with seafood. Next stop Po Lin Monastery where the largest seated Buddha in Asia resides up on a hill top. Another interesting sight to see. A vegetarian lunch was served here and off to the cable car ride by Ngong Ping Skyrail. The ... read more
One Hour Later
Dried Fish
Tai O Village

Asia » Hong Kong » Lantau Island March 28th 2015

Now sat in the airport lounge with just 30 minutes before boarding. Next stop London Heathrow. Yesterday we took the Star Ferry to Hong Kong Island and strolled around the Central area. There is one or two government buildings from the past still standing amongst the glass skyscrappers. We found the Charter Garden, an oasis in the city centre. We stopped at a McD for lunch as Lynn has had her fill of noodles. After lunch we tackled the Central to Mid Levels escalator system, the worlds longest group of escalator travelling over 800m and climbing some 135m. Then back to the Star to cross back to Kawloon. We then walked up Nathan Road, the Golden mile, where there are more Cartier watch shops than McDonalds. The number of jewellers and the prices of items in ... read more

Asia » Hong Kong » Lantau Island March 27th 2015

Quick stop in Hong Kong Airport. Priority Pass is the best investment - access to a huge network of lounges globally. A shower and quick meal and we feel a million bucks ready for the next leg.... read more

Asia » Hong Kong » Lantau Island January 9th 2015

Hello my fellow travellers! After a good nights sleep I feel like I've settled into the new time-zone quite well. That actually went quicker than I had expected. I started this day with a brisk walk to the Central Station where I took the MTR to Tung Chung, this is where you take the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car up to the Po Lin Monastery and the Tian Tan Buddha. The ride is cool and steep but so is the price, it costs 165 HKD for a return trip and 115 for a single trip, and that's for the standard cabin, you can also go in a crystal cabin which features a glass bottom. I don't remember the single fair for that one but I think the return fair was 255 HKD. You can also choose ... read more
Po Lin Monastery
Ngong Ping 360
Tian Tan Buddha

Asia » Hong Kong » Lantau Island November 21st 2014

Coming Home: Hong Kong Yea! We are here in Hong Kong for another 2 days. We’re very excited to be “home” ;-) We like Hong Kong a lot and are very comfortable here now. The environment is safe and we know our way around the city pretty well. Today we’re grabbing up our Octopus metro card and heading across the water for Macau on mainland China. We’ve been told that Macau is the Las Vegas of China and that its revenue just surpassed Las Vegas. Thought we’d take a look especially since we are pretty familiar with Vegas... Macau is an hour jet boat ride away from downtown Hong Kong. Unfortunately we are way out at the big new Kai Tak cruise ship terminal so it will take us about an hour just to get to ... read more
Off to Disney
Cope Disneyland
Entrance to Disneyland

Asia » Hong Kong » Lantau Island October 30th 2014

Walk of the Stars, Big Buddha, Stilt Houses and Pink Dolphins We decided on a guided tour today because we could cover so much more territory and wanted to go to Lantau Island. We got up early, headed to the metro, swiped our Octopus card and hopped on the MTR headed to Fortress Hill station where we needed to find the City Garden Hotel by 7:45. We exited at Forest Hill amid all the folks heading to their offices, followed signs, took a wrong turn, found the raised pedestrian walkway, asked a direction or two and found the hotel. A Grayline shuttle bus picked us up and took us to Kowloon where we joined a large bus full of people. Then, off to the Walk of the Stars along Victoria Harbor on Kowloon Island. This is ... read more
Ngong Ping 360
Tia O
The Big Buddah

Asia » Hong Kong » Lantau Island October 29th 2014

I knew I’d love Hong Kong, but I had no idea I’d be rapturously in love with the city by the end of my time there. Hong Kong is endlessly fascinating, it’s impossible to get bored here. Here are some of my favorite experiences in Hong Kong. Eating lots of street foods, it was really an amazing experience eating dimsum, big crepes, drinking milk tea and so much more. The foods were really outstanding. Taking the STAR FERRY across VICTORIA HARBOR, It’s the cheapest deal in town cross from Hong Kong to Kowloon by boat for just $3.40 HKD ($0.44 USD) and take in the absolute best view of the skyline. SHOPPING IN MONG KOK was one of my favorite neighborhoods to wander in Hong Kong. Here you’ll find a flower market, a street selling pet ... read more

Asia » Hong Kong » Lantau Island October 27th 2014

Hong Kong is amazing!!! 😜😝😂😃 Stifling heat, towering buildings and a very odd variety of smells!!!!😖😕 After a delayed flight we were all exhausted but still had the energy to find an authentic Chinese restaurant called Cheers! Then do some shopping at temple street market!!!😜 When we arrived at the hotel Abby refused to go in the lift so we took the escalator instead!! Two days later, she is the first one in the lift and the last one out!! Transport so far; Taxi to Heathrow courtesy of Steve Gidley- fantastic! Metro from airport to bus terminal, bus to hotel, Star Ferry to Hong Kong Island, taxi back to hotel, ferry to Lantau Isand, scary bus to Ngong Ping, cable car back down mountain, taxi! Monday- managed to wake up before 1pm today so trip to ... read more
Health and safety!!
Pose time!!
Big Buddha

Asia » Hong Kong » Lantau Island September 12th 2014

A fond farewell, Well, I am on my way back to the states! It is a bit of a tug of war with my emotions. There is nothing more important to me than my family, heck I even got a tattoo that says “family” while I was here. That being said, my favorite thing to do is travel and explore. So with those two things heavy on my mind, my adventure here has come to an end, but I can’t be more excited to see and hug my wonderful wife, kids and family. I feel satisfied that I did all I could do while I was visiting Hong Kong. I have made some friends and contacts that I will hopefully be able to stay in touch with for the rest of my life. I have been ... read more

Asia » Hong Kong » Lantau Island September 9th 2014

I can't believe I have been here for this long and have only just discovered this place. I had a co-worker of mine come to HK for the week to conduct interviews and such and get a grasp on what I have been doing for the past 8 weeks. I asked a mutual friend who is also based here in HK if he wanted to come meet us for a beer in Mui Wo. He was unable but said "Make sure you take Andy to the infinity pool outside of Tai O." I looked into it and I was instantly hooked! Sept 9 is the Mid Autumn Festival which is a national holiday so nearly everyone had the day off work. We were unable to gain access to the airport on a day like this, so ... read more
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