Travel: Hong Kong – China Photo Diary Day 5

Monday, September 24, 2018

My fifth day in Hong Kong was probably my favourite. I went to Lantau Island, which is located in the Western part of the Hong Kong islands. I don't want to lose too many words, just see it for yourselves.

Lantau Island: Ngong Ping & Tian Tian Buddha

Wow, just pure wow. I haven't been that amazed by a view since ... ever? I took the crystal cable car with the glass floor from Tung Chung to the top to Ngong Ping. The landscape was amazing. Clear water, the green mountains in the background, high buildings in between. After four days of being in the city, my lungs were thankful for the fresh air.

My first stop was the Ngong Ping village with several shrines, some cows were walking around and of course the Tian Tian Buddha. Which is actually sponsored by an electricity company. Nevertheless, the view was amazing. If you walked a bit more into the forest, you reached a sanctuary with wooden stakes. And if you climbed that, you had an awesome view on the mountains behind. Photos never show the reality of impressiveness. But I will remember that forever.

Tai O

From Ngong Ping I took a bus to Tai O, a small fishing village on Lantau Island. I took a boat tour and hoped to see some pink dolphins, but I wasn't lucky. It was interesting, how provisorily some of the houses looked like.

Discovery Bay

My last stop on Lantau Island was Discovery Bay. Discovery Bay is a gated community for the richer people in Hong Kong – And it showed immediately. I entered with a public bus and walked around the houses for a bit before I headed to the beach. The sun was already setting so I sat down at ZAKS, one of the most popular restaurants there and enjoyed some pasta vongole and a ginger beer. Maybe it was due to the exhaustion but on that night I quite felt nostalgic and melancholic (and texted some dumb messages, oh boy). After my meal I took a ferry and went back to Tsim Sha Tsui. And damn, look at that night view at Victoria Harbour. So damn impressive.

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