As we missed the Lantau Island (大屿山) trip the day before, thus, we change our plan for today as well. We started @ Mongkok & took Tsuen Wan Line to Lai King & transit to Tung Chung Line proceeded to Tung Chung. There are few ways you can get to Lantau Island. Our initial plan was Ngong Ping 360 cable car. Ngong Ping 360 is a spectacular 5.7km cable car journey between Tung Chung town center and Ngong Ping on Lantau Island, which can be accessed from the Tung Chung MTR station. However the Ngong Ping Cable Car was shut down from June 2007 to December 2007 due to an accident involving an empty cable car falling off the cable and crashing. An investigation found that the incident was caused by worker negligence, and after testing, the ride was reopened on December 31, 2007. Thus, we were forced to take New Lantau Bus No.23 to Ngong Ping which took approximately 50 minutes (cost HKD17.20 ~ 1 way).
We reached Ngong Ping around 3pm. The first thing we saw of course is the Big Buddha. This impressive status is the world’s largest Buddha statue, by using bronze, it’s 34 metres tall and weight 250 tonnes, completed on the 29th December 1993 which also marked the birthday of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. We have to pay a small entrance fee (HKD4) which include a free simple vegetarian meal.
Here we climb total 268 steps in order to reach to the top. Oh yeah, its tiring but well worth it of course with excellent view across the island.
We proceeded to Po Lin Monastery after visited Big Buddha. This Monastery is also known as the “Buddhist Kingdom in the South” which was built in 1920 by three Zen masters and is an international Buddhist retreat. The Monastery is really colourful and impressive with the many dragons and other Chinese mythical figures painted on the walls and ceilings.
Of course, we never forget to enjoy our vagetarian meal @ the vagetarian cafe in the Monastery. Actually this vegetarian meal plus a nice sweet was really delicious(one plate of vagetarian noodle + 2 pieces of kuih + 1 bowl of tau fu fa).
We left Lantau Island around 6pm & back to Tung Chung. From Tung Chung, we proceeded to Avenue of Stars (星光大道）which Located along the Victoria Harbour waterfront in Tsim Sha Tsui (Tung Chung -> Lai King -> Tsim Sha Tsui(尖沙咀).
Avenue of Stars was designed to recognize the film industry’s contribution in promoting Hong Kong as a destination worldwide. Along Avenue of Stars, we find not only plaques emblazoned with the names of famous Hong Kong actors and actresses, but will also be treated to a video about the local movie industry, sculptures of particularly notable stars, souvenir kiosks, and interesting tidbits about Hong Kong’s more than 100-year film history.
Here is the most recent additions to the Avenue of Stars ~ 2-meter-high bronze statue of the world’s most famous martial arts actor, Bruce Lee. Dedicated in 2005, the statue marked the 65th anniversary of Lee’s birth.
Remember to bring a camera that can get nice shot at night else you will regret. Because the worst thing happen when we visited Avenue of Star ~ Our camera cannot get a perfect shot at night. Luckily a lot of photograph services offered along the waterfront.
Well, we didn’t missed the Symphony of Lights which is a must-see for visitors to Hong Kong. This orchestrated light and laser show currently features 37 buildings on both sides of Victoria Harbor, though it began on the Kowloon side only. This show taking place @ 8 pm and ends about 15 minutes later. We were able to hear live narration and music there.
We went to Causeway Bay (铜锣湾) and visited Victoria Park before we end our day. (Tsim Sha Tsui -> Admiralty -> Causeway Bay -> Wan Chai -> Admiralty -> mongkok)
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