Friday, May 24, 2013

hong kong: part 2

Next up in Hong Kong was the tiny stilted fishing village of Tai O on Lantau Island.  It was an odd mix of old China and tourist destination, but once we got past the main group of touts trying to take us on white dolphin sightseeing tours and sell us dried sea critters, there were plenty of nooks and crannies to explore.  We snacked on egg waffles and drank some sort of smokey tasting ice tea made from beautiful red flowers.

Afterwards we hopped on a bus to the sky tram that would take us to the giant bronze Tian Tan Buddha.  The ride up was breathtaking and a bit unnerving.  We noticed below the tram that there was also a hiking path that goes the entire way up which looked amazing.  

 No trip to Hong Kong is complete without a ride on the star ferry.  We chose to go at after dark when the city is perhaps at her best.  We roamed the night markets in Kowloon for trinkets and ate the best late night fried chicken.

Off to Sri Lanka!

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