Tuesday, 6 May 2014

The Greener Side

The massive gondola ride - what a view!
We’d planned with Lok to go to Hong Kong Island and do a hike in the mountains, not something we’d previously associated with HK, but Lok told us that there was actually a typhoon warning for later in the day and it was best not to get caught in it whilst hiking. We didn’t hesitate to change our plans and to go and see the ‘Giant Buddha’ instead.

A pillar of wisdom....
The Giant Buddha
To get there we took a 5.7km long gondola ride – very cool! The view from the gondola was excellent and we could see where they were building more floating islands so that they could extend the airport. When we arrived we hiked up to the Giant Buddha which was indeed giant and quite impressive. From there we hiked along the ‘Wisdom Path’ hoping to absorb some extra knowledge but it was all in Chinese characters so we didn’t really finish any wiser, but it was a beautiful walk.

Our feast...
We explored the intricate monastery and sampled some delicacies in the town at the top of the gondola before taking the long ride back down and walked back to town. It was past 3pm when we disembarked and despite our small snack we were quite hungry, actually we were starving, again. Despite our state of hunger Lok convinced that the wait at a famous Yum Cha restaurant would definitely be worth it so we took a number in the queue and tried not to smell all the delicious food while we waited for a table to become free.

Sarah about to try out a chicken foot!
... continued...
 and continued...
and continued...
Fortunately, it turned out to be only a 10 minute wait before we were led through to a massive room filled with families sitting around large round tables enjoying an amazing variety of food. Lok told us that ‘Yum Cha’ literally means drinking tea and is typically a family affair. Our Yum Cha experience was (and still remains) the best that we’ve had, chicken feet and all! We had an absolute banquet, thoroughly enjoying all the flavours and different foods to try as we sampled numerous dishes. It was great having Lok to advise us on what we should try, especially insisting on the chicken feet which Dave was quite deterred by, but Sarah actually managed to eat three and decided that they looked worse than they were. 

and continued...
and continued...
Completely sated we took the metro to the SoHo district and rode the escalator up the streets. Yep, the streets are so steep that there is a single escalator which runs downhill in the morning and upwards in the evening, since we had arrived in the evening it meant we could be lazy on the way up, but then for the decent we were on our own. Up the top there is a view over the harbour and the area had a distinct European feel again as it was full of bars, cafés and restaurants, all very Western in nature, and all filled with very Western tourists. We walked back down and had a tram ride on the ancient tram that circuits the main part of the city and then caught the ferry back over to the our side of the canal just as the sun was setting and we again got to see the foreshore lights come to life.

and continued!
With no need for dinner after our late massive feast we just enjoyed the foreshore until our weary legs decided it was time for bed. We were quite glad that the forecasted typhoon hadn’t eventuated, although according to the news it was still potentially on the horizon…

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