The view and scenery here would have been fantastic, if not for this.
The awful fog. It just makes everything in a blur.
See the background? Argh.
Ngong Ping was also having its 360 Pogo Jumpathon and one of the Pogo Team members are here to demonstrate jumping off from the steps on a pogo stick. The Olympus OMD EM5 12fps burst rate was fantastic here!
And they have a Bohdi Wishing Shrine here where people say wishes come true. I took some photos and went on. I mentioned on an earlier post that our package includes the two major attractions here in Ngong Ping Village - The Walking with Buddha and Monkey Tales. Both of which…..we did not go. For one, It was already 1330hrs when we got up to these area. We still have not had lunch and there is another trip we want to make to "The Peak" later. However, I didn't really want to go because…….my Cantonese level is at "infant" stage. So….it kinda beats the purpose. By the way, there are also a few Bodhi trees found around Singapore and apparently, one could be found in the Gardens of the Bay which is set to open in Marina Bay soon.
And for the photo that we got of us in the cable car ride for HKD$100, we were given a voucher to use it here to take more photos. And you got one free. The catch is - The free photo is of one that shows that you are in the cable car. Notice the green background? It is used so that they can extract you out to superimpose to background images like these.
Yeah. I am quite a sucker for all this things. Like what I told Hazel, trips are made up of memories and the only way to capture memories is through photos. There are only some selected memories you will retain years after a trip but with photos, they are just like a bookmark or a dogear in the pages of your brain. Seeing the photos of somewhere you have been to or have taken of years ago will automatically trigger your memory and you will go "Oh yeah…we did went to that place and did that. It was amazing!" A similar theory for why the decision to start and maintain a blog. - Memories.
And the trip up the Giant Buddha begins.
Not before we have some snacks first! It taste better than the ones we had back here in Singapore.
Here we go up the stairs to the Giant Buddha Statue. (By the way, why are places of worship always built high up somewhere? Batu Caves anyone?) Frankly, both of us were quite tired and seeing the endless flight of stairs (foggy le) made us almost give up going up. But I urge Hazel on and she was strong! Carrying a 12kg boy up and down the stairs. Quite a feat I would say. We did take a number of stops along the way to catch our breath.
This is the clearest shot I have of the Giant Buddha Statue at Lantau Island. Quite a waste not to be able to see it in a clear weather.
There were lots of shops at Ngong Ping Village. I would say it is a very established tourist area with a wide variety of eatery and restaurants. There were many souvenir shops too.
Time for us to go down and back to the main island!
We decided earlier on to come down to find something to eat instead of having our lunch at Ngong Ping Village. Looking back, it was probably a better choice to have done the meals back there. The Citygate outlet at Tung Chung was really CROWDED. This mall is like a mall comprising of mainly outlet stores (something like IMM or Changi Point Shopping Center) and it is a big mall. It also has a factory outlet of Hazel's favorite brand - Coach factory outlet! Woah! But like most factory outlets, every single store here is teeming with people. More squeeze here. And for our food, no luck here. Every place was full house and you will have to wait.
And we left. Hungry. Onwards to "The Peak" to find FOOD and hopefully better scenery.
More to come. Stay Tuned.
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