We started the day with Dim Sum at the restaurant in the hotel, knowing that we were going to need some energy for the dat of activities I had planeed. The food was okay but not as good as our favorite places back home.
Next, we hiked over to the subway to catch a train out to Tung Chung on Lantau Island. The trains here are really the best way to get around. They're fast & clean, they stop at all the significant sites and they're cheap. From Tung Chung station, we jumped on the Sky Rail and rode a gondola for across the most amazing landscapes. Over mountains and ocean inlets, we experienced some truly breathtaking views for almost half an hour. Below us, we saw a few weary hikers trying to make the trek along the little trail that follows the suspended cables, but I doubt one could make it to the summit in less than a day.
When the gondola finally came to a stop, we found ourselves in a cute Chinese village consisting of several restaurants and about a dozen gift shops. The monks at this monastary have definitely learned the art of selling to tourists. Resting atop the highest peak, there sits a giant Buddha with about a million stairs between us. It took us a while to climb it but the view was worth it. Weather was perfect so we could see far out over the islands and beaches. We said our prayers for safe travels and then started the trek back.
Halfway back down, we met this really nice elderly couple from Vancouver BC. We asked them to take a picture of all of us, and although it looked like they knew what they were doing, it just proves that not all tourists are good at taking pictures.
Along the way, we passed a couple malls where the girls admired the latest fashions. I was more amazed by the farmers market along one of the alley ways. I was shocked to see plastic tubs of live fish, snakes, eels, frogs, and other local favorites for sale. Alice bought some small, bitter fruit which I had never seen before, but I didn't really have the stomach for anything after seeing the 'fresh pork' out on display.
That night, we met up with one of Alice's friends for dinner at a local favorite. It was authentic Cantonese style cooking and judging by the 2-hour wait, this must be one of the best places in town. The food was tasty but had a few too many bones in my opinion. I think we all left stuffed, nevertheless.