Day 5: Ngong Ping 360 and LKF

Thursday 22nd August

Meeting on another beautiful day in Tung Chung, we bought tickets for the Ngong Ping 360 (Sky, Land, Sea) Tour, starting with a cable car ride to see the Big Buddha!

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After an authentic lunch of Subway, we strolled around the souvenir shops and made our way up the mountain of steps to see the Buddha.

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Bloody tourists! :p

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We took a 15 minute bus trip to our next destination, Tai O Fishing Village.

This a traditional fishing village, home to a community who have built their houses on stilts above the tidal flats of Lantau Island for generations. These unusual structures are interconnected, forming a tightly-knit community that literally lives on the water. Unfortunately since a large fire broke out in 2000, the village mostly consists of squatter’s huts and dilapidated stilt houses.

Nevertheless the stilt village is a big tourist attraction.

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After a stick of spicy giant fish-balls and a couple of cheeky ciders, we made our way over to the harbour, where we boarded one of the local’s boats for a short trip, with the hope of seeing the rare Chinese pink/white dolphins.

Unfortunately we didn’t see any!

However we did see the lots of stilt houses, stray cats and flying fish…

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Our tour guide informed us that this rock formation looked like a man leaning against the cliff!

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Over a century ago, Tai O used to be an important trading and fishing port, however this is no longer the case as most young people move away when they come of age.

This was evident from the fact that most of the locals that we saw were middle-aged or older.

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Many were still making a living the traditional way, through selling fresh and dried seafood and shrimp paste, which is famous in this area.

Though I’m not sure what this is/once was…

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It’s a peaceful village, without any recognizable shops in sight.

Most of the shops were very small and we couldn’t tell if some of them were shops or homes or a combination of the two!

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We also came across stray cats,

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Lantau Island’s blue taxis,

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and Chinese Gods.

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Walking by the harbour, Sarah spotted a mud-skipper!

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How exciting! 😀

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I also spotted this couple and their camera crew casually walking down the street, so obviously we sneakily followed them to see what they were up to…

They entered this derelict site for a photo shoot for their wedding! Luke asked if we could take a photo and they kindly agreed, so here’s Luke’s snap:

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…and this is mine 🙂

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After buying a couple of lucky cat ornaments, we made our way back to Central to meet Giles and Lihui for dinner.

They took us to a lovely little Chinese restaurant known for its low-MSG and low-oil contents!

The food was delicious but I was too hungry to take any photos! :p

I remember dishes of tasty ribs, vegetables and steamed fish among others.

Luke took one of this cool mixed rice. We all preferred the red side, which was pork in a tomato sauce; while the white side was prawns in a creamy sauce.

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Leaving with full tummies, we got ready and made our way over to LKF to meet Ryan after work.

I can’t remember what the first bar that we went to was called, but Ryan and I shared a cocktail that tasted a bit like mouthwash…

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Unfortunately the clubs were all rammed, so we did a bar-crawl instead, chatting and drinking the night away!

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Al’s diner was awesome, blasting out some classic 80’s tunes, while another bar had a floor covered in peanut shells – I think it’s meant to be good for the wood…

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After a day of cable cars, a mountain of steps, a Big Buddha, exploring around a fishing village and delicious food, we called it a night at a respectable 2am and made our sleepy way home!

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xxx

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