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The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - Escape - - 48 HOURS HONG KONG -

Lan­tau I wanted to ex­pe­ri­ence the moun­tain­ous ter­rain of Lan­tau from the com­fort of a crys­tal ca­ble car. Un­for­tu­nately, it wasn’t in op­er­a­tion the day I vis­ited so I schlepped it in on the bus, which takes twice as long.

Home to the world’s largest seated out­door Bud­dha, the views from the Ngong Ping plateau were worth the jour­ney. Cast from bronze, the Bud­dha took 12 years to com­plete and was dizzy­ing to look up at. The 260 stairs I climbed to reach the base might have had some­thing to do with that.

Nearby Po Lin Monastery is an ideal place to stop for a de­li­cious veg­e­tar­ian lunch. Af­ter eat­ing, walk to Ngong Ping, where you can shop and then catch the bus to Tai OVil­lage. A pho­tog­ra­pher’s dream, this gen­er­a­tions-old Chi­nese stilt-house community is built on top of tidal flats. While most young peo­ple have left the area, tra­di­tional Tanka fam­i­lies still work at the small fish­ing vil­lage.

The lo­cal mar­ket has a huge se­lec­tion of fresh and dried seafood and some pretty pun­gent shrimp paste.

Hong Kong is fa­mous for shop­ping so I made a bee­line back to the ho­tel and the at­tached Ci­ty­gate Mall. In­ter­na­tional brands in­clud­ing Burberry, Coach, Bally, Laura Ash­ley and Nike didn’t stand a chance.

I off­loaded my bags in my room, charged my cam­era and fresh­ened up for my fi­nal Hong Kong ad­ven­ture – a trip to Dis­ney­land.

I’d timed it per­fectly as by 4pm the crowds had thinned. With my Min­nie Mouse ears firmly in po­si­tion, it was time to get caught up in all things Dis­ney. From Magic Moun­tain to the gi­ant teacups and the new Toy Story Land, I didn’t stop laugh­ing. The writer was a guest of Cathay Pa­cific.

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