The next 24 hours
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.