We visited the Po Lin Monastery and the largest Buddha statue in the world. Later that day we took the Ngong Ping Cable Cars back to one of the many modern subway stations. We then headed back into the bustling city and ended our day in Hong Kong’s SoHo.
Below are photos of the monastery. The photos of the giant Buddha and Ngong Ping will follow in a separate entry.
Our second day started out at one of the many piers down at Hong Kong’s harbour. We took a 45-minute ferry ride across the huge bay towards Lan Tau Island. This is the famous Star Ferry Pier.
The main gateway to the Po Lin Monastery.
Once we passed the gateway, we reached a big plaza from where we saw the giant Buddha sitting on top of the mountain.
The world’s largest Buddha sits atop the mountain behind George and I. Later we would climb those stairs to get to the top. There are no escalators or elevators. Many elderly Chinese women were almost in better shape than we were trying to walk up those stairs.
George in front of the smaller shrine of the monastery. You need to pass through here first before reaching the square in front of the big temple.
One of many big bells in the monastery. All the offerings consisted of fresh fruits and more flowers. Why does only Buddha get all the good stuff?
These stone plate inscriptions could be found all over the area. Does anyone know what this particular one says?
The three golden Buddhas inside the main temple. This building is so richly appointed with art that one doesn’t even know where to look first.
The giant Buddha as seen from the temple. It was our next destination. More photos of that in the next entry...