Lantau Island can only be described as paradise in Hong Kong. It was by far one of the most incredible places I have seen there and I highly recommend it.
The Central Pier is located close to the harbour where the ferry to Lantau leaves.
Just a short ferry ride away from HK gets you to mountains, forests, beaches and sights.
And I am not sure if it is really paradise in Hong Kong but when we left from the city, the weather was miserable and by the time we got in the island the gods were smiling and and the sun was shining a lot. Yeah baby!
THE GIANT BUDDHA
One of the main sights of the island is without a doubt the giant Buddha and the constructions close to it. Prepare a bottle of water and good shoes because it is a steep climb.
A Buddhist monk had one of hardest devotion rituals I have witnessed in the trip. It consisted of him climbing the stair to the giant Buddha and on each and every step bowing, kneeling and placing his head on the floor then climbing to the next step and performing everything again.
By the way did I say that the gods were smiling and graced us with sun? Forget that, they were angry and punishing me for mocking all the non-stop rain we had in Hong Kong. It was so hot that was difficult to breath (remember that I live in Finland, so anything over 20 Celsius is considered scolding hot, unless it's sauna of course).
On the bottom of the hill there is also a temple that is worth checking, even though part of it was under construction.
I really like the flowers the people place as offerings for Buddha and there were so many of them.
THE WAY BACK
On the way out from Lantau Island we decided to take the cable car with a glass floor option, instead of the (boring) bus one. I guess I should have shaved my legs for the picture.
It was hard for me to show the size comparison of the Buddha statue but from far away the perspective is much more interesting.
We thought the price was a bit steep at first but when we saw the distance that it traveled we understood why. We traveled for so long and so far that it almost dropped me in my hotel lounge.
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Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M5
Lens: Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 and Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 12-50mm f3.5-6.3