Lantau Island is one of the islands reachable from Hong Kong by the MTR. It is a home to Tian Tian Buddha, “the biggest outdoor seated bronze Buddha” in the world. Next to it is Po Lin monastery, a peaceful and beautiful place. All this is surrounded by green hills and lush forests, perfect for hiking.
There is a cable car that takes you from the metro station to the Buddha in 25 minutes. The ride goes past sea and breathtaking landscapes of hills and forest. Remember to book in advance online as otherwise queues can be up to two hours. We thoroughly enjoyed the ride. And even some hikers underneath us.
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My first impression of Hong Kong was the impressive skyline that caught our attention already on our uber ride from the airport. Fleetingly it reminded me of New York. An island filled with skyscrapers.
Once we got out to explore the city, I saw few post boxes and double decker buses that reminded me of the UK. Curiously the block of flats where people live reminded me somewhat of Soviet Russia so in short Hong Kong is definitely a mix of many impressions to us. Read More »
One thing I must say about our stay in Taiwan – the weather has been really, really bad. We have spend almost 3 weeks here and we had rain or heavy clouds every single day. So consequently we haven’t seen the sun in weeks. Luckily Markus pointed out that this is the northernmost part of our travels in Asia so there is hope that the weather will get better as we move on tomorrow. Read More »
Great and cheap public transport
Moving around with metro is easy and cheap. It works really well, trains go every couple of minutes. Taipei has 5 metro lines, we have so far used 3 of them. I don’t know if that is the case with all the lines but we saw the other day that trains are actually automated, so going without a driver. The fare is calculated based on the distance travelled and the most we have paid for the journey to the other side of town was NTD36.
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To celebrate the fact that Markus fixed photo upload issue, this post will have lots of random photos of different meals we’ve had here. Not recommended for hungry people.
We are really growing to like the food here, though occasionally it is getting too exotic for our tastes. Generally it is heavily meat based and has a good mixture of spices. Stews are common where they put many different vegetables and almost always cabbage. And of course some meat (usually pork, at least I think so) and egg. The dishes almost always come with rice.
It is also surprisingly cheap, we realised that we are spending much less money here than on heavily touristy Boracay. Anyway, to food pics as promised. Read More »
We arrived here on Sunday and have really been excited and happy since then. First time we feel like we are experiencing something new and different. Life seems to be quite similar to that of Europe only that everyone speaks Chinese, there are Buddhist/Taoist temples instead of churches and food is exotic. Read More »