People, I lied to you. Not on purpose of course but I did lie. When I said Hong Kong was like New York on steroids what I meant was Hong Kong is like New York on steroids if New York was in San Francisco.
Holy Hills Batman. Yep, apparently when it’s dark out you don’t see the hills around this place. And by hills I mean small mountains. I now know why the Chinese are so freaking tiny as a people. All they eat is rice and then they climb massive hills all day walking around town. If I stay here much longer I swear I will be 5’2″ and weigh 100 lbs. Could be a new diet plan.
Great day so far in Hong Kong. My friend is working so I’m on my own. Woke up at 4am wide awake (still getting used to the whole 12 hours ahead thing).
Did the Peak which is basically a trolley car up to the mountain. Not this trolley car you see to the left but A trolley car. I couldn’t take the picture of the actual trolley car b/c the Peak is also known as the World’s Steepest Trolley car and I was too busy trying to not slide to the back of the trolley to be bothered with things like pictures.
At 1 point i was at a 90 degree angle. Wasn’t scary but not exactly a relaxing ride up either and hard to take pics from that angle.
Other than the steepness; I was pretty unimpressed but then again it was overcast so you couldn’t see much. On a clear day, I’m sure views are amazing. On today, the view is like this
Still not bad. No complaints here. I’m digging Hong Kong.
Next stop. Po Lin Monastary. Via cable car. Cable cars in general make me nervous. Why? B/c let’s face it if they fall of the cable you are most likely dead. I usually approach cable cars with a “close my eyes until we get there” type of approach.
While in line, I met 2 friends Steve and Brian. They are pilots on Alaska Airlines. Not sure why they wanted to become BFF’s with me but BFF’s we did become. I only mention them b/c it’s because of them I chose the Crystal gondola aka glass bottom. Glass. Bottom. Normally, i’d just take the one with a solid floor b/c i’m slightly afraid of heights but oh no, they wanted to glass bottom ones and I wanted these random guys approval for some reason, so that’s what we took.
Here is a picture of our feet:
Trust me when I say it was a long way down. And it was windy. And I felt a little sick to my stomach. And it’s not a short trip to a monastery. Apparently, they like to build monasteries in secluded places.
I was in that glass bottom gondola of death for over 30 min. I was not a super big fan of Steve & Brian at this point. In additon to their bad choice of gondolas they also have no photography skills. When we finally found Buddha (enter sarcasm here as this HUMONGOUS statue is a little hard to miss. You can see it for miles away) this is the photo Steve got of me with the Buddha.
Um, he was literally standing like 30 feet away from me. And the statue is GINORMOUS. How could you not get both me & it in the same frame? And did he purposely zoom in and blur my face? I think he did. Anyway, i had to ask some Chinamen to get a real photo I could actually show to people.
In addition to the Giant Buddha, the Monastery is home to some giant incense as well.
Have you ever in your life seen incense this big? I think not. Again, everything on steroids on top of a hill.
Well, Day 1 is about done. There’s only so much giant incense and Buddha statues a girl can handle in one day. Off to meet my friend for dinner and then heading to Macau.