hi all, hope you're all well :)
we're on our second proper day in hong kong and just htought we'd give you a quick update...
the first night was a bit of a culture shock, thought busy city, might be comparqable to london, it is, except people here are far more pushy, everyone wants you to stay in their hostel and can't take no very easily, we soon got past this though. had a bit of a whoopsy and lost my phone so anybody that was hoping for a text... don't! haha.
that evening we just went for some food had a look around and got a shower and some sleep as we were still mega knackered from the journey - 11 hours is a long time to sit in one place, but the fdlight was all good. on our first night we had a lovely bowl of mixhinesse dishes and a disgusting bowl of chicken feet, we wanted to try them but will certainly not be going back for more!
Yesterday was an awesome day, we went over to hong kong island on the star ferry and then straight over to discovery bay (this is where i would live if i moved over here for sure!) from here we went up to tung chung and then got in a cable cart up to Po Lin, the cable cart was an adventure in itself, the scenery was amazing, loads of mountains which i must admit i didn't expect at all! once we got to Po Lin our first mission was to find the big buddha as pictured above - when i say big i mean 250 tonnes of iron and sat on the top of a hill. it is an awesome site, we climbed up to the top and the detial on him is astounding, you'll see plenty of pics of the adventure as soon as i can upload the pics.
after checking out Buddha we went to the monastery and took a look around. they're fans of incense... the buildings were lovely and the little Buddha temples are so p[retty, the ceiling is all highly decorated and the wall hangings are beautiful, such bright colours and intricate detail.
after wandering around the monastery we walked the wisdom path before making our way back to Hong Kong Island. When we got there we stopped for some nosh and went to peak tower where we'd hoped to see the symphonyof lights, long and short of it, it was too foggy, we're hoping to catch it otnight though from Tsim Tsa Tsui (chim cham choi). after that we came back to kowloon and walked along the promenade, an awesome way to check out all the lights of Hong Kong Islan, don't worry we've got plenty of pics of that too, though if anybody could tell me the best setting for my camera at night for lights that'd be great (pls dad) as i forgot the instruction book (sorry uncle mike haha!) we walked for ages before settling back into the room and freshening up. oh yeah just before we got back on the star ferry there was a man playing bagpipes...? didn't know they were into that here!
that's as brief a description as i could get in, got to press save now coz the comp is very slow and only 5 mins left, you'll get the idea a bit more once the pics come on i['m sure :)
take care all