Hong Kong - Buddhism, Beaches, Typhoons and Shopping
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Hi, It has been hard to update the blog in Hong Kong. The wi-fi would not allow the upload of photos. Anyhow. We are now at the airport after 7 days spent in muggy, rainy Hong Kong. Before Typhoon Vincente hit on Monday night we had good weather. We took a trip to Lantau Island and visited the big Buddha. He was happy to see us and held one hand up and one down which meant 'no fear'. We had lunch in the monastery and then caught the fabulous cable car back home. That was fun. We also visited a small fishing village on the island. The fishermen and their families lived in dilapidated homes on the water. We went on a boat cruise around the village and it was definitely the other spectrum when compared to all the ritzy shops in Kowloon. We went to a fish market there and Lachlan bought some chop sticks from a nice old man. The government is addressing the issue and has built huge high-rise flats as homes for the families to live in. The children at the village attend the school that is funded by the Buddhist Monastery. Children from all over Hong Kong come here for school. Typhoon Vincente was so loud. It hit Hong Kong at around 11pm on Monday night. All the shops were closed by 7pm whilst everyone prepared for it. The MTR was jam-packed full of commuters travelling home before the Typhoon hit. It was categorized at no. 8 but then later it went to the highest category of 10. It lasted about three hours and belted our hotel room window (on 20th floor) so much we could see the window moving. The wind howled. In the morning it was reported that it was the worst typhoon they've had in 10 years and 50 people were injured by flying debris mainly. There were leaves and trees blown over and scaffolding and building mesh was blown about. It was exciting and we never felt scared knowing our hotel was recently built to withstand Typhoons. The weather after the typhoon has been sticky and muggy with rain each day. We were going to Disneyland but decided to give it a miss. We are all shopped out! If I see another Chanel, Prada, Versace, Armani or Rolex shop, I'll go mad. Buddha Quote: 'Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity."