Today was hands down our craziest day in HK.
We’ve been itching to go hiking and exploring in new parts of HK, so with some research, I suggested a hike from Tung Chung, in Lantau Island, to the Big Buddha.
Of course, what I expected to be a straightforward three-hour hike turned into much more.
You see, since the Big Buddha, one of the most popular tourist attractions in HK, is in the mountains, hiking there from civilization requires going up mountains. Many of them.
Normally, tourists take either the popular Ngong Ping 360* cable car or a bus. But we went hardcore.
It was a tough journey, but so unbelievably satisfying at the end. I still can’t believe we made it through the ascent, but we did it in 2.5 hours.
I’m so tired right now, both mentally and physically, so I’ll leave you with our journey, through pictures (lots of them!) and captions.
A post-cycling, pre-hiking matcha bubble tea
In Tung Chung, where there was obviously a giant mall
And many high-rise apartments
How the locals save electricity
A bay, right before we got miserably lost
Until this kind biker (and speedy walker) showed us the way
Past a small monastery
To the base of the mountain—part 1 of our journey took us to the peak
Over a river
And through the woods
To the Ngong Ping 360 Rescue Trail
And our rude awakening—unrelenting steps…
Pretty daisies—before I was too tired to notice anything but the burn in my legs
We thought we were high—we had no idea
Right underneath the cable cars—how the
smart lazy people traveled
Looking down is not for the faint of heart—it’s a long way…
So glad to finally go down steps
A change of scenery
Watching planes take off from HK Int’l Airport is great during rest breaks
I thought we just climbed steep trails…?
But evidently they weren’t steep enough
Steep, like climbing a ladder…
The final (and most painful) set of stairs
And yet there is so much more to go
We found some docile wild dogs
And envied their relaxed and carefree lives
Glaring at the sweat-less cable car riders, as they marveled at our
Over the hill—we finally spotted Big Buddha, can you?
A zoomed in shot of hope on the horizon
As we prayed to arrive before sunset
Arrival at Ngong Ping—after 30 minutes of grateful downhill walking
A touristy town—overtaken by the cable car line
We are so close!
At the gate
Po Lin Monastery
The final hurrah!—our very last set of stairs for the day, right before closing time
Tired but awestruck
A big welcome
Winding stone pathways
Complete serenity and calm at the top—overlooking the ocean
Pops of springtime color, on Easter Sunday
Wesley’s new friend—shy and reserved
Until another friend comes along
Walking together in the sunset
Heaven—after a long day of hiking
Too many options, but carbs are always a good choice
The essential condiments
Wesley—Thai beef chili, rice, fried egg
Liv—wontons and egg noodle, spicy