Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Dec 2012: Going to see the Biggest Buddha I have ever seen

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So I had some time before my flight to Malaysia so decided to pop around to see one of HK’s famous sights..Early morning…

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And the streets are almost empty, no signs of the teeming crowds that usually inhabit this area

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this was the most bizarre advertisement, what on earth is this?

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And then this chap sitting there doing??? photo 010-IMG_3372_zps60529da4.jpg

I pop into the underground train.

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And a rather nice trip out to the station…very nice, but they could have cleaned the damned windows…so very inconsiderate of my photography, grumbles!

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HK is a shopper’s paradise..when I emerge out of the tube station.

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Wow, I have to go up there?

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I move into the ropeway building.

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And you just don't think you are in HK. the image you have of HK is skyscrapers all over you but not these open skies, puffy clouds and mountains.

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And there’s my ride..

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I clamber on board

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And with a jerk, we are off

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We cross over a little inlet

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with the shadows of the cars on the green water..

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A little fishing boat on the water…bloody close to the shore, no? 

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And then the HK airport is visible..

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we come to a dog leg on the rope way

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We turn the corner and I see a glorious sight

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that’s where I came from

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Looking left

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Looking back in front

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Looking right

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And then up the mountain

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another view of the airport

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The beach..if one can call it that way, is rather interesting.

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you know what worries me? why the hell did they have to say that you cannot carry livestock???? :O who carried it before?

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The clouds are lowering..

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I am reaching the crest of this bit of the journey

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I realise that there is a little trek path below, which follows the route of the ropeway..

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I have now crossed the first peak and looking back at the harbour.  

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Very dramatic landscape

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The airport

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I am reaching another waystation..

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And I see the first view of the Giant Buddha

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A road with chunks bitten off the mountainside

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This are awesome views over the mountains

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Can you imagine such a landscape in the HK territory?

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that looks like a heart! lol

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I am getting close to him

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And I am there at the end of the journey

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What an amazing sight 

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there is a path to the Giant Buddha..through this infestation of tourist shops..

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Some of the names made me pause…

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Nice moon gate

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Here’s the path.

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And a fake Bodhi tree..

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One of the typical sign posts with China, USA, UK, South Africa….

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A beautiful gate..

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Now this is a meditation level I like

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So these generals line the path, they look fairly fierce..not something I would expect to see on a road leading to Buddha. So these are actually divine generals, each of the Twelve Divine Generals that guard the statue, symbolizes a different animal from the Chinese Zodiac, is armed with a particular weapon, and represents two distinct hours of the day. 

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Before one turns to the Buddha, there is this rather interesting pavilion lined with flags.

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And very stark landscapes.

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Very nice, I am sure there is a significance to this three tiered structure..

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Another gate to the monastery

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And there’s the Buddha.

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You are kidding me, I have to climb those stairs? Drag my carcass up that height? :o

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I put my first foot on this step and sigh….

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