Started the morning off with the traditional Hong Kong breakfast… DIM SUM!!! Coming from the dim sum capital of the United States (ask anyone who knows anything about dim sum and they will tell you that the San Gabriel Valley in Southern California is home to the best dim sum), I had some pretty high expectations of the dim sum in Hong Kong. And it did not disappoint! We ate to our hearts’ content – even the waiters and waitresses were shocked.
We then took the subway to Wong Tai Sin Temple in Kowloon. Lots of cool things to see at Wong Tai Sin. Side note: subways in Hong Kong are so clean. Nothing at all like the subways in New York.
After a bit of very touristy-sightseeing at Wong Tai Sin (including selfie stick pictures of the whole family), we took the subway to Lantau Island. Here, we had our first Starbucks trip in Asia. Verdict: not gucci. Not strong enough, and far too expensive (coffee was $4 for a tall… what). We took a bus up to Ngong Ping, which is up in the hills of Lantau Island. On top of this hill are the Po Lin Monastery and the Big Buddha.
We visited the Po Lin Monastery first, where we had lunch. My favorite part of the monastery was the Great Hall of Ten Thousand Buddhas. All gold everything, all gold everywhere.
We then walked over to the mountain where the Tian Tan Buddha (the Big Buddha) sits. The statue is over 100 feet tall, so it’s definitely one of the biggest Buddha statues out there. You have to climb a bunch of steps (I lost count after 200) to get to the top, but it’s well worth it! …it also shows you how out of shape you are after not exercising for a week…
By mid-late afternoon, we headed back down the mountain. Airport time! Our flight to Yangon leaves in a couple of hours, so we are all chillin in the waiting area in the Hong Kong airport. Maybe I’ll go get some boba or some popcorn chicken…
Overall thoughts on Hong Kong: I think it’s an interesting place. It’s kind of a bummer that we were only around for a day; I wish we could have spent more time here. We only hit up a couple of big touristy places, so I’d like to come back and see the other parts of the island (Causeway Bay, Victoria Peak, etc). But overall a positive experience here. Next stop: Yangon!