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Part 16: Oh Tai O!

Part 1: When You Wake Up at 3 AM for a 6 AM Flight…
Part 2: Only 18 Hours to Go
Part 3: How to See Angkor Wat
Part 4: The Many Faces of Bayon
Part 5: Trees Galore!
Part 6: Cambodia’s Floating Villages
Part 7: View from the Top
Part 8: The Children of Cambodia
Part 9: When Politics Ruins Your Plans
Part 10: Biking with Monkeys in Thailand
Part 11: Welcome to Hong Kong!
Part 12: Exploring Hong Kong by Day
Part 13: Exploring Hong Kong by Night
Part 14: Climbing the Mid-Levels
Part 15: View from the Top of Lantau Island

After our morning visit to Ngong Ping and the Big Buddha, we took a bus down the mountain to the western edge of Lantau Island to a small sea-side fishing village, Tai O.

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Tai O is poor. There’s no nice way of saying it, and the change from the bustling wealth of central Hong Kong is stark. But Tai O is also beautiful in its decline, especially at sunset. The native Tanka people built their homes on stilts, much like the floating villages we toured in Cambodia. We jumped on an overpriced tour boat to get a view from the water. It was worth it.

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After our boat tour – on which we saw whales! – we strolled around the town. I love this shot.

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Why not use a hanger to hang your dead fish? Seems like a perfectly good use of a hanger to me.

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And finally, my favorite type of photos: sunset pictures. But can you blame me? Look at these!

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Part 15: View from the Top of Lantau Island

Part 1: When You Wake Up at 3 AM for a 6 AM Flight…
Part 2: Only 18 Hours to Go
Part 3: How to See Angkor Wat
Part 4: The Many Faces of Bayon
Part 5: Trees Galore!
Part 6: Cambodia’s Floating Villages
Part 7: View from the Top
Part 8: The Children of Cambodia
Part 9: When Politics Ruins Your Plans
Part 10: Biking with Monkeys in Thailand
Part 11: Welcome to Hong Kong!
Part 12: Exploring Hong Kong by Day
Part 13: Exploring Hong Kong by Night
Part 14: Climbing the Mid-Levels

Seeing the Tian Tin Buddha (AKA the Big Buddha) on Lantau Island is another popular Hong Kong tourist attraction, kind of like seeing the Statue of Liberty when you visit New York City. It’s not necessarily the most riveting activity, but it’s the sort of thing you have to check off your tourist must-do list.

So how could we not go?

Plus, the trip to Lantau is an easy half-and-hour subway ride. Just take the orange line until the last stop. Once you leave the subway station, you won’t be able to miss the massive cable cars that carry passengers high above the water to the top of Ngong Ping. For far less money, you can hop on a bus as it winds it way up the mountain, but riding the cable car at least once is another tourist box begging to be checked off.

The views were beautiful, all be it, slightly nausea-inducing.

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You can see the Big Buddha right away. It is 112 feet tall, perched on a stand that is exactly 268 steps above the ground.

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Ngong Ping is also home to the Po Lin Monastery, built in 1920.

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We fulfilled our tourist duty and climbed up the 268 steps to to the top of the Buddha. The views were beautiful.

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If you’re not into Buddha or monasteries, you can also check out the Wisdom Path. A pleasant 15 minute walk takes you to a sculpture of giant wood columns arranged in the shape of an infinity symbol featuring the words of a famous Buddhist classic called the Heart Sutra.

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