Vienna Hotel Shenzhen Hua'Nan Cheng
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... fountain. We even had fun trying to get a picture of a silly Chinese girl with a "Made by Satan" shirt. Viola was happy to try the games in the (free) video arcade. Then we headed for our room to get ready for a big day in the park tomorrow. First, Viola is getting done-up at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and then we hope there isn't a typhoon delay in the park. Hopefully it's just a bit of ...
... a night.
Saturday 27th December
Today we headed to Lantau on the MTR where we boarded for the 30 minute cable car ride up to see the Big Buddha and a visit to the Monastery. The weather managed to clear up enough for us to be able to see the Buddha, which was lucky as when we were heading back down on the cable car the fog and clouds rolled back in. After a quick look around the shops it was back to the hotel to ...
... which I have never experienced. Duck is pretty gamey, but if done correctly, is very lovely and delicate. The chef is very artistic, making a show of carving paper thin slices for us. You don't have to eat the duck, as there were other choices for people. Some people were very pickey about what they ate, but we decided to try and give everything a go (except chicken feet!, just kidding, saw them in the markets!). The duck soup (I think made out of duck fat, I could not manage, ...
... to Lantau island - Big buddha, Tai O
A train from Central will take you to the cable car terminal onto Lantau Island in about 30-40 minutes. (It is also the train to Hong Kong Disneyland so it is rammed with small children, so be prepared!)
We had hoped to get the cable car, but the ticketing system was extremely disorganised and the wait 2 hours long, so we decided to catch the bus instead which was only slightly less painfully organised but was only $35 ...
... on display. The vegetarians looked straight ahead. Next was the street of Chinese medicines, glass jars of smaller dried bits of animals filled the shop windows. On to Hollywood Road, the antiques district and the Mang Mo Temple. The atmosphere was thick with incense from burning joss sticks but the temperature inside was not as hot as it had been. Heath and Safety rules have put and end to the burning cauldron for offerings to the gods. There is now a gas incinerator ...