HK D4 - Lantau

Trip Start Nov 09, 2012
Trip End May 31, 2013

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Where I stayed
St. Davis
What I did
lantau peak
Hong Kong cable cars

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

This was the day I had been looking forward to the entire
trip, and it didn't let me down. We started the day by Julie offering to take
us swimming at the Hong Kong Cricket Club, which turns out is a bit like David Lloyd
but way better. So we went and it had a 25m outside swimming pool and sun
bathed as it was about 25 degrees. Then we heard about the Jacuzzi’s and
sauna' we spent a while there. This place had a cricket pitch, tennis
courts on its roof and just loads of facilities.

We left around 1ish to we could head to Lantau; we caught a ferry about 4 and
arrived in Lantau. However when we got there we had missed the last bus and the
place we were at was really deserted. Luckily after about 20mins of asking
random people who didn’t speak English we found a phone number and were able to
get a taxi to our hostel. We were driving there and suddenly the driver turned
and we had come off a main road and onto an eerie tiny footpath style road
(this was the start of what Abby calls China style wolf creek - which is a
horror film). So we got to the hostel and it was illustratively spooky, it was
a massive house, a bit run down, in the middle of nowhere and had this creepy
old guy who freaked Abby out. After dinner (I cooked again), and the girls
running I don't know how many horror scenarios with each other we hit the hay
as we set our alarms for half 3 so we could see the sun rise over Lantau peak.
We were woken up at about 9.30 by a girl across the hall that was from HK and
wanted to join us going up the mountain; she was stereotypically Chinese and
was quite annoying!

We woke up at half 3, bleary eyed and sluggish but set off by 4. We weren’t
100% sure where we were going and were walking through the dark, but we managed
to find our way to the trail we had to follow. It was a lot of steps (Abby and
Molly thought complaining about them would help ;)) and it was very tiring,
plus we couldn’t see much as it was pitch black. While we were climbing (the
girl didn’t join us in the end) a Buddhist monastery started their morning
prayers - it sounded a bit like Dory in finding nemo trying to speak whale - So
naturally I was imitating them which caused endless laughter / the girls
laughing at me! Abby added to her horror fantasy saying it sounded like a sacrificial

We got to the peak at half 5, where there was lots of people with camera's and
an absailer, they gave us some hand warmers and were really nice, the peak was
934m. It started getting light at 6.10 and the sun rose about 6.30. But it was
so cloudy we couldn't see much. Although this sounds disappointing the walk
back down was spectacular! The sun revealed these amazing views of small towns
and the giant bronze budda as part of the landscape, it's quite hard to describe
but I took lots of pictures! Abs and I sort of bounded down the mountain but
Molly in here usual style was very cautious as she is known to trip a bit...
haha. We had a lot of fun doing this, I think it was a great experience that we
won’t forget.

Once we got back down we went to check out the touristy bit of the island, like
the budda, wisdom path and the Buddhist monastery. It was built up in a really American
way, like Disney land style, it even had its own theme song...But it was all
shut until about 10 so we decided to take the cable car home as we were so tired
and hungry, again the cable car let us see HK from another amazing angle and
was really fun. The girls still find the whole thing quite haunting! But we got
home and just crashed for the rest of the day.

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