Monks as monkeys and forgotten rainbows
Trip Start Feb 18, 2010
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Because the flight isn't until much later, we keep our plans to visit the Ten thousand Buddhas monastery in ShaTin. This is in the new territories which is a bit further out there and a lot more rural. After we got off the train we had no idea which direction to head in, but miraculously after a few minutes of wandering, we find ourselves on the right path. It must have been the Buddhas helping us.
As we walk up the many steps toward the monastery we are accompanied by life-size, gold-painted statues of monks (or buddhas) on each side.
Yes! Wild macaques are swinging around on bamboo in the surrounding forest, jumping from statue to statue, stealing the fruit offerings that people have left. Could these be reincarnated monks looking after their monastery?
Up top there are more, smaller structures that hold the ashes of random deceased people who have paid a nice$price to rest here. Each little Buddha is painted on a door that opens on to a panel with the persons name, picture, and some descriptive writing that I don't understand.
And up at the very top at the base of a small waterfall, is a gigantic white sculpture of Guan Yin, the goddess of Mercy.
After taking the bus and train back towards our hood (a getting a little lost), we sit in Kowloon Park one last time before packing up our bags.
We get to the airport around midnight (and pretty tired at this point), which is totally empty considering its one of the largest and busiest airports in the world. Board our flight on Cebu Pacific and take off to the Philippines....