Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Hong Kong
The next day was another travel day. The plan was to fly from Nanchang to Guangzhou and then take a "bullet train" (in quotes because it wasn't fast at all, just a regular train) to Hong Kong where we would call for the hotel shuttle to come pick us up.

After some confusion on my part about where the shuttle would pick us up and finally paying a "cab" way too much money to drive us, we arrived at our hotel. Yay!

HK felt like such a relief after mainland China: no more "great firewall of China" so we could access the internet, all the signs are in English, no more crazy traffic. HK is just really easy.

The plan for the first day was to go to the Big Buddha at Ngong Ping. I think you can take a bus there but the fun way to do it is to take the cable car. They have two kinds a standard one and the "crystal cabin" which is basically the same thing I guess except the floor is glass so you can see down. Georgie chose the crystal cabin so off we went! Its a beautiful 25 minute ride that travels above the ocean and up over the hilltops. G was thrilled!

Getting up to the Big Buddha (Tian Tan Buddha) requires a walk of 268 steps. By this point in the trip we were like... STEPS!! More steps?? But, it was worth it :-)  After spending a few hours poking around, having a snack and trinket shopping we decided to call it a day with a simple dinner at Pizza Hut!! Like most American restaurants in China the food was somewhat similar but the experience not quite the same. The pizza was pretty great though!

This is about 5-10 mins into the ride. The cable car started way down at those buildings on the right. So neat!

Georgie got really excited when she saw the Buddha.

we were looking around and all of a sudden this random cow came walking past. I'm not sure where it came from and I'm not sure where it was going. There was no one around but the cow didn't seem at all confused.

I cannot even begin to describe how hot it was. I think it was like 95 degrees with what felt like 100% humidity. So sweaty. Every time we came across one of the a/c units we were so thankful.

This is one of my favorite, not Georgie, pix from the whole trip!


That's one really big Buddha :-)

So many steps!

Georgie's informal photo session. She's such a ham!

There was a whole store of Lucky Cat stuff. Georgie spent FOREVER in there. She was in heaven.

The views were beautiful.

some of the more interesting Pizza Hut offerings: hot dog with peanut butter toast?? wings, fries and peanut butter toast? this isn't the kids menu either.

The view from our hotel window. You'd think being SO close to the airport it would be noisy but we couldn't hear a thing.

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