Hong Kong, Day 1

Before leaving Korea in February, I decided to take a final trip, this time to Hong Kong. Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China, a true world city with a population of seven million. It is a city I had always been curious about, and my visit there did not disappoint. Despite some rather rude people and near constant harassment on the streets by salespeople (most of whom were selling fake watches, but some of whom were selling drugs), the city tops my list of the most beautiful Asian cities I have been to.

I spent four days traveling throughout the city with my friend Shonte. Our first stop was the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery, built by a single devout Buddhist layman who dedicated the last years of his life to constructing an elaborate temple containing nearly 13,000 statues of Buddha.

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Below the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery.

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The great turtle migration!

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Some of the statues at the monastery looked very Hindu, but they’re not.

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Incense sticks gave the place a pleasant aroma.

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Fish desperately gulping for water during a routine pool cleaning.

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The temple was full of rooms like this, in which each plaque is dedicated to a deceased family member.

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View of the city from the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery.

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The pathways up to the monastery.

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The many Buddhas lining the path. Each Buddha had a very unique character and facial expression.

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This guy was all decked out and looking very pompous.

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Loved this one.

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For some reason this reminded me of my grandfather…he he he.

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This tall chap didn’t want to get his robes wet.

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Very Hindu-looking.

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This reminded me a lot of the virgin and child.

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Statues in the forest overlooking the city.

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Turtles galore!

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This was a particularly remarkable statue.

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There were quite a few monkeys loitering about the monastery.

After visiting the monastery, we headed over to IFC Mall where we had a small dinner and enjoyed the fantastic view of the harbor from the roof.

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The streets outside Central station, near IFC Mall.

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A view of the harbor from the top of IFC Mall.

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Atop IFC Mall.

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Neat decorations inside IFC Mall.

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Our final stop for the day would be the famous Victoria Peak. Although our trek to the peak proved to take far longer than initially expected, the fantastic view of the skyline was worth it.

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On Victoria Peak.

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The classic nighttime view of Hong Kong’s skyline from Victoria Peak.

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My Hong Kong adventures continue on Day 2…

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