This is another bit of Hong Kong I've never seen before, but usually one of the main attractions for tourists. The big buddha is exactly what it sounds like: an impressively large buddha comparatively recently erected at the site of an ancient temple, around which a Disneyland of piped Chinesesque music, Japanese chopsticks shops and Starbucks has grown. Incense is available in RMB, and there is a massive almost-convincing Bodhi tree made out of plastic. I can highly recommend it to anyone concerned with materialism, narcissism, capitalism or any of the other main tenets of classical buddhist teaching.
On the other hand the scenery is still great, and if you walk past Buddhaland to the 'wisdom path' things improve (although there are still inexplicable soft drinks banners that seem to date from the 80s). The temple itself and the vegetarian food are both very pleasant, and the cable car ride is fun too, but there's a lot of queuing involved (and they will twice try to take and sell you a picture of yourself.)
Apparently it’s a ‘thing’ to be photographed lying on the see through floor of a cable car. This old lady from Shanghai was pretty relaxed about it.
More cable cars and fog.
The big buddha looking big. I haven’t included any of the usual shots, because I really failed to transcend the average tourist picture. I prefer this one.
Great colours on the temple roof.
It was tempting
More of the colourful temple roof.
Ten thousand buddhas – well, close enough.
A nun, who shuffled away remarkably quickly into a ‘no photos’ area, so this was the only picture I got of her.
More incense than you can shake a stick at
I don’t know what this is, but I wish I’d had something longer than a 28mm lens to photograph it with.
Again, 28mm lens made things difficult, but this one was more friendly
Waiting for Godot
The Wisdom Path – with Lantau Peak behind
Shek Pik Reservoir panorama
More decaying remains of previous less successful attempts at the tourism business.
This is an abandoned restaurant which is kind of scary.
It’s amazing this still exists in an area that is so disneyfied – there are some abandoned village houses on the ‘wisdom path’ (sponsored by Coca-cola)
Some of the most recurrently useful pictures I have or of electrical appliances in a crazy state of decay. This air con unit adds nicely to the list.