Sunday, September 11, 2011

Hong Kong: The Peak and the Buddha

Victoria Peak or the Peak is a mountain top just west of the city center.  You can take a bus or a strange tram to get to the summit of the mountain where you can find a great view of Hong Kong, shopping mall and a Burger King.
Looking over the back of the mountain, you can see out into the East Lamma Channel and the South China Sea.
All over the Peak (and China) are cute lion statues.  Here are a few looking out over Hong Kong.
I guess they are actually looking away from Hong Kong, more towards the South China Sea.
The tram down the side of the mountain is less on rails and more pulled by a rope.  The angle is about 12 degrees down, kind of a strange feeling.
The Tian Tan Buddha or the big Buddha made of bronze, also atop a mountain.  One way to get there is to take the ropeway.  Below you can see the cars of the ropeway out over a channel.
It's actually kind of scary, it seems extra far between pillions that holds up the rope way.
As the car travels around the mountain, you eventually get to a clearing and see the big Buddha.
This Buddha looks old, but construction started in the early 90's and completed in 1993.
Asia loves stairs.  Although the ropeways gets you 98% of the way there, you still have to walk 100's of stairs before getting close the the Buddha.
This statue was the tallest-outdoor-bronze-seated Buddha in the world, but this is no longer the case.
Around the base of the Buddha are bunch of other Buddha's.
The Buddha's symbolises the harmonious relationship between man and nature, people and religion.
Returning to the base of the mountain, you get a better idea how many stairs it took to get to the top of the mountain.
The ropeway also goes over people fishing or catching something in the water.

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