(This is a continuation to my EC In HK series, you can check out the first installment of the series here)
Our immersion trip to HK was more than just lessons and collecting information for our respective E-book project. We had a day set aside specifically for a local tour. We basically toured around HK, from Sheung Wan to Sai Wan Ho to Lantau Island.
Ok. not really around HK, but it least we had the central part and the outlying island covered.
We set off at around 9am on a coach which brought us from Kowloon Tong, across Victoria Harbour, to Hong Kong Island. It was evident that the whole lot of us were burned out from the past 5 days of activities. Almost all of us were making use of the travelling time to get some much-needed nap.
The journey seems an eternity but for those who were deep asleep, it seems short.
DESTINATION 1: HERITAGE ALONG WING LEE STREET
The bus parked near Wing Lee Street for us to alight and for us to make way up a diabolical set of stairs.
They say HK is the Land of Dim Sum, well while I do recognise this fact, I need to include another fact: HK is simultaneously the Land of Hills and Slopes. You can imagine how people like me who used to carry too many things everywhere had to climb up slopes after slopes, stairs after stairs. It’s like a tortoise trying to compete in the Swissotel Vertical Marathon.
|UP THE STAIRS: The whole lot of us climbed out the stairs to get to our destination.|
Wing Lee Street is located in Sheung Wan, near to the Former Hollywood Road Police Married Quarters – a Grade III historic building gazetted by the Antiquities and Monuments Office. The tour guide – yes, the school actually got us a tour guide to bring us around – brought us up Wing Lee Street to see the 1960s style of building. Dubbed as the ‘Seediest Street in Hong Kong’, the entire street is filled with old buildings which make it looks like the entire street has been frozen back in time.
|AN INDICATION: Outside the residence at 10 Wing Lee Street|
|SMILE: When you see chiobu, just smile.|
|WHEN THE GUYS GO MATCHING ON: The guys from my course, but Zeliang was missing from this picture.|
It definitely looks like a long journey from one end of Hong Kong to the other end, covering the three main parts that made up the entire Hong Kong SAR: Hong Kong Island, New Territories and Lantau Island. And not surprising, most of us spend the entire on the bus napping.
|LAND OF THE BUDDHA: We were greeted by this paifang as we entered the Ngong Ping Village in Lantau.|
I shall live a day as a vegetarian since I was in such a holy compound. There were definitely a lot of choices to choose from at the vegetarian shop located in the monastery. Although I only got myself a plate of bee hoon (if I did not remember wrongly), I managed to try out the other kind of food that were available there, thanks to those whom I was seating with at that time. I had Huiqi, Jonathan, Rebecca and Ang Ling seated alongside me at the round table and apparently they got too much food their stomach could handle.
And here I go, free food. 😀
After lunch, Rebecca was, as usual, lazy to walk up the stairs. She was accompanied by Ang Ling, who had come to this place before, at the foot of the small hill while the other three of us went up to take a closer look at the main attraction of the place – the Tian Tan Buddha, or otherwise known as the Big Buddha.
|SCENERY OF HILLS: I just love this background a lot. You can’t get this in Singapore.|
After climbing a total of 268 steps, we finally reached the ‘summit’ of the hill and got to meet Buddha. Hello, Big Buddha. I finally get to see you.
It sounded like we were on a short pilgrimage.
|THE SHADES OF HONOUR: Because we swag. (From left: Huiqi, Jon, me)|
|YOU JUMP, I JUMP… NOT: Disgusting things we do, I am so sorry.|
So he posed like a swag.
|PROJECT RUNWAY: They were so willing to pose for a photo together. (From left: Siqi, Lisha, Emi)|
|CAN WE DEFEAT THOSE STRESS: No doubt that the HK trip might be a little stressful, but we knew how to have fun when it was time to have fun.|
|ALL KUNG-FU FIGHTING: Alright, Jon. You’ve won the best kungfu stance award for that day.|
|WHY KICK WHEN YOU CAN SPLIT: So Siqi did the impossible, a front split. Damn all these flexibilities.|
|NATURE’S PARADISE: I swear I could just build a house here and staty here forever.|
|WALKING INTO THE UNKNOWN: There was so much uncertainty at that point in time I swear. I was doubting if it was safe enough to prevent anyone from falling down the freaking cliff.|
|RISKING LIFES TO TAKE PHOTO: I was praying that no one sacrificed just to have this taken.|