My day on Lantau with a random tour guide

I didn’t have an itinerary planned on this trip so each day I’ll take it as it comes. I caught the MTR to Central saying farewell to Odead at Admiralty. While eating breakfast at McDonalds it was time to decide what to do. Wikitravel is a great travel resource for those who don’t have a Lonely Planet guide. It recommended a good day trip to Lantau, so I caught the ferry.

Turns out it’s a public holiday today so all the prices are more expensive. Coupled with the fact o caught the fast ferry rather than the slow ferry means I paid 40 HKD rather than 10 HKD. Still only 6 dollars is a good deal. While wandering around the fast ferry wondering if you can go outside, a woman told me this was not possible. We struck up a conversation and before you know it she was offering to tour me around Lantau Island.

Our first stop was the beaches around the ferry terminal. If all you’ve seen of Hong Kong is Hong Kong Island, then Lantau will be a whole new experience in relaxing and quiet. The white sand beaches were clean and inviting though bring winter the water was silly cold.

From here I headed with Clara to her friend’s place. This is where I lost my kidney. Jokes. We had a green tea with her best friend and then was played the Chinese Guitar. I also helped them with their email problem. Always on tech support.

Next we headed to the giant budda on the island. I must love giant buddas since I’m always seeing them. But first we had lunch at a Vegetarian restaurant run by the buddists. My guide paid for me which was amazingly nice, and we talked about how China is driven by economics rather than ethics. The soup reminded me of water vegetables had been boiled in, and the tea was pretty metallic, but I figured that’s what tea tastes like here.

Next was the budda itself. Only two hundred stairs to the base of the statue. It was slow going. Everything in Hong Kong is bilingual which its awesome. It’s like the China for foreigners. At the top we took some photos and looked at the awesome view over the islands.

Met a couple of foreigners on the bus, a German who had been studying for 6 years to become a lawyer, and a Japanese Architect who moved to Sendai after the earthquake to rebuild the city.

Next it was a stilt village to see how fisherman survive using ancient traditions. Evidently without refrigerators or health and safety concerns. But there are two ways to know your seafood is good to eat, it’s either still alive or dried. The smell was what you could imagine. The food, crazy. Who’s going to eat Starfish? Which bit is the tastiest? Alas I did not find out.

And that was it. We parted ways at Central station, with my promise to email her the photos of our day together.

I did but a Hong Kong sim card so finally I have data with me, the card is 88 HKD and 7 days of unlimited internet is 78 HKD.

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