Happy 4th of July...Lantau Island 38

Mona Pendleton | Sunday, July 4, 2010 @ 8:00 AM |

Hi Everyone! Happy Independence Day to all celebrating in the USA! My husband & I spent the day traveling to Beijing from Hong Kong. I wanted to share some photos from a day trip that we took to Lantau Island, Hong Kong. After taking about an hour bus ride to Lantau Island, we took a gondola lift ride up the mountain to where the Po Lin Monastery & the Tian Tan Buddha is located.This is a picture of the Tian Tan Buddha as seen from the gondola lift window. It is quite fascinating!Once you arrive, you can either take a tour bus which drives you to the base of the statue or you have to climb up the 268 steps. I have to admit, we were on a tour that took us to the top :) The Tian Tan bronze Buddha statue is enormous in size - 112 feet tall & weighs 280 short tons! The photo below is a temple located near the Buddha statue.The inside of the temple is quite ornate, colorful & full of the aroma of burning incense.
Located on Lantau Island is the 300 year old Chinese fishing town called Tai O.

Here you can find many homes built on stilts out in the water.

Here's a peek of a local fish market street - can you smell the aroma? We weren't brave enough to taste any local food but thoroughly enjoyed the experience of seeing all the kind & friendly people.

Thanks so much for sharing my trip photos :) It's been quite an interesting day & evening...Off to explore the 3,000 year old Forbidden City & Tiananmen Square here in Beijing tomorrow. Hope you have a great day! Be Sweet!

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38 Sweet Comments So Far:

Julie Ranae said...

Always so nice to see where you are : ) Miss you here in the US this 4th! Stay safe and enjoy!

sweet craf-tea chick said...

amazing amazing photos, mona! thank you so much for sharing them with us! the buddha is very big! wowee, that's some hike! looks like you're having wonderful travels! take care and happy 4th! *hugs* steph :)

kyanos said...

thank you so much for sharing your travels with us... it seems like we are traveling across China with you, too!!! and I'm looking forward to see your future creations:)!!!!

Ros said...

Happy 4th July to you... Your pictures are brilliant! No way I could walk those steps!!!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Interesting pictures, I've been to Hong Kong 3 times but never been to Lantau Island, thanks for sharing, maybe I'll do that next time! Happy 4th!

Andrea M said...

Wow! Amazing! Enjoy the rest of your vacay!!! Gorgeous pics too :)

Claire Brennan said...

Oh WOW!!! have a fabby time!

Mara... said...

Wow, Mona! I love all the photos. That huge Buddha is sooo cool. Keep enjoying vacation and keep sharing photos with us. Happy July 4th to you!!

Kerry said...

Wow, more amazing photos! These are gorgeous! What a different culture! Thanks for sharing these! Keep having fun!

KathyJ (Wattle) said...

Happy 4th to you!!! Looks to me like you are having an awesome time on your vacation!!! So many interesting sights to see!!! Looking forward to the next installment!! :)

Sammye Jo said...

Loving all your pics!!! Safe travels!!!

Annette Bowes said...

Wonderful photos Mona, I have never seen so many high rises, that sure is a big Budha, inside the temple is just beautiful. Happy Belated Birthday Wishes, take careX:)

Cheryl Love said...

OMG! These pictures are so fascinating! This place looks magical! Thanks for sharing them and explaining them so well! I really would love to travel there someday!

Ann said...

Fabulous photos - you surely are having a wonderful trip Mona! Thanks so much for sharing your photos here! Travel safely!

Kathryn B said...

Wow! Thanks for sharing your pictures Mona! Looks like you are having a wonderful time. Happy belated Birthday!!! What a way to spend it! ;0)

Davi said...

Fantastic sights...and what fun to experience all of that! The size of the statue and all those steps are amazing. Thanks for letting us all tag along. Im sure Beijing will be facinating! Enjoy and be safe.:)

Silvia said...

OMG more pictues!!! Thanks Mona for sharing them with all of us. Hope you had a fantastic fourth of July celebration.
Hugs,

Hilary said...

What beautiful photos of that lovely island! Mona, you are so sweet to share you vacation with us! It looks like you are having a great time! Hurry home and get creating!!! :)

Tina Mechum said...

Spectacular photos, Mona! That buddha is amazing! Wow, what an adventure! I'm extremely jealous! Thanks for sharing your trip with us!

JennyGerber said...

Totally amazing photos, Mona! What a great place to visit. That Buddha statue is tremendous! Looks like it was even and adventure to get to it! Your photos are so well done! TFS!

Carlie said...

Gorgeous photos! Your trip looks so breath taking, lucky girl! Thanks for showing these!

Stampin' Pam said...

Lovin; the photos from the trip - what a magnificent adventure. Love it = I love to travel even more than stamping so given a choice I'd be there with you guys right now. :-) Safe journeys - we must pick a date for our get together in Chicago. Not sure what days you'll be at CHA>
HUGS - have fun.

Tatanky said...

WOW it's all I can say.....so many steps...but the picture looks GREAT nice to see you so happy. Can't wait to see your pics from the old Forbidden City.

Ashley Cannon Newell said...

I can SO smell that market! One of the things that seems to stay with us from Thailand...the market and street smells!! Have fun, Mona!!

Kelly said...

Amazing and beautiful pictures! I pray for a safe trip for you and your DH!

Carol H said...

Looks like you guys are seeing some fantastic sites. I would love to travel to China but for now I'm living vicariously through your gorgeous photos! You're a doll to share with us!

Mercedes said...

Wow that Budda is huge! Great photos, Mona! Looks like an amazing vacation. You are so sweet to share!

HawaiiRenee said...

It's so nice of you to share your vacation with us! Your pictures are amazing! That Buddha is massive! The people look like ants next to it! What a wonderful experience you are having! Can't wait to see more! TFS!
Aloha,
Renee

Tumbleweed said...

Grreat photos Mona! What an exciting experience! Thanks for sharing!

Linda Robinson said...

Thank you so much for sharing your photos... It looks like you are having a great time! Can't wait to see more!

Makiko Jones said...

Looks like one awesome trip you are taking, Mona!! Thanks for sharing those beautiful photos!!

Barbara said...

Mona, I love your beautiful photos of China! What a wonderful trip! I bet you have experienced some special things! Thanks for sharing so much of yourself!

Jan Evans said...

Oh wow, what a splendid trip you are having! That big Buddha must have been breathtaking! Truly amazing! TFS and stay safe!

Karen said...

What a fantastic trip, Mona! Thanks for sharing your pictures. My brother started his summer travels in China (by now he should be at the Everest Base Camp), but he never sends back pics (kind of makes his scrapbooking & curious sister a bit crazy, right?!). Soooo...thank you for taking us along! Have a wonderful time! :>

Carol Reisner said...

What beautiful places you are visiting! I love that huge Buddha statue! Wow! Stay safe!

Velta said...

Oh Shoot...I left a comment...and it got ruined...anyhoo...gorgeous photos...Thank you for sharing

Velta said...

Oh my...I can tell you are having a fab time...your photography is amazing girl...thank you for sharing...makes me feel like I have been watching a move :) Stay Safe !

Silke Ledlow said...

Oh my goodness I totally missed the awesome photos Mona!!! WOW these are some really cool sites to visit!!! Glad you all had such a fun time!!! ~S~


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