Sunday, September 23, 2012

HK's NGONG PING Part 1


It was so nice to go back to HongKong again and explore more places. 

Ngong Ping was one place we visited which offered a lot of interesting things to see. It could be done in half a day but a little bit tiring as it requires a lot of walking. Though I suggest this be done on a full day to be able to visit everything and enjoy the weather, the environment away from the city, the culture, religious belief, etc. 

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What to do in Ngong Ping.
A bit hard to read sideways . . . ;P

We decided to go and do everything on the left first 
even though I am pointing at my right :)

It did not say "no planking"


Hmmm . . .  not sure what's written there. I just decided to do a jump shot instead.


I thought it was dead . . . just a dog napping


The TWELVE DIVINE GENERALS, The General Indra.
They represent the Chinese Zodiacs.


Their business hours


The TIAN TAN BUDDHA STATUE
The world's tallest seated outdoor bronze Buddha statue.

We saw this right away as soon as we stepped out of the bus (Mui Wo-Bus 2) 
It is 112ft tall (34m) and weighs 250 metric tons!

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They said it's 268 steps!!! I say . . . I lost count after 50 while panting hee hee

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Shot from the bottom and top

The Buddha's right hand is lifted up not because it says hi and goodbye to visitors but representing the removal of affliction. His left hand rests on his lap which is a gesture of receiving dhana (offerings , alms)
This Buddha faces North when all other Buddhas faces South. I don't know why.

There are three floors beneath the statue but we were not allowed to use our camera. There is a relic of Gautama Buddha consisting of his alleged cremated remains. We did not see it as it requires to leave offerings.  


I didn't mean to disrespect. I only had a bottle of mineral water.



I love this angle

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Buddhist statues with their offerings. 



 The NGONG PING FUN WALK
Hmmm . . . I'm not sure if this was it. When we paid for an entrance to see the Buddha, we were given a stub for free food. We were hungry. We kept walking and walking and walking but we didn't find the place where we could claim the food.

tea tree
We saw a lot of tea trees and scarecrows. I didn't really notice the scent of the tea because I wasn't a tea fan.
 It says FUN WALK.
Look at my friends' faces. We walked hundreds of steps up to Buddha, we went walking to find the food and they weren't too happy to see the sign hee hee


I enjoyed the walk as I love walking and I have exercise daily. My friends . . . not so much. It is obvious on their faces and body language.


Look what I saw??? Familiar??? 
Have you watched the movie Hachi: A Dog's Tale (That made me cry)
A Hachiko behind me ( I think. I wish)


I love dogs. I wished it was awake. But did not bother to wake it. Dogs here are really lazy. I have not seen a playful dog in this area.


The WISDOM PATH
We were not successful in finding our free food and instead it led us to the Wisdom path. Hoping this place might give us some wisdom to find our food hee hee


I sat on the rock and enjoyed the view and tranquility of the quiet surroundings even for a few minutes (we had to rush because we had a flight to catch)


Did I get any wisdom? No, I can't read the "world's best prayers" revered by Confucians, Buddhist and Taoist.

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No, I did not have time to go up and even if I did, I cannot read what was written. Also, I don't think I still have the strength to . . . maybe if we found the free food :)
For photo sake, I attempted on a few steps.


Here's the history



See . . .  because the place is so quiet and peaceful . . . all dogs are sleeping.



The PO LIN MONASTERY
Below the Buddha statue is the buddhist monastery.



 Religious rituals


Donation options


One of the many souvenir shops in NP. This one is beside the monastery.




Do wait for Ngong Ping Part 2

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5 comments:

i have to saved pa to visit hongkong ... love your photos so much .. the dog napping was so cool

Thanks Kulapitot. There is so much to see pa in HK and one day I'll be back again. I can't wait to read your experience :)

hi! i love your post, will be going to HK on the 23rd again. Ive been to HK last august pero hindi kami nakapunta sa ngong ping, bad weather daw kasi. ask ko lang how much was the entrance fee for Ngong Ping?thanks.

Hi PinkyWinkyIce, thank you so much for visiting my blog. Walang entrance ang pagpunta dun. There are different activities that requires fee like the cable tour, tian tan buddha, walking with the buddha etc. I'm sorry i was not able to remember the prices but do check it out at www.np360.com.hk

there are vouchers over prior to going to cable car,$125 for round trip but you have to show your passport.. :)

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