Commonly known as the Big Buddha in Hong Kong. This huge bronze statue of Buddha Shakyamuni was completed in 1993. Capturing this photograph was one of the main reasons I took the Ngong Ping 360 cable car. The statue is 34 metres tall and weighs over 250 tons. If you visit I recommend buying a bottle of water from the vendors before walking up the 268 steps. After paying my respects to the Buddha I also visited the Po Lin Monastery. Here I had a nice vegetarian lunch with a couple of local monks.
The Ngong Ping 360 is a gondola lift on Lantau Island. Opened in 2006 it’s one of Hong Kong’s most popular tourist attractions. It takes 25 minutes to travel the 6 kilometre length. From Tung Chung up to Ngong Ping. Taken on the ride up, this photograph shows the longest length of the cable rising up the island. Due it being early in the day there aren’t many people coming back the other way and I had the how cabin to myself.
This was the first thing I saw when I stepped off the bus and looked up. Having come straight from the airport I wasn’t expecting Hong Kong’s high population density to be so in my face. Especially on Lantau Island and not Hong Kong Island itself. Captured from the walkway in front of the Tung Chung Cable Car Terminal. These apartments are eight residential tower blocks. Here we see blocks 5 to 9. Built in 1999, there’s 43 floors with 2578 apartments across the towers.
For this year’s Chinese New Year I wanted to make sure I was on the harbour to watch the fireworks. This is the view west to Wellington’s central from the end of Clyde Quay Wharf. The fireworks came from a platform about half way between us and Frank Kitts Park on the waterfront. It was a great place to stand and watch. Dad and I were in a crowd of people, even a few photographers. I struggled to get many sharp or well exposed photographs. Out of the hundred or so I captured this was the best that night.