Junk Boat in Hong Kong

Junk Boat in Hong Kong

Waiting for the star ferry in the rain. I noticed this Junk boat heading out into Victoria Harbour. Junk is a type of ancient Chinese sailing ship developed during the Han Dynasty (220 BC – 200 AD). This one is DUK LING built about 60 years ago in Macau and served as a fishing boat until 1985. Restored to her original glory and now takes locals and tourists across the harbour in style. Sailing from Pier number 9 Central Hong Kong Island to Pier 3 Tsim Sha Tsui on Kowloon.

Hong Kong Airport from Lantau Island

Hong Kong Airport from Lantau Island

Travelling back from Ngong Ping on the gondola lift gave awesome views. In particular Hong Kong International Airport on the island of Chek Lap Kok. This reclaimed land is the world’s busiest airport. With flights from over 180 cities around the world. It employees approximately 65,000 people. Looking to the right of the main airport there is construction. This will be third runway to expand the airports capacity. It should be finished in 2030.

Tian Tan Buddha

Tian Tan Buddha

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.

Cable car over Tung Chung Bay

Cable car over Tung Chung Bay

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.