Living in Hong Kong means that, as time goes by, you stop doing the touristy stuff. But when you get visitors, as I did recently, you’re forced out of bed and out in to the wider world of giant Buddhas and rickety fishing villages. Both of these sights are found on Lantau, Hong Kong biggest island.
5 BIG Buddha facts: it’s 34 meters tall and was THE biggest, seated, outdoor Buddha in the world. Until 2000. When another one was built. It’s one of the 5 biggest Buddhas (seated, standing, reclining, dancing or otherwise) in China. There are 268 steps leading up to it. It was completed in 1993. And, on a clear day, it can be seen from all the way over in Macau! Yes, this blog raids Wikipedia so you don’t have to. You’re welcome.
From there it’s just a short bus trip to Tai O, a little village built on stilts over an inlet. Until the ’60s it was only accessible by foot or by boat. It’s about as remote as you can get in Hong Kong, and it’s a lovely place to spend an afternoon.