Hong Kong – Full on Friday

Posted by jswt | Posted in China - Hong Kong, General | Posted on 13-07-2012

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[These Hong Kong posts are being guest written by my 12 year old niece… enjoy!]

Friday was cool, we didn’t have to take the metro, our journey would begin at our local station(Tung Chung). We then waited in line for like 1 hour to get a ticket to the tram. We then got on the tram and went on our journey to BIG BUDDHA! The ride was amazing, the view was awesome! Before we even got there, we could see buddha from our tram. It was HUGE! When we got there, we were just in time to listen to the walking with buddha tour. We learned about who buddha was and how he was racing on a horse like a manly man to find peace in himself! He went to the point of starvation! Pretty cool buddha:) We then walked all the way up 288 stairs to see the giant buddha. The view was amazing and the statue was beautiful. I don’t know if it was just me or what but, I think that the statue was staring right into my soul. It’s eyes follow you wherever you go. While we were looking at the statue, we noticed the swastika in the center of the buddha’s chest and on its hand. We learned a lot about the swastika. We learned that it was not originally a symbol of the nazi’s. It was originally a sign in the buddhist religion that meant peace and eternal life. If you look closely, you’ll notice that the two are different, they face two different ways. The nazi’s made it a miror image of peace and eternal life like the opposite. Just to be able to tell that story to whoever we want, Matt and I bought matching t-shirts (twins:D) with a swastika on it. We also went into the beautiful monastery with carved gold pillars of dragons.

After we went there, we went back on the tram and went to the outlet mall near us. it was…BLEH! After, we went to the cirque du soleil show Saltimbanco which made up for the boringness of the mall. The people in that show do some crazy stuff, they can do weird flips and bend strangely.

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