Tuesday 5th June
The morning was taken up with still more shopping and other secret women's business. I spent an hour wandering around backstreets near Bonham Strand: it was bustling but not crowded, and no one was rushing anywhere.
When we got there, the skyway wasn't running, so instead we bought a bus daypass, waited 10 minutes for a bus, and then had a hot 45 minute trip to Ngong Ping and the Big Buddha, doing three-and-a-half sides of a rough square instead of the direct 6km on the skyway. The narrow winding road climbed around steep hillsides; roadwork to widen it was slowing traffic down.
It apparently takes a few hours to walk to the top, which would be a great hike in cooler weather.
The vegetarian meal in the monastery was ok — "deluxe" got us better air-conditioning — and afterwards we looked around the Po Lin monastery.
I would have liked to have explored the complex more, and climbed Lantau peak, or done other walks, but we were tired and had a dinner appointment that evening. So we also gave up our plan to visit Tai O fishing village, and just got the bus to Mui Wo — which was a hot and sleepy ride.
From Mui Wo we caught the ferry back to Hong Kong, ending up in the "ordinary" section rather than the air-conditioned "deluxe" so we could open the windows and enjoy the harbour views properly. Hong Kong is a busy port!
For inspiration, look at this photo essay on Lantau Island.
Camilla and Amy went straight back to the hotel, but I took the chance to visit the zoo and the botanical gardens. There's nothing that exciting here, but they offered a bit of an escape from the heat. From there I caught a bus back to the hotel.
We had yet another amazing dinner with a different group of relatives, this time in the Hong Kong Golf Club. So we got to see some of the scenery as we drove over the mountains to the south.