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Halfway Through Our Trips Out In China, This Is What I've Learned

They don't call him "Big Buddha" for nothing.


The second weekend we went to the Big Buddha, which is a spectacular landmark in Hong Kong. The Buddha is almost 10 floors high. In the morning, we took the bus to Lantau Island. Upon arrival, we first went to the Tai O island. This is another village view, other than Stanley Market which is on the most Western side of Hong Kong.

We saw some traditional and original stores on two sides. We went through the path and stepped across the bridge which stood above a river. There were some boats used for fishing. Not much to see when reaching the other side of the river. From the far point, we could easily see there is a one called Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge, which is said to be almost the most expensive bridge linking Hong Kong, Macau, and Zhuhai, one of the mainland China cities.

Going back to the bus, we were driven to the Big Buddha. The lunch is vegetarian, with wholly vegetarian foods. We ate mushrooms, eggs, some soup, and some local vegetarian dishes. After that, the entire group of students was divided into several subgroups. My friends and I went to see the Big Buddha. There were 100 stairs, as I speculated, before approaching the Buddha. In Chinese culture, climbing upstairs means showing respect to the Buddha, one of the sacred gods in peoples' hearts.

After reaching the top, the Buddha was in the middle of the ground. There are a lot of people walking around. The Buddha was so high that I could not see the head. The biggest Buddha faces North, while the small Buddhas face South.

When we went downstairs, we were scheduled to leave. Upon leaving, we saw some bulls near the front gate of the Big Buddha area. There are several bulls or cows running around and were teased by the tourists. Cows may be well-behaved, but the bulls were usually riding on the cows to fight or just play. I am not sure.

Then we successfully completed the second Saturday's trip and went back to the school.

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