It has been a week since my family left Hong Kong. I have spent the week catching up on work, but mostly missing my family. It was so great having them here.
Missing them makes me think of my favorite day in Hong Kong so far. It was spent, with my family at Lantau Island. Lantau island is an island southeast of Hong Kong island. It is home to 200,000 people, as well as Hong Kong's international airport. Additionally, Lantau island is where the Big Buddha and the Po Lin Monastery is.
To get to the Big Buddha we took a 4 mile cable car ride that provided 360 degree views of the South China Sea and North Lantau island. After the cable car we started the hike up to the Big Buddha. The Buddha on Lantau is one of the largest seated Buddhas facing north. The statue in itself is beautiful, but more than that, the grounds surrounding the Buddha and the views out toward the ocean are awesome. Lantau has many hiking paths throughout the island, I think I will have to go back before the end of the semester to check them out.
After exploring the monastery, we hopped on a bus to a town called Tai O. Tai O is one of the coolest places I have been in Hong Kong because it doesn't remind me of any other place I've visited in Hong Kong. Tai O features traditional stilt housing of traditional Chinese fishing villages. The village was full of local people selling dried shrimp and other various foods. One man was using his boat as his store front and was measuring the weight of his fish with a simple weight and stick.
As I enjoy my life abroad, I got great news from back at St. Mike's. Last week was room selection and my trusty roommates Erin and Sam handled the grueling process that is housing. I woke up at 7 am (so early!) to skype with them and find out we're living in townhouse 317 for our senior year! Can't wait!