May 31, 2004 saw:
another beautiful, hot sunny day in Hong Kong...and another shot of the HSBC building.
a great shot of the speed ferries...they literally rise up on those rutter things and out of the water. amazing for speed, probably terrible for the marine life.
The woman on the left was our hostel mate, who's name and details I was proud to have recorded in the long-lost labels...Her name started with an m...possibly Marnie? she was awesome...I ended up hanging out with her a lot during our time in hong kong. I can't remember where she was from...Australia? Austria? Those sound phonetically right and I remember her having a strong accent but not what kind of accent...ah how memory fades so quickly sometimes. She was a cool cat, though. This was taken just before Phil departed for the airport, and the rest of us headed to see the Giant Buddha.
I love this picture. I can totally understand how they came to the aesthetic style they did in the region based on this hill. Can't you just see a scroll based on this beautiful mountain? the lines, curves, angles, loose rocks and forest? Awesome.
This is the Largest Outdoor Seated Buddha in the world. (And yes, evidently that is an important distinction...there is possibly a larger outdoor Buddha that is not seated, and a a larger seated Buddha somewhere indoors. )
Alan, a practicing Buddhist, very kindly showed us the proper way to move through the rituals at the temple.
That night, we returned to Victoria peak, since Alan hadn't been there previously, and I didn't object because it gave us an opportunity to see the nighttime skyline. Some buildings changed colors.
They were filming something up there, I don't remember what, but everyone was all a buzz about it. (I was going to say all a twitter, but this was before twitter and that could have just been confusing.)
And then he insisted on posing with princess Di in the wax museum doorway. I found it creepy.
The tram landing at the peak