A few days in Hong Kong

View of Hong Kong and Kowloon skylines from Victoria Peak at 428 meters above sea level.

By day.
Hong Kong by Day

By night.
Hong Kong by Night

Flowers along Mount Austin Road at 554 meters above sea level.
Mount Austin Road

At the Chi Lin Nunnery. The wooden buildings are constructed using an interlocking system without nails.
Chi Lin Nunnery 1

Peaceful ponds with floating water lilies calm the soul.
Chi Lin Nunnery 2
Chi Lin Nunnery 3

Near the monastery is the immaculately landscaped Nan Lian Garden.
Nan Lian Garden Pavilion of Absolute Perfection
Nan Lian Garden Pavilion Bridge

Despite a fear of heights, I took the Ngong Ping cable car to Lantau Island.
Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car

The first of 240 steps.
Tian Tan Buddha 1

The Tian Tan Buddha on a lotus throne.
Tian Tan Buddha 2

Bodhisattvas making offerings.
The Offering of the Six Devas 1
The Offering of the Six Devas 2

The Wisdom Path is shaped in a figure eight representing infinity.
Wisdom Path

Burning incense at Po Lin Monastery at the base of the Buddha.
Po Lin Monastery Incense

Our Honeymoon in China

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.  So throw off the bowlines.  Sail away from the safe harbor.  Catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore.  Dream.  Discover.  — Mark Twain

Walking ten thousand steps is better than reading ten thousand scrolls.
— Chinese Proverb

Our Honeymoon

One dream became reality followed quickly by another.  Our first dream turned into the happiest day of our lives on our wedding day. We then embarked on a trip of a lifetime to China.  This is a collection of images from that dream-like journey east.

Yuyuan Garden in Shanghai

The Yuyuan Garden dates back to the Ming Dynasty.  It covers approximately five acres with winding paths, pavilions, rocks, and water elements.

The Streets of Old Shanghai

Jade Buddha Temple in Shanghai

Pudong District

The futuristic skyline of the Pudong District with the Oriental Pearl Tower at its center. We took in the view from the observation deck at night.

Three Gorges Dam

Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest hydroelectric power station. The first picture is one of the ship locks. The water levels are controlled to raise and lower ships passing from one side of the dam to the other.

Yangtze River

Cruising along the Yangtze River through Xiling, the longest of the Three Gorges. We cruised past Goddess Peak along the Wu Gorge. Notice the lone figure standing at the top of the cliff in the second picture, hence the name. At several intervals, we could see coal being extracted from the mountains. The “mist” which gives the mountains an ethereal look is mostly pollution.

We saw farmers plowing along the mountainsides close to the water. We were told that entire villages had been transferred from one side of the river to the other ahead of the rising waters upon completion of the dam. Entire cities would be under water, like sunken ships in the depths. Brand new bustling cities were built to replace the old towns and villages.

Hanging Coffins of the Ba People

You can just glimpse the coffin of petrified wood on the ledge. How did they get the coffins there? It’s a straight drop on the face of the cliff.

Giant Panda Bear at Chongqing Zoo

Terra Cotta Warriors in Xi’an

Delicacies at the Beijing Night Market

Inside the Forbidden City in Beijing