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In July 2005, we traveled to Hong Kong, Tibet, Kathmandu, Bangkok and Singapore.

Hong Kong 01 01 Central and Star Ferry From Kowloon The Central District, the birthplace of modern Hong Kong, used to be called Victoria, after Queen Victoria. It boasted elegant colonial-style buildings with sweeping verandas and narrow streets. With Central's gleaming glass-and-steel skyscrapers, there's little left of its colonial beginnings. The Star Ferries are green-and-white vessels that have been carrying passengers back and forth between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island since 1898. The tall building in the centre is the Two International Finance Centre, opened in 2003, which is the 6th tallest building in the world with 88 stories and 415m high.

Hong Kong 01 01 Central and Star Ferry From Kowloon

Hong Kong 01 02 Central Symphony of Lights From Kowloon The skyscrapers of Hong Kong island glitter and sparkle in a myriad of colours in The Symphony of Lights, a 14-minute spectacular multimedia show combining music and narration, lights, lasers and fireworks.

Hong Kong 01 02 Central Symphony of Lights From Kowloon

Hong Kong 01 03 Kowloon Peninsula Hotel Lobby The Peninsula Hotel was built in 1928 to serve guests disembarking at the old train station. Guarded by the largest all-Rolls-Royce fleet in the world (13 at last count), The Peninsula is Hong Kong's grandest old hotel, with a new tower that restored harbour views to its front-facing rooms. Its lobby is reminiscent of a Parisian palace, with high gilded ceilings, pillars, and ferns.

Hong Kong 01 03 Kowloon Peninsula Hotel Lobby

Hong Kong 01 04 Hong Kong Statue Square Charlotte and Pete pose in Statue Square just like all the Filipino housemaids, nannies, and waitresses, thousands of whom work in Hong Kong and send most of what they earn back home to their families. Behind them is the Legislative Council Building, formerly the Supreme Court Building, one of a handful of historic buildings scattered among towers of Hong Kong.

Hong Kong 01 04 Hong Kong Statue Square

Hong Kong 01 05 Central District From Victoria Peak Daytime We took the Peak Tram, the steepest funicular railway in the world, to Victoria Peak (392m), Hong Kong Island's tallest hill. Just 10 minutes walk from the Peak Tram station along Lugard road is this spectacular view of the Central District, the harbour, and Kowloon.

Hong Kong 01 05 Central District From Victoria Peak Daytime

Hong Kong 01 06 Central District From Victoria Peak Nighttime Just 10 minutes walk from the Victoria Peak Tram station along Lugard road is this spectacular view of the Central District, the harbour, and Kowloon. It is especially breath-taking at night.

Hong Kong 01 06 Central District From Victoria Peak Nighttime

Hong Kong 01 07 Peter with Tian Tan Buddha Behind Lantau is the largest outlying island in Hong Kong, almost twice the size of Hong Kong Island. The Po Lin (Precious Lotus) Monastery is located on western Lantau Island, set amid spectacular mountain scenery on the 520-metre-high Ngong Ping plateau. From the gate of the temple, you can see a big copper statue of Shakyamuni - Tian Tan Buddha, which is located on the top of the Muyushan Mountain. Pete slips into a meditation pose with the Big Buddha looking on from behind.

Hong Kong 01 07 Peter with Tian Tan Buddha Behind

Hong Kong 01 08 Tian Tan Buddha On Launtau Island The Tian Tan Buddha is regarded as the largest outdoor Buddha statue in the world. Completed in 1993, you climb 260 steps to the statue, which is 26.4m high and weighs 250,000kg, depicting a sitting Buddha in a meditating position. There's a Buddhist wheel on the palm of his right hand, and a swastika (the inverted swastika was the symbol of the Nazi party, the swastika is a symbol of good luck and harmony) on his chest. The right hand is in the position of fearlessness, indicating the compassion of the Buddha to save all beings from their sufferings. The left hand rests on the lap, with palm turning up and fingers pointing slightly down. This is the position of giving for all those that come to seek blessing.

Hong Kong 01 08 Tian Tan Buddha On Launtau Island

Hong Kong 01 09 Peter With Votive Figures and Po Lin Monastery Downhill Pete and Zig-zag admire the statues of votive servants making offerings to Buddha. You can try and toss some coins into their outstretched hands. The Po Lin Monastery is downhill.

Hong Kong 01 09 Peter With Votive Figures and Po Lin Monastery Downhill

Hong Kong 01 10 Lantau Mui Wo Beach When we got back to Mui Wo, the ferry port on Lantau, we had lunch and Pete went for a swim on the beach.

Hong Kong 01 10 Lantau Mui Wo Beach

Hong Kong 01 11 Airport Opened in 1998 on a man-made island next to Lantau, Hong Kong airport is often rated the best airport in the world.

Hong Kong 01 11 Airport