Another day out at the Big Buddha on a gorgeous sunny day

A humongous moth almost made me have a heart attack, the ludicrous lack of front line staff in TST MTR Station and reshaping the MTR Stations to cater for mainland Chinese tourists

 

 oh my gosh....

oh my gosh....

 Crystal clear, you can see Golden Orb spiders spinning webs at the peak! 

Crystal clear, you can see Golden Orb spiders spinning webs at the peak! 

 Looking for shellfish and the like as seen from the cable car going to the Big Buddha

Looking for shellfish and the like as seen from the cable car going to the Big Buddha

 Feral cow at the Big Buddha

Feral cow at the Big Buddha

 Feral child and feral cow at the Big Buddha

Feral child and feral cow at the Big Buddha

I made a snap decision to go to the Giant Buddha on Lantau Island yesterday in the early afternoon with my clients.. we arrived at 2pm and there was a 2 hour + line for the cable car so plan b was put into action and we got on bus no. 23 for the 30 minute bus ride to the Buddha. 

Boy was it worth it, it was a glorious sunny day again, humidity was about 60% and it was just amazing. 

Craig, Deb - you can see that I have overcome my fear of feral cows (and feral children) and got up close and personal, I was subjected to the evil eye when I got too close! 

It was crystal clear and I managed to get a fair image of the Buddha with the deep blue sky backdrop and we all loved the cable car ride, we could clearly see Macau and Shenzhen! 

What a day

 As big as a bat

As big as a bat

 Absolutely gorgeous markings

Absolutely gorgeous markings

Got the fright of my life at the Peak yesterday, this moth dropped right in front of me.. it was huge! I have never seen anything like it... nice markings. 

 The lack of front line staff is ludicrous

The lack of front line staff is ludicrous

TST MTR Station 9.45am on a Thursday morning and they have 1 person on duty in the Customer Service Centre, we had to wait 27 minutes in a line to purchase 6 Octopus Cards... they have another Service Centre at the other end of the station but the lines were even longer. 

It is beyond comprehension that a company as large and as profitable as the MTR can have staffing problems for such a basic service. 

We came back through the station at 5.10pm and still there was only one person on duty and worse, they actually had staff in fluorescent orange uniforms stood by the escalators telling you to hold the handrail of the escalator. 

Something is very wrong in TST MTR Station. 

 Wide gates for suitcases

Wide gates for suitcases

Mainland Chinese tourists love to shop, when they go shopping they lug large suitcases with them as obviously it is easier to lug one suitcase rather than 20 bags from 20 different shops.

The current turnstiles in the MTR Stations make it very awkward to enter / exit if you have a suitcase so in TST MTR Station they have just added new turnstiles for people with luggage / pushchairs. 

Nice to see they have got their priorities right. 

 Interesting

Interesting

It is a pity my camera cannot zoom in just a bit closer. 

 No need to introduce this fella..... 

No need to introduce this fella..... 

Image manipulation can be fun at times - this is my pet Golden Orb spider

 On the other side of the world. 

On the other side of the world. 

I do personal walking tours around Hong Kong, I am on the streets every day and I have a somewhat interesting perspective of this wonderful city I have called my home for 37 years. My private walking tours are perfect for visitors who want a detailed overview of Hong Kong prior to exploring on their own and for people who are only here for a day or two who want to make the most of their limited time here.

Many clients book me for their first full day in Hong Kong, they get to see the best that Hong Kong has to offer + a crash course on our wonderful public transport system and then they go exploring for the rest of their stay armed with step by step instructions and recommendations from me....

I am available at very short notice, I get many last minute bookings and may well be available even if you arrive in Hong Kong without making plans! so please check my calendar, if it says I am free then I am available to do a tour!! Simply send me a message for a prompt reply

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Posted on August 9, 2013 .