香港 #AlreadyTomorrowInHongKong- Adventuring without #TARDIS | #MACAU- Strong morning traditional Chinese breakfast bound wise on a Turbo Jet-

My next stop is another Special Administrative Region…. In which pretty much like In Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong… in which Hong Kong to its SAR – Portuguese colonial Counterpart is 62 kilometers… in which takes least fifty five minutes on a Turbo Jet high velocity ferry from Tsim Sha Tsui China Ferry Terminal, in which there are other terminals to catch the Turbo Jet from is from Hong Kong International Airport- off wise of Lantau Island, also from Hong Kong Island where the other terminals nearby Victoria Harbour..

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Located at 33 Canton Road  at  Tsim Shan Tsui , Kowloon, The Terminal from China Ferry Terminal on a modest least cluttered clear morning, from Tsim Sha Tsui is from there my journey begins at going towards Macau… also it pays to have a strong breakfast beforehand due to the amount of walking adventuring that lies ahead… Taking the Turbo Jet to Macau in which you have to purchase the Tickets at the Turbo Jet counter inside the China Ferry terminal in this case where the terminal that I’m departing from ….  Given if you are traveler it pays to have your passport ready for customs and immigration…. Also a bobby pin, hair clips or paper clips in which comes in handy to hold your documents together in which that the documentation slips are generally loose….

Hong Kong- Tsim Sha Tsui – China Ferry Terminal… looking outwardly at amberic glow of the sun glinting below Hong Kong Island..

Having purchasing my ticket, with a book timing the time of depart from Hong Kong’s China Ferry Terminal also the time leaving for Macau Marine time Ferry Terminal from the previously day, In which it pays to be prepared.. In case of last minutes entanglements…. As there are various ways of travelling to Macau, one option is travelling by liner at the Harbour City Terminals, or the very traditional way of a slower ferry or if you have money to spend its helicopter or aircraft… The other way is going by Turbo Jet in which I settle for… also settle for a window seating… having boarded my ferry ride from Tsim Sha Tsui. The Turbo Ferry took no matter of time in gathering momentum to start surfing the Jade liquid Pearl Delta-Victoria Harbour … in which my view was slight stain satin glass obscured by the tint layered thin film that created a daytime Noir film of ferry leaving Hong Kong to Macau with in between choppy Harbour…

As seated in for the remaining least as one hour journey on the Turbo Jet, finding some snacks in my backpack to keep me occupied for the remaining of the ferry ride, as I remain constantly occupied for the constant view of leaving Hong Kong’s Victoria’s Harbour towards Macau.. As the views of the window transition from looking at Hong Kong Island towards…. The smaller dotted islands with the abundances of massive cargo ships that still awaits for berthing to unload –load their containers.. in which those containers was invented by Hong Kong- fun fact..

As the journey progresses, the smaller islands come in view in the distance closer towards further in distance as the Turbo Jet raced away towards Macau in which the journey time in between two SAR’s takes fifty five minutes..….

As the Turbo jet starts too de-accelerated as the Macau’s Harbour in which, then the first time adventuring into Macau begins… as new to Macau it’s best to do grab a good map, or making sure in getting a great data plan in internet data roaming getting going in which search for information for places if you’re going alone adventuring around Macau.. .. As for the first time here, I hired a personal tour guide for the day services in which they can be found around the terminal, also it’s best to look around in which one good one that I’ve encounter is Agencia De Viagens.- Seng Wang Limitada..   in which the driver-tour guide throughout the day has been excellent as showing the key Macau spots, also explaining, talking the social ground issues unlike any tour guide that I’ve met before also the in-depth issues of Macau History also travel safety advice in which invaluable…..

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香港 #AlreadyTomorrowInHongKong- Adventuring without #TARDIS | #HongKong- Lantau Island-The big Buddha

The big guy- The big Buddha..

There was once a scene featured in the Movie Battleship in where, it features a massive Buddha, on top of the peak of the mountain… also it was featured in the Amazing Race as the in which that mountain is which Lantau Island at Ngong Ping 360.  In where teams arriving at night were to travel there either using various methods of Hong Kong transport to get there to reach to their way points for the next clue in going in performing for the next pit stop..

The big guy, the Big Buddha… Tian Tan Buddha, Shakyammuni, is that particular big Buddha in which was the pit shop for the Amazing race.. in which the big guy constructed out from Bronze started from 1990, completed in 1993, 29th December, standing at a 34 meters tall built, built in a traditional design of bronze out from 202 bronze parts, in which the steel superstructure holds the numerous of parts  together..

Getting there from the cable car, in adjacent to Po Lin Monastery, closely, on an early afternoon on a fine sunny mildly cloudy misty day… getting there, walking there, I can feel its history has it unfolds before me, as the construction of the area speaks it all, as the location is fairly recently constructed in with the inspirational Ming Dynasty architectural designs as you can see from design elements from the Forbidden City in Beijing as an example in which is translated into the designs, as those design elements are translated into the Po Lin Monastery with the resembling maroon red painted walls, with the golden jade yellow roof tiles.. ..  With that in mind the location of the monastery has a very deep history orthough it been constructed at 1906 since last century within the last moments of the Qing Dynasty by three visiting monks from Jiangsu Province..

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The Big Buddha Constructed in back in the late last century, or the turn of last decade of the 20th century, in 1990, in which took a three year construction process out of 202 bronze casted pieces joined up together in within a giant 34 meter tall construction internal steel frame within, like metallically paper Mache pieces that joined up together as it face north wise like the Altar of heaven in Beijing.

Walking up there, for most people is pilgrimage of sorts, some visited because it’s there, in most cases it’s a Pilgrimage for most as on the day of my visit there was numerous people worshiping in front of the southern door in which remains to be closed, internally as you walked in noticing there’s no photography or videoing allowed due to internally it’s an memorial site for those whom are associated with the monastery, or whom wish to have their final ashes rest place en tomb there.. Among with the hundreds others whom are there also around the circumference halls of the memorial section of the Big Buddha Enclosure, in which surrounding that enclosure is a central figure Buddha or the person – Gautama Buddha in life size wooden carve out from one piece, in which the Monastery has been highly regarded known to great source of wood carving sculptures.  As I was walking around the placement is the other steps that leading upstairs, the upper level ring in where you have to pay an extra for an extra level of view..

those pilgrimage 268 steeps..

Among the thousands of people, that walk up the marble stairways, 268 steps, in which among walking up those white grayish steps, is with the three layering marble like platforms that represent the Taoist of that Chinese number three meaning underworld,  Earth, and Heaven akin to the Altar of heaven in Beijing …  among the other ring circumference is the six Devas in which place different various offerings in various forms containing various messages within those offerings in form of incense, lamp, ointment, fruit, with music within those offerings containing messages symbolically six perfections Generosity, Morality, patience, Zeal and wisdom  of .. As the Tian Tan Buddha, Shakyammuni raise one hand in removal of affliction the other is the offering of generosity… As he sits apond a massive lotus leaves over watching with breath taking views of Lantau Island in Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong……


香港 #AlreadyTomorrowInHongKong- Adventuring without #TARDIS |Lantau Island- Ngong Ping Cable Car… with breath taking timeless views…….

One off my previous stops the next day, is travelling towards Ngong Ping 360 in which is on Lantau Island, in which as also is the location nearby is Hong Kong Disneyland.. But further inwards into Lantau Island.. in which one of many transportation access to Ngong Ping 360,  the Big Buddha, or Po Lin monastery….is using the Hong Kong MTR.. So taking up the early morning travel is by using… The Central Station from The IFC building on Hong Kong Island towards the Tung Chung connection- the Yellow line- in which it’ll takes you towards the Pink line …. In which my morning takes me there from having a strong breakfast in Austin Road restaurant Café De Coral, from having a relaxing breakfast then making ways towards in taking a Star ferry ride to Central from there it’s taking the Tung Chung line towards Lantau Island..

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Once stopping at the Tung Chung line all the way through towards, in which the next part is the cable cars  in trying to find the cable cars that lead up to the Ngong Ping 360… in which the signs around the station itself is pretty well illustrated in Traditional Chinese also in English.. In which making ways from Tung Chung MTR Station… Towards Tung Chung  Citygate Shopping complex in which is six times larger than Auckland’s Sylvia Park as….

looking back at the Tung Chung apartments and it's communities amenities with on the left hand side Hong Kong International Airport 100 times larger than Auckland international Airport.. Photographer @KevinJamesNg 2016
looking back at the Tung Chung apartments and it’s communities amenities with on the left hand side Hong Kong International Airport 100 times larger than Auckland international Airport.. Photographer @KevinJamesNg 2016

 Then walking towards the Ngong ping 360 Cable Car Terminal, in which the Cable Car rides comes in two packages, one with the standard cabin is HKD $165, for the round trip as for senior citizens it’s HKD $130 … The other package is the Crystal Cabin in where there’s a see through toughen plastic floor in where you can see all of downwards.. Sometimes it’s pays to book the tick online, given that you like waiting in lines like the early 1990’s like going for clubbing…  the wait for the cable car ride isn’t too bad, however for a standard one, in which the cabin is gently ventilated, with the window shutters open as the cool breeze from the mountain tops blew in cool circulated air..   The journey time takes up least 15 minutes as I go up through a series of Cable Car stops towards Ngong Ping Village… Throughout the ride, the view is timeless breath taking, looking over from going from the Tung Chung Township towards the several mountainous peaks.. From looking at the various lakes, the Dam, then the whole outline of the looking outward towards the Hong Kong International Airport in the process of building its third terminal in which later will process ten million passengers per year… as viewing from that onwardly in the distance it’s the largest motor- ultra high Velocity rail , high way system in the world the linkage between the Hong Kong, Macau towards Beijing then onwards to Silk road towards Europe for one of many Silk Road belt trading initiatives.. As my cable car ride is approaching, towards the last terminal from the mountainous breath taking views as in the distance the Big Buddha in the distance… of Lantau Island landscape then arriving at the Cable Car shop to pick up my photograph they’ve taken earlier from the very based of Chung Tung.. .. .. …

“As to note that the Cable car line is under its massive routine Cable Rope repair ordinances in which started of very beginning of Chinese Lunar New Year in which is expected to be completed in June 2017 also the avoidance of the Typhoon season as to other transportation to Ngong Ping 360 also the village there’s transportation a coach tour.. .. “

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香港 #AlreadyTomorrowInHongKong- Adventuring without a blue box-TARDIS | Cheung Chau- Cheung Po Tsai Cave …..

Don’t’ move I’m a Hong Kong Police officer.. Wait you’re Cheung Po Tsai..?!… Also I really need to go back to 2015 Hong Kong.. !!!! ” Hong Kong Police Constable Wong Tai Mui- Grace Chan…


As Hong Kong Police Constable Wong Tai Mui- Grace Chan was investigating into a lead clue into a Cave in which turned out to be a cave, Treasure Cave of the South China Pirate King Cheung Po Tsai, Whom owned patrolled the South China Seas for any loot that he could find among from Qing Dynasty naval, British, Spanish, ships.. Among that scene Wong Tai Mui found a gold bullion coin, within the cave as she searched for any clues in relating to the Bandit king, as she mysteriously stumbles apond it…

Cheung Po Tsai Cave as I walked up the forestry pathway that’s leading it up to which is a good twenty minute striding walk through some under past of trees, with vines.. In which being on a watch full eye of any snakes in lurking along the tree branches in which, as the journey begin toward his cave it’s best to prepare for the journey.. One a very strong torch comes to mine… In which the journey starts with a Qing Dynasty inspired gateway explaining the entrance towards the Cave….  In walking up, the surrounding forest leading up towards the cave, in which you can feel you’re back in 1790 Hong Kong, or in 1790 Cheung Chau island as with the all that history, as you can hear through the wind that carrying the air into the bushes.. Like hearing the wind carrying pushing the sails of the sailing ships of Cheung Po Tsai fleet as it prepares to set out for the long haul traveling awaits them in meeting up with Qing Dynasty Navy in an interesting manner of exchanging requisitions…

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As walking up, looking admiring the surroundings, walking alongside the track, there are some interesting items along the way first is the abandon look out post looking out into the harbour, in which is surrounded by an overgrowth of bushes.. In which looking at it seeming it dates back towards the circa 1930 to 1940’s’s in which looking at seeming the period of architecture in which back then it from that vantage point it must had some impressive views back then as time forwards on another viewing platform is establish higher leading inwards towards the Cheung Po Tsai’s Cave.. In which its views from the three level towers encompassing the whole hill throughout towering trees…  However the older platform requires much need tender love and attention as its view is rummage with overgrowth of bushes hindering its view also its walls is unfortunate of tagging or Graffiti something that’s rarely seen in Hong Kong..

As walking towards the cave, there are, some intriguing, things there’s this interesting stone work wall, seeming abandoned as padlock gated steel frame rusty door, is padlock with Chinese Traditional padlock also Chinese stonework’s… Judging from it its remains untouched for many several decades, seeming decades ago, like from the 1930’s judging from its pre-world war two design…

As I walked up, hill there’s this green signage describing the history briefly of the Cheung Po Tsai’s Cave. Also realizing that I’m standing on same filming spot in where Grace Chan stood on as she begins to investigate into what’s the Bandit King really up to this time… from that point the trek goes into further more into a five minutes’ walk, until I’ve reached towards the entrance of the cave..

香港 #AlreadyTomorrowInHongKong- Adventuring without a blue box-TARDIS | Cheung Chau- Cheung Po Tsai Cave – Treasure cave...... Photographer @KevinJamesNg 2016
香港 #AlreadyTomorrowInHongKong- Adventuring without a blue box-TARDIS | Cheung Chau- Cheung Po Tsai Cave – Treasure cave…… Photographer @KevinJamesNg 2016

Having reaching towards the Cave it seems unlike the Television series version of it in which is larger than the inside in which saying that having TARDIS moments… you may wonder there’s a small shop outside of the cave in which sell an assortment of things, in that assortment is torches in which I’ve mention earlier in making sure having a very good strong torch that illuminates, even illuminates daylight.. Sizes wise the cave is small and narrow in which to fit luckily to for me my dress size is in between eight and ten, in which is a good thing..

Having the correct dress size in going into the narrow cave, in I lower myself down into a very darken cavern, stepping downwards into an almost lit downwards spotlighting in the cave in which gives you amount of time to get my torch in well lighting up the cave neatly.. as before I entered there was a memorable moment when I found a father with his two children, telling the stories of the cave also its owner Cheung Po Tsai.  As I continue like Wong Tai Mui-Grace Chan exploring the cave, within it, seeing it first-hand it was sort of disappointing at first, due to the moderate amount of litter that was present in the cave, exploring it for a good seven or more meters down the tunnel in which lead to another opening..   as exploring around the tunnel Cheung Po Tsai treasure Haul must have been a modest size in nature, but given the surrounding stories of his treasure it could been in another place on the same hill, saved like an insurance policy for just in case, or seeming he taken it with him in Peking when got offered the Qing Dynasty Government Naval Marshall’s position in protecting his and their interest at the same time..


香港 #AlreadyTomorrowInHongKong- Adventuring without a blue box-TARDIS | Cheung Chau- Yuk Hui Temple…

Before settling off into finding lunch as I’ve just arrived like in that scene where Grace Chan’s Hong Kong Police constable officer as on been reassigned from Central Hong Kong Island back to her home town in Cheung Chau..  I’ve setting out in finding this temple, seen previously… seen previously on the map… In where setting out before lunch… As it was still late in the morning, but still modestly relishing the morning breakfast before heading out to Cheung Chau…

Yuk Hui Temple sits, within in-between the shore, beach lines neck of Cheung Chau Island… In which construction of the Temple started in the year of 1783, during the middle later eras of the Qing Dynasty… Heavy design with Ming Dynasty, with Taoist influences as seen with most temples of that era in Hong Kong also in China with roof guardians to protect the temple from any other…. Looking at the brickwork as you can tell the era of construction of the bricks as Ming Dynasty influences are general greyish black tint as the colors originated from over baking process in the kiln in which makes the bricks harden like the same process which takes longer like the golden floor tiles pavement of the forbidden city in which are super durable that takes up also its expensive …….

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Throughout the temple it has multiples of chambers, alters indoors and outdoors in which serve to worship for different deities… with different stories.. Within the center hall is the Main Deity, Pak Tai- Yuen Tin Shenug Tai.. He’s also know as the Supreme Emperor of the North heaven, in which his name rings back towards the Shang Dynasty in which he was a prince whom fought the Demon King at the time when his Dynasty was about to be fallen..

Another part of the hall, contains a Great Song Dynasty General’s sword in which has an interesting history… in which it was thrown into the sea in to counter the incoming storms also protecting the villagers, which was later fished up by centuries later in which was presented to the temple in which from then the Song’s great General’s Sword had an interesting history.. During world war two Hong Kong, the Sword was stolen from the invading Japanese Army, one soldier whom it stole it die mysteriously cursefully in which following among his other comrades in his platoon.. in which they finally return it and never set foot into the temple ever again..

Throughout the whole Temple or through its sizes it’s very intimate, due the size with its outdoor open alters, for worshiping.. also it’s Ming Dynasty meeting pavilion with its imperial yellow roof tiles in which there are two placements that reserved for the imperial yellow tiles one for the imperial family, the Emperor household, and the temples in which they have on an equal footing of respectively

Cheung Chau, outside the Yuk Hui Temple, there’s an interesting sports courtyard in which various sports is played, one is basketball, the other in the center is the Bun Festival in which two steam buns filled cone towers are place in the courtyard, in which is a traditional Taoist festival, in which settles stages in either Late April or May to mark the eight day of the fourth moon in the Chinese Calendar.. in which its termed Bun Snatching where braven people snatch the numerous amount of buns whom wins in between the bun tower-Mountain…  in which was seen in the last episode with Wong Tai Mui-Grace Chan with Cheung Po Tsai-Tony Huang…..