There is so much that happened during our temple trip to Hong Kong. We traveled with a group of 8 Mongolian saints and Puje, our trip interpreter. Another couple came by train from Mongolia so altogether there were 13 of us.
Hong Kong is a great city to visit because of its interlocking and super efficient subway and bus system. Once you learn how it operates, you can go anywhere and see everything there is to see. It can be crowded at time (packed to the brim like a Mongolian bus) but most of the time it is quite pleasant.
|There are parts of Hong Kong that are this serene|
|Hong Kong's beautiful bridges|
Mid-Autumn Festival. On Thursday night, Puje - our friend and translator, and ourselves went shopping and then to the Mid-Autumn Festival at Victoria Park. The Mid-Autumn Festival and holiday is celebrated during the first full moon of September. This year it fell on Sept. 19 during our scheduled week at the temple.
|Lanterns to be released later|
|Wall of lanterns|
|Now you know why we left early|
Saturday with the Harringtons. We also were invited by the Harringtons, Family History Missionaries in Hong Kong offering support to the Asia Area senior couples in Family History, to do some touring on Saturday afternoon and evening.
We went to see Big Buddha and the Walk of Wisdom followed by the symphony of lights and laser show on the Hong Kong waterfront and skyline. We also sandwiched in a great Chinese dinner.
|Darlene along wisdom's path|
|Trees split in half with carved sayings and wisdom inscribed|
|Buddhist monk offering wisdom|
It is skyscraper performance art. Hong Kong and Manhattan are rated the top two skylines in the world.
|Hong Kong Skyline at night|
|Bro. Chan on the left with our tour group|
a ferry boat ride across Victoria Harbor, a Chinese restaurant, and the famous light and laser show of the Hong Kong Skyline set to music.
|Sailor landing a ferry|
|A famous Chinese cartoon character along the Avenue of the Stars|
Some of the scenes of Hong Kong going and coming from these events also captured our attention.
|View from the Peak on a hazy day|
|40 story apartment buildings along the harbor|
|A symbol of Hong Kong|
Hong Kong is an ultra-modern city with lots of wealth, a huge contrast with Mongolia which is still developing.
|Clock tower - another symbol of Hong Kong|
|Ulaanbaatar from the air|