Hong KongHong Kong has all kinds of steep hills, so there are plenty of urban hikes that are a bit of work even if they aren't so long. The trek up to the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery is short but steep and has a semi-urban route choice for returning. The main route is watched over by one after another large golden Buddha states each individually produced to represent a specific person.
|Entering the grounds, the path is suddenly lined with life sized statues.|
|The monkeys don't care. They hang out in the nearby greenery or on a Buddha head.|
|Simple fencing does not keep the monkeys at bay.|
|Climbing the small steps or the ramp, the path along the Buddhas is quite steep.|
|Some of the Buddhas are painted with a little bit more than just gold.|
|Many of the Buddhas are in a more Indian style.|
Once the hill is climbed, there are a number of buildings to wander around and even more Buddhas to see. Some buildings are higher than the main buildings, so a little more climbing is required for complete exploration.
|A tall tower, just a little too tall for my camera, houses yet more Buddhas.|
|Other buildings house Buddhas of all sizes.|
|Some more wildlife coming to see the smaller Buddhas that line the walls.|
|Some Buddha get to sit in a greener location.|
|At the very highest along the paths, there was a little pond.|
|I guess Buddhas get to ride dragons too, as this one by the fountain does.|
|I found another butterfly at the fountain.|
|Heading back down the path, which has somewhat more realistically painted Buddhas.|
|Every once in a while, there is a little evidence that people go about their daily lives here.|
|Coming back down to the main level, I walked around a little more. To the right, incense burns in a pot of sand.|
|A few Buddha had an animal to ride upon. The fellow on the left looks incredibly good natured.|
I had walked up by the path directed by the Lonely Planet guide, but there was another harder to find path. It is easy to find from the top, so I took this second path back down. It came through much greenery and did not have the lining of Buddha that the way up had.
|So much green there's green growing on green.|
©2010,2012 Valerie Norton
Posted 14 March 2012
Posted 14 March 2012