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Lantau Island

Today I went on the Lantau Island tour, a whole-day social event bringing together exchange and visiting students of HKUST. Some cool people shared the same tour group as me, like Marc from Spain, and this Norwegian girl whose name I still cannot pronounce, even after multiple introductions. The cable car going up to the mountain was pretty insane. It reminded me of Genting, Malaysia; the whole ride was a good 25 minutes uphill, and as we floated over dense fog, the Giant Budda slowly emerged from the abyss. Stephen and I roamed around town for a bit before climbing 265 (which gave my CS side a good kick) stairs to reach the Budda. It seems to be made of steel. The base was a museum, archiving a bunch of scrolls and especially the “Budda Relic”, Hong Kong’s power source.

Giant Budda on Lantau Island

Giant Budda on Lantau Island

Lunch was vegetarian. Ewww… right? No. As it turns out, these Buddhist monks know how to make vegetables look and taste like meat. If something looks like meat, smells like meat, and tastes like meat, I might as well ducktype and consider it meat. This cool yam cake covered with sweet sauce grabbed my attention. Its peculiar texture and color solicited lots of mean looks from the other students at my table, especially the Europeans, who also showed significant interest in the orange chicken/tofu.

Edit: Stephan also documented the late night sushi run on his Tumblr.

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