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Monday, March 29, 2010

Sherry & Stephanie - Day 4

Today was a fantastic day full of sightseeing and shopping (after our lovely breakfast presentation by the Fangs).  The highlight of our day of tourism was the Big Buddha, a large bronze statue roughly 33 meters tall.  The statue is set in the mountains of Hong Kong and you have to walk up 250 stairs just to get to the base of the statue.  Once you reach the Big Buddha you can go inside the statue to see the memorial.  The memorial is full of the names and pictures of deceased loved ones, and the monks say a daily prayer over all those souls in the memorial.   Also inside the statue is a small gift shop, which sells items in exchange for donations to the monastery.   A monastery and tourist Hong Kong village are located at the bottom of the hill from the Big Buddha.  After we left the Big Buddha we went shopping at Stanley Market and took pictures from Victoria's Peak to complete our day of tourism. 

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