Hello everyone. I was so upset to see the Chinese government's plans for
the lovely island of Lantau and it's main attraction, the world's largest
bronze Buddha. According to the Canadian Globe and Mail, gone will be the
hour long bus ride through peaceful tea plantations and a simple meal at the
Po Lin Monastery. In will be a 17 minute cable car ride to base of the
Buddha, hotels, fast food joints and karaoke. Construction expected to
begin next June and be finished by 2005 in time for the grand opening of the
Lantau Disney theme park in 2006!
If the 'westernization' of PoLin doesn't appeal to you, go now! Be sure to
take the bus to Tai O, Lantau's largest settlement where the Tanka boat
people have settled in converted boats and stilt houses built over the tidal
In fact the best advice for anyone considering visiting China is to GO NOW!