Thursday, February 25, 2010

Day Six: Free Day and Travel to Vietnam

24 February 2010

Free Day - Visit to the Big Buddha
Sixteen of the students decided to visit the Big Buddha in Hong Kong. We took the metro and the tram to get to the Big Buddha which was an experience on it's own. This was a good thing as today was very overcast and the Buddha is so high that it was very difficult to see anything once we got there. Lee and Chintan were very fortunate to see the Big Buddha a couple of times when the clouds parted so Lee was able to get a few pictures that he will share with the rest of us. Lee and Chintan visited a synagogue in the morning so perhaps God parted the clouds for them.

Aaron is waiting on the train

We were commenting that WMATA should consider using doors along the the Metro stations such as these on the Hong Kong Metro. The use of these doors prevent people from falling on the tracks and helps make the Metro system much safer. Aaron was actually commenting that the children that he works with on FIRST LEGO League (FLL) had recommended this type of a solution when they were working on their research this year.

The metro system was very clean and easy to navigate. We were impressed how open the stations felt. A much different experience than the DC Metro System.

The next part of our journey was the tram ride to the top of the mountain to the Big Budd ah. Every third car on the tram has a glass bottom and we opted to get the cars with the glass bottom. Most of the group were fine with this but there were a couple of people who did not enjoy it as much as the rest of us.

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