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  • 2018.11.9
  • Travel
  • 中&上級

Lantau Island (Hong Kong)

香港・ランタオ島

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Most people who visit Hong Kong don’t get out of the city. There’s lots of great shopping and food in Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, after all. But one of the Chinese region’s best attractions is just a short ferry ride away.

Lantau Island is the biggest island in the Hong Kong chain, with large countryside parks, but barely 100,000 people living there. There’s plenty for tourists to do, though.

The biggest draw is definitely the Big Buddha. Take the bus or the Ngong Ping 360 cable car. The cable car is more expensive, but as you approach you’ll be treated to a great view of the Buddha seeming to sit on the tips of the trees. The Buddha isn’t old; it was completed in 1993. But it’s been welcomed by visitors and pilgrims alike. Climb 268 steps to three levels of smaller statues.

The Buddha is linked to Po Lin Monastery, a major center for Chinese Buddhism. A highlight is its Grand Hall of Ten Thousand Buddhas, but you might prefer the quiet treasure of the nearby Wisdom Path, a short walk from the monastery. The path is a hiking trail up toward Wisdom Peak. It’s lined by 10-meter-tall wooden columns with the Chinese version of the Heart Sutra written on them.

Take the bus to Tai O, one of the city’s few remaining fishing villages. The waters of Tai O are good for spotting pink dolphins, but one of the best ways to spend your time here is to walk through its streets of stilt houses and let your mind wander. You’ll think you were in an old 1970s kung fu movie.

And finally, yes, there’s a Disneyland here. Say no more. (T)

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attraction
(名)呼び物、アトラクション
◆The town’s biggest attraction for tourists is its summer music festival.
(観光客にとって街の最大の呼び物は、夏の音楽祭だ)
☞attract(動)引きつける、魅了する

barely
(副)~するのがやっと、わずか
◆I think that indie film is great, but it’s barely an hour long.
(インディーズ映画は面白いが、わずか1時間の長さしかない)

plenty
(名)豊富、多数
(形)たくさんの、十分な
◆There’s plenty more.(まだたくさんある)
◆There are plenty of shows and rides to enjoy at the new amusement park that just opened.
(オープンしたばかりの新しい遊園地では、たくさんのショーや乗り物が楽しめる)

draw
(名)呼び物
(動)引き込む、魅了する
◆Fireworks displays in Japan are always a big draw.
(日本で花火大会はいつも大きな呼び物となる)

seeming
(名)見せかけ、うわべ
(形)うわべの、外見だけの
◆The manager had a talk with Linda about her seeming lack of interest in her work lately.
(マネージャーは最近リンダが仕事に興味を失っているようなので、そのことについて彼女と話をした)
☞seemingly(副)一見したところ、外見的には

pilgrim
(名)巡礼者、放浪者
(動)巡礼する、放浪する
◆This temple is visited by thousands of pilgrims every year.
(この寺院には毎年何千人もの巡礼者が訪れる)
☞pilgrimage(動)巡礼する (名)巡礼、遍歴

monastery
(名)僧院、男子修道会
◆Buddhist monastery(仏教の僧院)
◆I want to visit the many churches and monasteries in Europe someday.
(いつか数多くのヨーロッパの教会や修道院を訪れたい)

stilt
(名)支柱
◆stilt houses(高床式の家)
◆All of the houses in this area are built on stilts that protect them from flooding during the monsoon season.
(この地域の住宅はすべてモンスーンの季節に洪水から守るため、高床式で建てられている)

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Listening Comprehension Check

Q1. What kind of village is Tai O?

  • A) A hunting village.
  • B) A farming village.
  • C) A fishing village.

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正解は、C
A fishing village.

Vocabulary Review Quiz

Q1. But one of the Chinese region’s best ( ) is just a short ferry ride away.

  • A) attractions
  • B) altercations
  • C) admission

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正解は、A
attractions

Q2. Lantau Island is the biggest island in the Hong Kong chain, with large countryside parks, but ( ) 100,000 people living there.

  • A) mostly
  • B) all
  • C) barely

正解を見る

正解は、C
barely

Q3. There’s ( ) for tourists to do, though.

  • A) plenty
  • B) particularly
  • C) plainly

正解を見る

正解は、A
plenty

Q4. The biggest ( ) is definitely the Big Buddha.

  • A) pulling
  • B) draw
  • C) interested

正解を見る

正解は、B
draw

Q5. The cable car is more expensive, but as you approach you’ll be treated to a great view of the Buddha ( ) to sit on the tips of the trees.

  • A) seeing
  • B) seeming
  • C) seething

正解を見る

正解は、B
seeming

Q6. But it’s been welcomed by visitors and ( ) alike. Climb 268 steps to three levels of smaller statues.

  • A) person
  • B) primitive
  • C) pilgrims

正解を見る

正解は、C
pilgrims

Q7. A highlight is its Grand Hall of Ten Thousand Buddhas, but you might prefer the quiet treasure of the nearby Wisdom Path, a short walk from the ( ).

  • A) mahogany
  • B) monastery
  • C) momentum

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正解は、B
monastery

Q8. The waters of Tai O are good for spotting pink dolphins, but one of the best ways to spend your time here is to walk through its streets of ( ) houses and let your mind wander.

  • A) stilt
  • B) sticky
  • C) stain

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正解は、A
stilt

Speaking practice

Q1. Would you like to visit Hong Kong's Lantau Island? Why or why not?※この問題に解答はありません

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