Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Big Buddha...The Giant Statue in Hong Kong

The Tian Tan buddha also known as The Big Buddha, is one of the major tourist attractions in Hong kong.

the Big Buddha, Lantau Island, Hong Kong China
The Big Buddha, Lantau Island Hong Kong
Situated high on a mountain top on Lantau Island near the Po Lin monastery, The Big Buddha is a staggering 112ft tall and weighs in 250 metric tons; quite a monument to a guy who was fond of saying he was nothing.  

The best way to get to the Big Buddha is by bus.  The nearest stop is Ngong Ping.  The NLB #2 can be taken from Mui Wo or the NLB #23 leaves from Tung Chung.  For many visitors the #23 is the best bet because the MTR runs out to Tung Chung.  It is easy to take the MTR from anywhere in the city to Tung Chung and then catch the NLB #23 from the bus terminal just West of of the Tung Chung MTR station.

Visiting the Big Buddha is free but you need to make an offereing if you want to go into the temple underneath were ashed said to be from the Buddha's cremation are kept.

For an additional adventure take the Ngong Ping cable car up to Po Lin and the big Buddha.   Be aware that the cable car has been closed over the winder 2011-2012.  It's a good idea to check ahead of time and make sure it's running.   

Do remember that the Big Buddha, while designed as a tourist attraction, is part of the Po Lin monastery.  Please be respectful of the monks of tian tan and their way of life.

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