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It’s funny; click the “Hong Kong” tag on Instagram and I’m absolutely sure that you’ll find a billion pictures of happy-go-lucky tourists posing in front of the Tian Tan “ Big” Buddha statue on top of Ngong Ping. And why not?
I made my own journey to the Tian Tan “Big” Buddha in Hong Kong back in September of 2012 on a memorable trip with two of my colleagues from the Chinese mainland. But first, here are the facts:
Completed in December of 1993, the Tian Tan “Big” Buddha statue stands at 34-meters tall and weighs 250 metric tons. It depicts the Sakyamuni Buddha and lies in a seated position atop a lotus flower with its right hand lifted, which represents generosity and blessings to all people.
My friends and I reached the statue—located at Ngong Ping, Lantau Island—by way of shuttle. The ride up the mountain took only an hour; yet, it definitely felt like an eternity due to the fact that our driver was a bit reckless during turns and passing other vehicles. I feared for my life quietly!
Once at the top it was impossible to miss the Tian Tan Buddha statue, which was perched nearby high above the mountains forestry.
We made our way towards the statue and ran into the 2nd most unpleasant part of the journey: having to walk up 268 steps just to arrive at its base.
My friend and I were too tired to directly walk all the way up so we made a few stops and took pictures.
Once at the top, though, we were not only amazed at just how massive the bronze statue actually was, but were also thoroughly impressed by the picturesque lush green backdrop in the surrounding the area, which was perfect for snapping some fantastic photos.
We’d end up circling around the walkway lining the monument and discovered six smaller, equally well-crafted statues known as "The Offering of the Six Devas."
These figures were arranged in poses offering gifts such as fruit, music, flowers, to the Buddha, and as a tourist, it did help enhance the majestic feel of the Tian Tan “Big” Buddha.
My friends and I only stayed for about an hour and half. We’d take more pictures, take in the scenery, and head back on what would be another thrilling rollercoaster ride back down the mountain. Awesome!
To learn more information about transportation, hours, and pricing, check out the Ngong Ping 360 website and Po Lin Monastery website.
Oh yeah, if you’re visiting the Big Buddha early enough to continue onto other adventures, make sure to head to Disneyland Hong Kong, which is not too far away.
Directions to Tian Tan "Giant" Buddha in Hong Kong: Hop on a Subway to MTR Tung Chung Station. Exit B. From there, you can either take the Ngong Ping 360 cable car service or hop on the New Lantao Bus #23.
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