Big Buddha- Lan Tau Island Visit

15 Oct

The first week i arrived to Hong Kong was very busy with the university orientation events that i didn’t get much time to visit the city. Luckily our orientation program included a visit to Lantau island to see the big buddha.

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The City U college of business arranged our coach bus ride to the island which apparently is not accessible by car except for those who have special permits in order to preserve the island. Lantau island is the largest island in Hong Kong (twice the size of HK island) and it consisted mainly of fishing villages with very low population.

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After stopping to take some pictures by the beach, the bus ride continued uphill in twisting small roads, it was actually scary every time we turn because i’d think the bus was going to fall to the side.

The big buddha is located in Ngong Ping Lantau island and it is part of the Po Lin Monastery . The Monastery is currently closed for renovation but according to the Hong Kong Tourism board, it should open again in December.

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Tian Tan Buddha statue (informally known as the Big Buddha) was built in 1993. It is 34 meters high and faces the north (Usual Buddhas face south) to look over the Chinese people. It is the second largest outdoor sitting Buddha in the World (The largest one is in Taiwan).
You can climb 286 steps to get to the Lotus platform where the status is sitting. It might seem like a sweaty climb up but the view is totally worth it.

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286 steps to go up to the big Buddha

DSC_9223-1The View from the Big Buddha Platform

Inside the big Buddha, there are three accessible floors containing the relics of Gautama Buddha. Access there is limited and you can not take pictures inside. However the platform has an amazing view and you can also enjoy looking at the  “Six Offering Divas” surrounding the big Buddha and kneeing in front of him with offerings.

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How to get to the Big Buddha by public transport: 

  • MTR Tung Chung Station Exit B, then take Ngong Ping Cable Car, which takes around 25 minutes. Then walk for around 10 minutes to the Monastery.
  • MTR Tung Chung Station Exit B, then take New Lantao Bus 23 from Tung Chung Town Centre, which takes around 45 minutes. Then walk for eight minutes.
  • Catch ferry from Central Pier 6 to Mui Wo, then take New Lantao Bus 2 to Ngong Ping Village, which takes around 40 minutes.
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