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Monday, March 14, 2011

Tian Tan Buddha

On the mountain ranges of the Lantau Island, a 34-meter bronze statue of Buddha sits on a lotus throne with his right hand raised. It is one of the world biggest outdoor bronze seated Buddha, an landmark and a key tourist attraction in Hong Kong.

Tian Tan Buddha, Lantau Island, Hong Kong

Known as the Tian Tan Buddha (literally translate to: Altar of Heaven), the giant bronze statue is nick named "Big Buddha". It so huge that can be easily seen from aeroplanes descending at the nearby Hong Kong International Airport; and even Macau on a clear day.

The Big Buddha from a distance

The Tian Tan "Big" Buddha is a symbol of Buddhism. It is associated with the adjacent Po Lin Monastery and the Wisdom Path. Admission to the Big Buddha (and Po Lin Monastery) is free. However, the entrance is set up in a way that gives its visitors the impression that they are required to pay. Once you have made your generous "donations", you can enter more rooms inside the structure, as well as a vegetarian meal at the Po Lin Monastery (and it does taste good).

The only way to see the Big Buddha up-close-and-personal is to walk all 268 steps. Visitors will be rewarded with an amazing scenic view of the Lantau Island.

Tian Tan "Big" Buddha at Hong Kong

Public transportion such as buses and Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car that departs from Tung Chung MTR (railway) station can take you to the Tian Tan Buddha. The bus trip is around 45 minutes on curved mountain roads; where the cable car is significantly dearer. Once arrived, take turns to visit the four attractions (Ngong Ping Village, Po Lin Monastery, Wisdom Path and Tian Tan Buddha) at your desire.

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