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Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha), Hong Kong

Categories: Monuments, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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Both a pilgrimage site and a popular tourist attraction, Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha) ranks among the city's top must-sees. The massive 34 m (111 ft) bronze statue, formally known as Tian Tan Buddha, was erected in 1993, bringing the Po Lin Monastery to the world's attention. The Buddha sits at the top of 268 steps, facing north. Climb to the top for a closer look at the statue, and to savor the panoramic vista of mountains and sea below. Remember that this is an important Buddhist site, so be respectful of those here to see Buddha as more than a tourist attraction. After your visit, explore the Po Lin Monastery just opposite. Put Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha) and other Hong Kong attractions into our Hong Kong vacation builder, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • We went on a tour of Lantau Island and the visit to the Tia Tan Buddha was part of our trip. Wow, what a huge statue but slightly spoilt by the lashing rain whilst we were there. the visit to the Mona...  read more »
  • Head there after midday. WE got there for a quick trip at 4pm and was enough time to take the cable car both ways, see the monastery and climb up the big Buddha steps without any queues. 
  • The best ride of Hong kong begins with the choice of Crystal, as they call it. I don't think it's merely an expense. The 20-minute cable car up the big Buddha become a unique experience in cart with glass floor. Enjoy the scenery! Coming to big Buddha there is a good framework for tourists: shops, restrooms, restaurants. Advancing the walk we reached the staircase that leads to the Big Buddha. Courage! If you need to take breaks for pictures (and to catch my breath). Coming to enjoy monument to meditate and contemplate the whole vista around. For an extra fee you can include a tour of other places in the region, which includes a monastery which can be seen from the top of the Big Buddha. We didn't do this tour extended by mere lack of time. It's worth mentioning that to get to the Big Buddha, the best way is by metro. Very easy!! And if you're looking for a little shopping, on the same station has a very good outlet.
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  • The big Buddha is a famous place to go if you're in HK. I love going there it's peaceful (if you have headphones). The view is stunning from the Buddha, and the Buddha itself is marvelous. As it is a very touristic place, it's usually crowded there, which makes the visit a bit less pleasant. Multiple way to go there, the cable car, the taxi, the bus or hiking so no excuses
  • It was one of the best visit to my trip to Hong Kong. The Buddha statue is absolutely stunning. And the view from the top, of all the island, is also beautiful. Take a picture with the soldier representing your Chinese astrology animal, before climbing all the stairs, then brace yourself for some stairs ! There is a fee to go inside the Buddha statue. Even if it is not very expensive, I don't think there is much to see (I didn't go inside). The trip by bus to get to the statue could be a little long (1hour to 1hour and a half) but you can admire the landscapes of the island, going next to the beaches, through small villages. I would recommend if you want to discover.
  • This is a great day out. Take tge Nong Ping Cable cars from Tung Chung to Lantau Island. You pay for the cable car but the Bhudda and Monastery are free when you get there. The cable cars are a novelty themselves. The journey over is about 10-15 mins in the cable car. Once in the village there are plenty of souvenir shops, coffee shops and food places. You can view the sights at your leisure. Be warned if it's a warm day the sun can be strong so take suncream and a hat and plenty of water.
  • I am not a buddhist but I visit the Big Buddha every time I visit Hong Kong once every few years. Saying the Buddha Statue is magnificent is an understatement. In fact the entire journey to the the site were enjoyable. The cable car ride, walked through the market street, climbed up the Buddha hill all felt like spiritual experience. The closer one gets to the Buddha, the surrounding becomes serener in contrast to the buzzing city living. Everything are well designed, constructed and operated. I think they striked a good balance between a spiritual site and a tourist attraction.
  • The vegetarian meal is relatively expensive, but is surprisingly simple yet delicious. It might be a good idea to have the meal first, before going up to the buddha. As there's a museum below the buddha but on top of the stairs, which require an receipt from either the vegetarian restaurant (which i used) or purchase of a snack(which i cannot be sure). It consist of the scrolls, paintings and relics of the buddhist faith in hong kong.
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