Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha), Hong Kong

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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. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha) by using our Hong Kong road trip site .
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  • Initially take the cable car that runs through the two islands, guaranteed and wonderful sensations. Arrived at the foot of the great Buddha, which is impressive.
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  • Wonderfull place to visit in Hong Kong, very positive energy and beautiful environment, i recomend as no 1 address if visiting the region  more »
  • This is a great place to visit in Hong Kong. We took the cable car up and down the mountain but we allowed for a relaxing day at the top to see the Buddha plus enough time to visit the Monastery nearb...  more »
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  • Make sure sky is clear and there is no fog, before going to the Buddha. If you go in winter remember that Buddha is quite high up so it could be quite cold though the experience is really great. The steps up to the Buddha make for terrific photos and the 34m tall statue is quite imposing with the background of forest, South China Sea and islands in the distance. Views are really great and the platform has a small museum detailing the difficult task of building the monument plus shrine within its body. Statute was opened in 1993 so it is not as ancient as one might believe. That said, this is definitely a must see.
  • Breathtaking trip. From the window of the cable car you can see the highway being eaten by the ocean, only to resurface and leave you amazed by human engineering. Up top, is what you'd expect, namely tourist targeted experience. Souvenirs and food. The statue is breathtaking, and it is easy to forget that you took a train from one of the busiest places on earth to get there.
  • The journey to see the Buddha is a must when visiting Hong Kong. There are many other things to see and do in the area. You could spend the whole day in the village. I would recommend taking the cable car to see the Buddha. It is the most convenient way to get there and provides some incredible views along the way. I was blown away by the Buddha itself.
  • It was quite a foggy day when we visited, however that added to the atmosphere (visiting a sacred place high in the clouds). There is a small town after you get off the cable car selling food and many trinkets/souvenirs. You will have to climb a number of stairs up to the Big Buddha and I'm sure great views on a less foggy day. There is also the temple where you can go to pray and enjoy a vegetarian meal and sweets.
  • Despite the cold weather as the Buddha is quite high up and exposed the experience is really great. The steps up to the Buddha make for some great photos and the 34m tall statue is quite imposing with the background of forest and the South China Sea in the distance. Great views and the platform has a small museum detailing the difficult task of building the monument. Note: this is not an ancient statue for history buffs as it was opened in 1993. Though that said, this is definitely a must see during your visit to Hong Kong.
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