Friday, May 8, 2015

Hong Kong Trip - Visiting Big Buddha at Lantau Island

We planned to visit the Big Buddha on Sunday morning. The temple where the Big Buddha is located is called Tian Tan and located at Lantau Island by the side of Po Lin Monastery. There is a 34-meter high bronze statue of Sakyamuni Buddha overlooking the monastery from the top of Muk Yue Shan. To reach the peak, all the tourists shall climb 268 steps of staircase.

The Big Buddha is sitting on three-storey pedestal. The pedestal is actually an exhibition house of various Buddhist's item.

The Big Buddha is smiling

Around the Big Buddha, there are six status of 'Offerings from Six Devas' which show the devas (gods) offering flower, incense, lamp, ointment, fruit, and music to the Buddha. The six offerings symbolise six perfections of generosity, morality, zeal, meditation, and wisdom. Only when one obtain all the traits, he is able to reach the enlightenment.

Lantau Island is located at the west of Hong Kong. To reach there, we took MTR from Yau Ma Tei to Tung Chung and then transferred to the cable car. There are two of the cable car that the tourists can take for going into Lantau Island, namely standard cabin and crystal cabin. Crystal cabin offers a glass bottom so that you can thrill yourselves along the 30-minutes journey.

We took standard cabin which cost us HKD 155 (~SGD 27) and we had purchased the ticket online. Therefore, we did not need to queue at the counter to collect the tickets. We arrived quite early so we did not see any queue, but when we went out at mid-day, the queue was already snake long.

Inside the cable car 
The view of the strait 
Almost reaching

When we arrived at the terminus, we were greeted by a souvenir shop of Ngongping360. A family of monkey is the mascot of this place.

Monkey Boy and me
In front of the terminus, we could already see the Big Buddha from afar. However, from the cable car terminus to the Big Buddha, we still needed to walk a distance passing through Ngongping Village.

Posing in front of the terminus
The start of Ngongping Village
Let's start the walk through the restaurants and shops
Getting nearer

And nearer

We were then moved to a huge porch leading to Po Lin Monastery and Tian Tan. We started to climb the stairs. After climbing ups and downs in Zhangjiajie and Guilin, this was nothing.

Start to climb
Mom and dad with the Big Buddha
The view of Po Lin Monastery from the top

When we walked down, we found a beautiful spot to take pictures!

My beloved mom and I

We did not spend much time in Ngongping360. About mid-day we rushed back to the Tung Chung to visit Citygate Outlet Mall before going on with our next itinerary.

The view is better when we headed back

Love is in the air,
Little Feet

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