Visit Big Buddha on Hong Kong’s Lantau Island

If you visit Hong Kong, you will definitely want to visit Tian Tan Buddha.

Big Buddha, as he is affectionately called, is located on Lantau Island in Hong Kong.

To arrive there, you can take the Hong Kong subway (known as the MTR) to the Tung Chung stop.

Then you will have to take the Ngong Ping 360 cable car for a 35-minute ride to Ngong Ping. A round-trip on a standard car will cost you $185 HK dollars for an adult or $95 HK dollars for a child. Or, you can get the Crystal car with a glass bottom ($255 HK dollars for a round-trip adult ticket; $175 HK dollars for a child’s round-trip ticket). One HK dollar equals about $8 US.

To get to see Big Buddha up close and personal, bring good shoes as you will have to climb 268 steps to arrive to the platform where the statue is perched.

Big Budhha has some unique features. He is 112 feet tall and weighs more than 250 metric tons. The statue was created from more than 200 individual bronze pieces. Most Buddhas are said to face south. Big Buddha faces North. Big Buddha’s right hand is raises as a gesture of blessing.

Also surrounding Big Buddha are six Buddhistic statues. They are all making offerings to the Buddha. The six statues are said to represent the “Six Perfections” necessary for Enlightenment: morality, generosity, patience, zeal, Meditation and wisdom.

That’s the Lowdown.


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