Big Buddha at Lantau Island, Hong Kong
From the cable car’s window view to Lantau Island, the sight of Big Buddha can already be seen. For a closer look, you have to walk and climb all the way to the top.
When you reach the Po Lin Monastery, you are just a few meters away from the Big Buddha. The hardest challenge is climbing your way to the top. If you think you’ll experience short of breath, take with you a bottle of water and don’t hesitate to take a pause in the middle of the 268-step stairs. Don’t give up! Just take a long deep breath and you’ll make it to the top. (Ooh, that sounds like an inspirational message! Haha!)
Built in 1993, Big Buddha or Tian Tian Buddha statue symbolises the harmonious relationship between man and nature, people and faith. The majestic bronze statue is 34 metres (112 ft) tall, weighs over 250 metric tons (280 short tons), and was constructed from 202 bronze pieces. It is positioned in a way, facing north, to look over the Chinese people in Mainland China.
Six smaller bronze statues surround the Big Buddha. “The Offering of the Six Devas” are all posed with offerings on their hands while kneeling. Holding flowers, incense, lamp, ointment, fruit and music, these statues symbolize what they call as the Six Perfections of generosity, morality, patience, zeal, meditation and wisdom.
More than learning about the statues’ history, it was the view that made me forget about that 268-step climb.
Seeing the buddha up-close from the outside is free of charge. Access to go inside the buddha has a fee.
Chubby brown dogs sleep and stroll around Lantau Island. Don’t worry, they seem harmless.
For refreshments, we passed by Feng Chia Market on the way back to Ngong Ping 360 cable car.
Before Ngong Ping 360’s last trip going back to the city, 6 in the evening, we circled our way for last few photographs of the island.
No time wasted while I was with my sister Reine. We read each other’s minds and get along without conflicts.
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