Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Tian Tan Buddha in Hong Kong

That short vacation in Hong Kong in August of 2009 gave me a chance to visit the enormous Tian Tan Buddha.  Also referred to as the Big Buddha, the 250 metric ton statue is made of bronze and was completed in 1993.  With a height of 34 meters, it’s impossible not to spot the Tian Tan Buddha sitting on a throne on top of a high altar at Ngong Ping, Lantau Island in Hong Kong.

We [Lo, Bebe and I] arrived at the Ngong Ping Village a couple of hours after having lunch via the cable car.  The Big Buddha was the last place we visited while there which was just lovely.  The sun was already starting to set by the time we arrived at the top.  With 240 steps to climb, getting there was kind of a challenge especially to tired and hungry tourists.

Despite the tired legs and the growling stomach, reaching the top was worth it.  The view was breath taking!

There was a shop inside the statue selling gems, postcards and other souvenir items.  Bebe purchased a jade necklace for me.  We also paid for three [or four???] postcards to send to friends back home.

There are three floors beneath the statue.  We managed to check one of them and to be frank, it was such an experience!  It was unfortunate to not visit the other two.  But since it was already starting to get dark and well… our stomachs were already looking for food, we decided to save the other levels for another day.

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