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    The Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery

    by johnlovesme Written Nov 4, 2014

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    The Buddha statue faces north towards Mainland China. It sits 26.4 metres atop a lotus throne and is 34 metres high, including the base. The statue cost HK$60 million.

    Once merely a remote monastery hidden by lush, mountain scenery, the Po Lin Monastery made it to the world map when the extraordinary Tian Tan Buddha statue (informally known as the Big Buddha) was erected in 1993.

    Sitting 34 metres high and facing north to look over the Chinese people, this majestic bronze Buddha draws pilgrims from all over Asia.

    The eyes, lips, incline of the head and right hand, which is raised to deliver a blessing to all, combine to bring a humbling depth of character and dignity to the massive Buddha, which took 12 years to complete.

    Climb the 268 steps for a closer look at this remarkable statue, and to enjoy the sweeping mountain and sea views that can be seen from its base.

    Opposite the statue, the Po Lin Monastery is one of Hong Kong’s most important Buddhist sanctums and has been dubbed ‘the Buddhist World in the South’.

    Home to many a devout monk, this monastery is rich with colourful manifestations of Buddhist iconography and its pleasant garden is alive with birdsong and flowery scents.

    You can also enlighten your appetite at their popular vegetarian restaurant.

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    Ngong Ping Village (2)

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 1, 2014

    Part two of my tips with more pictures

    walking in the huge Ngong Ping Village

    Ngong Ping Village is a theme park in Ngong Ping Plateau that lies just beside the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car and the Village has an area of 15,000 square meters and although this theme park has a free admission, the various attractions inside that you pay per entrance (or via a combo ticket with the Ngong Ping Cable Car Ride in various permutations) like the Walk With Buddha Multimedia Experience, Silence Motion 360, Stage 360 Movie Set. There is also a wide array of shops, souvenir shops, gift shops, restaurants, coffee house, tea house and eateries in Ngong Ping Village. The Village is set like a Typical Chinese Business Buidling and Shops of the 19th century.

    It is just a stone's throw away from the Po Lin Monastery and Tian Tian Sitting Buddha.

    The Ngong Ping Village and Cable Car is Open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm during weekdays
    9:30 am to 6:30 pm during weekends

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    Ngong Ping Village

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 1, 2014

    Ngong Ping Village is a theme park in Ngong Ping Plateau that lies just beside the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car and the Village has an area of 15,000 square meters and although this theme park has a free admission, the various attractions inside that you pay per entrance (or via a combo ticket with the Ngong Ping Cable Car Ride in various permutations) like the Walk With Buddha Multimedia Experience, Silence Motion 360, Stage 360 Movie Set. There is also a wide array of shops, souvenir shops, gift shops, restaurants, coffee house, tea house and eateries in Ngong Ping Village. The Village is set like a Typical Chinese Business Buidling and Shops of the 19th century.

    It is just a stone's throw away from the Po Lin Monastery and Tian Tian Sitting Buddha.

    The Ngong Ping Village and Cable Car is Open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm during weekdays
    9:30 am to 6:30 pm during weekends

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    Tsing Ma Bridge

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 1, 2014

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    The Tsing Ma Bridge is the great bridge of Hong Kong that connects the Airport here in Lantau Island to Hong Kong Proper. Thius bridge is even longer than the famous and my all time favorite bridge, the Golden Gate Bridge of San Francisco. It connects the two islands namely Tsing Yi and Ma Wan at both ends and continues to Lantau Island and they even have a famous observation deck built just beside the famous bridge. It is purported to be the longest suspension bridge with both rail and road traffic in the world and was built and finished in 1997. It is 3 lanes of traffic per side and it has a main span of 1,377 metres (4,518 ft) and a height of 206 metres (676 ft) and has two railway lines and two road lanes enclosed below the bridge it can still operate and transfer passengers and their luggage to and from the airport.

    It is best viewed from the Visitors Center and Viewing Deck that lies along Tsing Yi Island.

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    View from Ngong Ping 360 Cable car

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 1, 2014

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    simply spectacular and breath taking views and pictures taken while riding aboard the famous Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car. You Must have a powerful ultra zoom camera to take good shots of the far away places while riding the cable car.

    The Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car is a 5.7 kilometer ride from the ngong ping plateau to tung chung below and vice versa (it only has two stations, ngong ping and tung chung). It is a bi-cable gondola lift system that goes back and fort for a travel time of about 24 minutes either way and you would have spectacular views of the Chep Lap Kok Airport, The Po Lin Monastery, The Tian Tian Buddha and various Outlying Island and is connected via a short walk to the Tung Chung MTR Station from the Tung Chung Cable Car Station.

    They have two kinds of Cable Car, the Standard Cabin and the Crystal Cabin (where the floor is transparent Fiberglass! hence you can see the bottom). One Way Ticket Price for the Standard Cabin that sits 8 people is HKD $ 105 for adults and HKD $ 53 for children. Round trip is HKD $ 150 for adults and HKD $ 75 for children.

    The Park and Cable Car is Open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm during weekdays
    9:30 am to 6:30 pm during weekends

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    Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 1, 2014

    The Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car is a 5.7 kilometer ride from the ngong ping plateau to tung chung below and vice versa (it only has two stations, ngong ping and tung chung). It is a bi-cable gondola lift system that goes back and fort for a travel time of about 24 minutes either way and you would have spectacular views of the Chep Lap Kok Airport, The Po Lin Monastery, The Tian Tian Buddha and various Outlying Island and is connected via a short walk to the Tung Chung MTR Station from the Tung Chung Cable Car Station.

    They have two kinds of Cable Car, the Standard Cabin and the Crystal Cabin (where the floor is transparent Fiberglass! hence you can see the bottom). One Way Ticket Price for the Standard Cabin that sits 8 people is HKD $ 105 for adults and HKD $ 53 for children. Round trip is HKD $ 150 for adults and HKD $ 75 for children.

    The Park and Cable Car is Open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm during weekdays
    9:30 am to 6:30 pm during weekends

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    Po Lin Buddhist Monastery 2

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 1, 2014

    assorted views in the Monastery

    I have been to the Po Lin Buddhist Monastery a Few times and the first time was in 1993, when Lantau Island was still and Island that is connected to Hong Kong via the Outlying Islands Ferry and the recent one was in 2012, and the monastery has not changed a bit, only the Buddhist Vegetarian Restaurant has become bigger and more popular. The Monastery is located at the Ngong Ping Plateau and is just a stone's throw away from the giant Tian Tian Sitting Buddha and the Ngong Ping Village (of the cable car attraction). The Monastery was built in 1906 and Po Lin Monastery was known as "the Big Thatched Hut but then was renamed to Po Lin. Inside the complex are the Main Shrine Hall of Buddha, the Hall of Bodhisattva Skanda, The Vegetarian Restaurant, Grand Hall of Ten Thousand Buddhas.

    Admission is free, just remove your shoes when you are entering the various halls inside the complex.

    Opens: 7:00 am to 6:00 pm everyday

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    Po Lin Buddhist Monastery 1

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 1, 2014

    This will be a two part tip with more pictures inside the monastery.

    I have been to the Po Lin Buddhist Monastery a Few times and the first time was in 1993, when Lantau Island was still and Island that is connected to Hong Kong via the Outlying Islands Ferry and the recent one was in 2012, and the monastery has not changed a bit, only the Buddhist Vegetarian Restaurant has become bigger and more popular. The Monastery is located at the Ngong Ping Plateau and is just a stone's throw away from the giant Tian Tian Sitting Buddha and the Ngong Ping Village (of the cable car attraction). The Monastery was built in 1906 and Po Lin Monastery was known as "the Big Thatched Hut but then was renamed to Po Lin. Inside the complex are the Main Shrine Hall of Buddha, the Hall of Bodhisattva Skanda, The Vegetarian Restaurant, Grand Hall of Ten Thousand Buddhas.

    Admission is free, just remove your shoes when you are entering the various halls inside the complex.

    Opens: 7:00 am to 6:00 pm everyday

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    Tai'o Fishing Village

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 1, 2014

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    most of the people here come from the Hakka, an ethnic minority in Hong Kong.

    this fishing village is as old as china, it is just a typical chinese fishing village but it's claim to prominence started in the 1800's wherein it bacame a transhipment point for illegal immigrants to Hong Kong from China (remember, before the 1896, the 99 year lease granted by China to Great Britain, the British Possesions were just Hong Kong Island! Kowloon and the other outlying islands and new territories became part of the colony after the lease!). In this fishing village aslo most of the people are hakka minority instead of cantonese. At Present, tourism, whale watching and Sea Food Dining are the main draw of the Village and various Lantau Island Tours Include a stop at this famous Fishing Village.

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    fresh and dried fishes from Tai'o Village

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 1, 2014

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    asians like dried fishes too and you can buy assorted dried fishes and squids here as the dried fish and squids are used in a variety of asian cuisines as a flavoring, as a side dish, as a garnishing, as a meal in itself. You can buy assorted dried seafoods like the the dried fishes of different species and dried squid and octopus and even cuttlefish. They aslo sell dried shrimps and fish paste as flavor enhancers to various asian cuisines. You Can haggle the prices here at Tai'o Market but you need your tour guide to help you are most local sellers hardly understand english.

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    Taoist Temple

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 1, 2014

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    native chinese religion, taoist temples are usually located near bodies of water while buddhist temples are near mountains and if you are in Tai'O Fishing Village in Lantau Island, You can Visit the local Taoist Temple which is open from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm everyday and see the various Daoist (Taoist Deities) and the various rituals and offerings that they do in a taoist temple. but be sure to leave your shoes before entering as it is forbidden to go inside with shoes and also you must be dressed in an appropriate wear (tank tops, mini skirts, plunging necklines, swim wear are not allowed).

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    Cheung Sha Beach

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 1, 2014

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    Cheung Sha Beach is the longest public beach in Hong Kong and is divided into two areas, Upper Cheung Sha and Lower Cheung Sha Beach areas and the nearby Pui'O Public Beach. It is located at the Village of Pui'O at the South eastern side of Lantau Island, about a 10 minute drive from Silvermine Bay in Mui'O.

    Upper Cheung Sha Beach is easily accessible for tourists as there are many parking stands just beside it for buses and cars. The Golden Sand Beaches of Cheung Sha is 3 kilometers long and besides the usual swimming and sun tanning, you can also windsurfing, sailing, kayaking, skim boarding and wakeboarding here and then eat lunch at the three beachside restaurants in the Upper Cheung Sha Beach area.

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    Facilities Around Cheung Sha Beach

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 1, 2014

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    it is a popular destination for native hong kongers and it has adequate facilities for the public. It is one of the more than 40 public beaches around hong kong and it's outlying islands. Cheung Sha Beach has the usual beach facilities you can see at a public beach such are changing and shower facilities, snack and souvenir stands, public grilling areas, public tables and chairs and rest rooms. there are posters which indicates the safe swimming hours and the dates of the swimming hours and the times where life guards are available and the swimming hours changes during each season. Swimmers are not allowed during the night and beach parties are forbidden too.

    Opens: 7:00 am to 6:00 pm everyday

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    Views Around Tian Tian Buddha

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 1, 2014

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    panoramic Views around Ngong Ping Plateau from the Tia Tian Buddha

    Besides this Huge Tian Tian Sitting Buddha, There is a multi level plaza that houses various Buddhist Statues and 360 degree verandas that you can see the surroundings for again, 360 degrees. The Ngong Ping Plateau also houses a Vegetarian Restaurant and Various Monasteries like Po Lin and the Ngong Ping 360 Theme Park and Cable Car Attraction. From here, you can see enjoy panoramic views of Lantau and the South China Sea and the Lantau Peak and even the various ferry boats going to and from Macau to Hong Kong.


    The Exhibituion Hall inside the Tian Tian Buddha is open from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm everyday

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    Tian Tian Giant Sitting Buddha

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 1, 2014

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    the largest outside sitting buddha in the world. for my old analog pictures at it see my old hong kong island tips.

    This Tallest outside sitting Buddha in the World stands at 85 feet (called Giant or "Tian Tian" Buddha) and sits on the Ngong Ping Plateau in Lantau Island (that is why this is the end part of the Ngong Ping 360! a 6 km cable car ride that starts from tung chung area to Ngong Ping that is 30 minutes in duration). Tian Tan Buddha sits atop the 482 meter Mount Muk Yue Shan. The whole complex stands opposite to the Po Lin monastery and is 6,547 square meters in size. Facing North, the 34 meter tall Tian Tan Buddha statue sits on a three-storey pedestal of which you can find a 3 sotry exhibition hall housing various Chinese Buddhist Artifacts. The Ngong Ping Plateau also houses a Vegetarian Restaurant and Various Monasteries like Po Lin. The Buddha was completed in 1993 and became a tourist attraction for tourist and pilgrimage site for buddhists. It is near the Ngong Ping Village Theme Park.

    The Exhibituion Hall inside the Tian Tian Buddha is open from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm everyday

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