This is one of the nicest places to visit in HongKong.
This giant sitting Buddha is one of the worlds tallest and biggest.
It sits on the Ngong Pin Plateau in Lantau Island of Hongkong.
There you can enjoy the view of the island while feeling the serenity and peacefulness of the place.
The Buddha was completed in 1993 and became one of the famous tourist attraction in Hongkong.
There you can also find Buddhist Temples. It is also a site of pilgrimage for Buddhist.
It is easy to get there from Hongkong International Airport.
Cabs are available in the airport that heads directly to the island.
Lantau Island is almost twice the size of Hong Kong Island and is one of the best-loved outlying islands according to my 6-day observation of tourists. The island is one of the greatest attractions of Hong Kong because of the cable car service and the possibility to see Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphin (if you prefer to go by boat of course).
The quickest way to Lantau Island from Kowloon is by taking the MTR to Tung Chung. But the more scenic and enjoyable way is by ferry to Mui Wo on Lantau Island, then take the bus to the Buddha. The bus terminal is right outside the ferry terminal. You can then take the cable car to Citygate at Tung Chung (one way ticket, not return). From Citygate you can take the MTR to Disneyland.
The world of tomorrow and youthful sense of adventure, and the world class theme park… my kids dream is to experience the magic of this land were finally come true… if you are not been to Tokyo Disney land or US you can start here in Hong kong, go visit this legendary fairy tale Kingdom.
Tickets are available at the park entrance, it can also be reserved when booking room through reservation, or it is included in your package tour.
Entrance fee: HK$210 for children
HK$295 for adults
I've had a couple of rides in Europe but the 5.7 Km cable car journey in Lantau is definitely the best. We've chosen the Crystal cars (more expensive but worth it) of the Ngong Ping 360. This cable car differs from the normal cable car as its floor is made of glass so passengers get to see the view under their feet (namely, the ocean, the mountains and what-have-you)! I found it overwhelming to be between sky and ground/ocean because the views are breathtaking! You will enjoy the signt of the huge Tian Tan Buddha Statue - the world's largest outdoor seated Buddha statue - while inside the cable car.
At the end of the journey, one will be impressed by a cultural themed village. One can even ride horses, consult a fortune teller or take a great walk in the forest whilst there. We decided to climb the stairs to the Tian Tan Buddha Statue. It was fun!
This was our 2nd time to visit Hong Kong and of course we enjoyed ourselves to the recently built Disneyland. It was both our first time to ever visit a Disneylad park. We spent one whole day under 8 degrees Farenheit of cold and rode every rides that we can and watched all the shows especially the Mickey's Harmonic Orchestra! That show is cool! It was the very first also that we've watched a 3G movie. We were awed & amazed like 6-12 yrs old kids who were left on a theme park running about. It felt good feeling like a kid. If you see that there's a line of around 10-20 people on a ride, go ahead and add up to that line because that's one of the shortests it can get specially on weekends! Even picture taking with your favorite characters has a line! As far as I know there are no fireworks on weekdays (except Friday) so if you plan to visit & maximize the Disney experience, go there on weekends!
The longest cable car ride I've had so far, the Ngong Ping Cable Car connects Tung Chung and Ngong Ping Village. Enjoy a view of the Tung Chung Bay as you ascend and descend over at least three valleys of Lantau Island. For those too lazy to go up the Buddha, here is your chance to see the huge statue without all breaking a sweat. The ride takes about 20 to 30 minutes, just abut enough time to get over any fear of heights. Individual car holds up to 17 people (so they say) and don't forget to give a big grin for the camera when you reach the Ngong Ping Village Station.
You look up to the southwest from Tei Tan square in the middle of the Po Lin Monastery plaza, you see a flight of 260 steps leading to the world's largest outdoor bronze statue of Buddha. The huge statue body is a breathtaking sight, and the kind smile on His face instills a sense of peacefulness. The Tian Tan Buddha sits solemnly atop the 482m Muk Yue Shan. Standing opposite to the monastery, the whole complex is 6,547 m2 in size.
Currently, the resort only consists of one Disney theme park, Hong Kong Disneyland, and the second phase of reclamation works in Penny's Bay has begun, expecting to finish by 2008.
According to the agreement of Walt Disney Company and the Government of Hong Kong, the land is reserved for the future development of the resort. However, currently no plans exist for Hong Kong Disneyland to open a second park in the resort.
The Tian Tan Buddha statue (or simply Big Buddha) can be found on Lantau Island and has become a symbol of Hong Kong. Completed in 1993, it is the world's largest seated outdoor bronze Buddha statue at 34 metres tall and weighing in at 250 tonnes. The 202 segments of the statue were made in China and then shipped to Hong Kong. The cost of some HK $68 million was met by subscriptions from Buddhists in Hong Kong and China and from donations from all over the world. There are a total of 268 steps that lead up to the statue and once at the top, the views of Lantau Island are very good plus you get a good birds-eye view of the nearby Po Lin Monastery, down below. The best way to reach the monastery and Big Buddha is to take the Ngong Ping 360 cable car from the Tung Chung MTR station.
Open: Daily between 10am-5.30pm.
The Po Lin Monastery ("Precious Lotus Zen Temple") is a Buddhist monastery on Lantau Island, near the International airport and is one of Hong Kong's most popular sights, thanks, mainly, to its large Tian Tan Buddha. The monastery itself was founded in 1906 by three monks visiting from Jiangsu. The main temple building houses three bronze statues of the Buddha representing his past, present and future lives. There are also a few large vegetarian restaurants here, if you get the munchies.
Open daily from 9am-6pm.
The Ngong Ping 360 is a cable car that runs on Lantau Island between the Tung Chung MTR station and the new tourist village of Ngong Ping where the Po Lin Monastery and Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha statue) are located. It was opened in September 2006 and runs for 5.7km over Tung Chung Bay and over some lovely hills of Lantau North Country Park before terminating at Ngong Ping. The journey takes about 25 minutes which is far quicker and easier than taking a bus, which is what I did back in 2002 when I first visited Hong Kong.
Open: 10am-6pm Mon-Fri, 9am-6.30pm Sat & Sun.
Prices: Weekdays & Saturdays (round/single trip) - HK$88/58, Sundays & bank holidays - HK$98/68
It is a great place to be away from the bustling city of Hong Kong and relax on a hill peak and immense in Buddhism. You would feel instantly calmer and peaceful. It is a must to climb up the steps all the way to the top of Giant Buddha. You get some exercise and appreciate the architecture of the Buddha itself.
Then make your way for lunch at the vegetarian restuarant. It may not taste great for most people but I think it's the experience that counts. The Ngong Ping village is a bit kitsch for me as it is entirely built for tourists but it's great for photo-taking.
Main attraction in Hong Kong if you have children. They will love it. The shows are incredible and they are preparing seriously.
Please check regularly HK Disneyland website (http://www.hongkongdisneyland.com). They offer interesting packages, usually will give you much more advantages than buying separately. We took hotel package and get one day extra park entry.
We went across to Lantau Island to see the biggest buddha I have ever seen! you literally stand at the bottom of some stairs when you arrive, look up and there is a huge buddha looking down at you. Climb up the steps (which are very steep) and it's well worth the hike up! There are also some other statues up there which are worth seeing. It took us quite a while to get there and you need a good day really.