Discover Tian Tan Big Buddha - Hong Kong
Hong Kong is always full of surprises. Though majority of the crowd knows about its bustling city – be it day or night – there are a few off beaten destinations, which gladly open their doors to those who would give it a try. In the vicinity of Lantau Island, there are two sites wherein travelers can visit within a day: The Big Buddha (also known as Tian Tan Buddha), and the simple fishing village of Tai O.
Atop a small hill, with a narrow stairway as its only entrance way, the Big Buddha of Hong Kong calmly looks upon his guests as they climb up the stone steps to join him. This image of monumental proportions symbolizes the harmonious relationship between man and nature, people and faith. Standing 34 meters tall, travelers who flock to his side are treated with not only an impressive close up shot of the Buddha himself, but also a breathtaking view of the surrounding hills and trees, and a full picture of the Po Lin Monastery below. Travelers, who might be weary after the climb, should head to the nearby fishing village of Tai O. It is a quaint picturesque place with houses standing on top of water with the help of stilts. Visitors will enjoy viewing the boats traveling through the seaweed green waters, as their senses are awoken by fresh seafood and local treats.
Trip Guru would like to suggest to future visitors that if they plan to visit any of these destinations, it is better if they visit the Big Buddha first. This site is only open from 10:00AM to 7:00PM, and even if the outside is free of charge, there is an admission fee of 25 HKD. Also, visiting the village after the climb is a great way to end your journey with a good note.
To get to the big Buddha, travelers can take the MTR from and head to Tung Chung station. From there you can either take a round trip gondola ride (125 HKD), or take a bus (17.20 HKD) to get to your destination. However, if Tai O village is the only site you are visiting, take a ferry from Central Pier 6 to Mui Wo, and then take Bus No. 1 to Tai O.