Touring Big Buddha Hong Kong is not something you should do if you’re scared of heights. So if you are now’s the time to get over it, because this is something you simply can’t miss.
Getting to Big Buddha (also called Tian Tan Buddha) is really easy. It’s located on Lantau island, and is easily accessible via the MTR. The gondola entrance is right next to the Tung Chung stop. You can’t miss it. This was a huge plus to staying at the Marriott, as they offer a free shuttle to the base of the gondola.
The cable car ride takes a while, so sit back, relax, and enjoy. Also, prepare yourself, because the view is breathtaking! I kept saying that it’s exactly how I picture Peter Pan’s trip to Neverland is (because my mind is always on something Disney). You know when Peter sits on the cloud with the Darling children? I almost expected to see them up there. It felt like we were off to visit another world!
You see Big Buddha on your way up, and it in itself is a sight to behold.
Upon arrival, visitors walk through the small village of Ngong Ping, before continuing to the famous Po Lin Monastery, which is located opposite the giant Big Buddha statue. Despite climbing the mountain via the gondola, your trek isn’t over just yet. To see the statue up close you must climb 268 steps.
Once you’re done exploring, you get back down the same way you came.
Such an amazing experience!