Touring Big Buddha Hong Kong is not the thing to do if you’re scared of heights, and even though I kind of am, I was still very excited to visit. It’s something you simply can’t miss.
Getting to Big Buddha (also called Tian Tan Buddha) is very 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, so again, you can’t miss it. This is another highlight of staying at the SkyCity Marriott, as they offer a free shuttle to the base of the gondola!
The cable car ride up takes a while, so sit back, relax, and enjoy. Oh, and be prepared to climb (not physically of course). But, wow – the view is breathtaking! It’s exactly how I’d picture Peter Pan’s trip to Neverland (because my mind is always on something Disney/fairytale). You know when Peter sits on the cloud with the Darling children? I almost expected to see them up there. We literally saw the cloud lines. It felt like we were off to visit another world!
Big Buddha itself is a sight to behold! Upon arrival, visitors walk through the small, adorable village of Ngong Ping, before continuing to the famous Po Lin Monastery, which is located opposite the giant Big Buddha statue. However, despite climbing the mountain via the gondola, your trek isn’t over just yet. To see the statue up close and personal, you must climb 268 steps. However, if you’ve done the steps at the 10 Thousand Buddha temple, this walk is no big deal!
Once you’re done seeing Big Buddha, to get back down the massive mountain, you simply hop back on the gondola and go back the way you came.