Tian Tan Buddha (the Big Buddha)

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The Big Buddha is located in Ngong Ping, Lantau Island, Hong Kong. You could get to the Buddha either by the cable car or by bus. The cable car was under construction when I was visiting so I went by bus.

To get to the bus terminal, take the Tung Chung Line and get off at Tung Chung Station, and then take exit B. Follow the signs toward the cable car; the bus terminal is right next to the cable car station. Take Bus 23 from Tung Chung Town Centre terminal, your Octopus card can be used to pay for the ride, which costs HK$17 one way. The bus ride is about 45 minutes. It really is an experience taking the bus along the winding and narrow roads on the edges of the cliffs. It’s thrilling and terrifying, but has really beautiful views, and I definitely think it’s worth the long ride.

The attraction closes at 5:30 pm so plan your trip accordingly. I would also recommend going earlier in the day because the sun sets behind the Buddha so it’s quit challenging to get good photos then, as you can see in my photos.

The Po Lin Monastery sits across from the Buddha and is worth a visit when you’re in the area.

Once you’re ready to head back to the bustling city, take Bus 23 back to the bus terminal, get to the MTR, and take the Tung Chung Line back to other connecting lines.


Have fun!




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