Ngong Ping, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
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Best for Chilling out - Expert review of Big Buddha
Formally called Tian Tan Buddha, this 34-metre high, 250-ton hill-top statue is visible as you fly in or out of Chek Lap Kok airport (depending on weather and flight route). I always enjoy taking visitors here - the statue is relatively new (1993) but the adjacent Po Lin Monastery was founded in 1906 when Lantau Island was virtually uninhabited.
Consider the climb up the 200-odd steps to the statue as a mini-pilgrimage - and wander along the ridge line to Wisdom Path, a series of tall wooden inscriptions of the Buddhist Heart Sutra that's set within a figure of eight to symbolise infinity.
While primarily a religious site, BB is well on the tourist trail, with buses grinding up the steep access road and other visitors taking the cable car. Whichever route you choose, the scenery is nothing short of dramatic.
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- Mountain, Religious site, Viewpoint
- Ngong Ping, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
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- All year round
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