Day 40: Big Buddha

Today we took a trip up to the Big Buddha (Tian Tan) and Po Lin Monastery.  It was a cloudy and cool day so we thought it be the perfect opportunity for a visit.

There are a few ways to get there: 

  • Bus 23 from Tung Chung (takes 45 min and the busses are a good standard – for only 17.20 hkd each way)
  • Cable Car from Tung Chung (much more expensive – around 200 hkd, but more scenic)

We took the bus and enjoyed the foggy view of the rolling hills – very cool:

view on the way to the big buddha

When we were there I was shocked at how much has changed from my last time there, 10 years ago.  Now there is a huge commercial area, restaurants, souvenir shops, and so on.  Back then it was a lot less of a big deal, but it is good now for other reasons.

The fog was quite high, so we were unable to actually see the Buddha or the surroundings, but to me that added to the specialness of the visit.

just 268 steps up
buddha was a little shy today
to the monastery
old school food shops
new commercial section


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