Tian Tan Buddha, also known as the Big Buddha, is a large statue of Buddha located at Ngong Ping, Lantau Island, in Hong Kong
HOW TO GET THERE
Following the same instructions I posted for Tai O, one of the way to get here is by Metro + Bus. You should take the metro to Tung Chung Station (Tung Chung Line). Once you reach to Tung Chung Station, take the exit B towards the bus station and grab the Bus 23. You will see some indications along the way to the bus station. The journey will take around 40 minutes and it costs around 17.20HKD (during holidays 27HKD). The views along the way will keep you busy for these 40 minutes.
The expensive and “must try at least once” alternative is by Cable Car. Take the metro to Tung Chung Station (Tung Chung Line) and then take the exit B and follow the indications towards the Cable Car. The only one inconvenient is that perhaps you may face a long queue to get tickets. In my case it took about 1.5h on Saturday morning. If you are thinking to grab the Cable Car, I would recommend you to arrive as early as possible to skip this queues.
The journey will take about 30 minutes and it costs 185HKD round trip (one way is about 130HKD). Also the views from the Cable Car are unique. Highly recommended if the day is clear.
Recommendation: If the day is clear in the morning, buy a one way cable car ticket and return by bus. By this way you will experience different types of views and transports. I think Cable Car + Bus is the best option if you are visiting this place only once.
Arrived to Ngong Ping Village, you have different ways to choose. Big Buddha, Po Lin Monastery or The Wisdom Path.
Towards to the Big Buddha, you will face about 270 stairs to reach to the platform. Highly recommended if you wanna enjoy of the views and take some photos. If the weather is clear, you will be able to see amazing views of the valley
Po Lin Monastery
The visit to the Monastery will take few minutes, but is a must to see since you are already there.
The Wisdom Path
Personally, the best part of Ngong Ping. Climbing down the stairs from the Big Buddha, you may turn the right direction and follow the Wisdom Path indications. There are some “restaurants” or bars panels indications on the way, just have to follow them to get to the Path.
After walking about 10 minutes, you will get there
After exploring around, you may find a path towards the Lantau Peak where you can see a viewpoint of the area. Good moment to take some photos.
I would recommend to walk a bit more further up to find better views of the valley.
The Lantau Peak is a trail which is unexplored for me. If you have enough time, I would recommend you to have a try!
Hope you enjoy this amazing place as I did!
- Location: Ngong Ping @ Lantau Island, Hong Kong
- Transportation chosen: Metro + Bus
- Time spent: 3.5h (transportation time not included)
- Season: September & December
- Weather conditions: Sunny with some clouds on September. Cloudy on December
- Score: 9/10