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Hong Kong Tian Tan Giant Buddha Map

Perched high on the hills of Lantau Island, the Big Buddha Hong Kong statue is one of the city's most impressive sights and should be at the business end of any sightseeing list. Tian Tan Buddha, also known as the Big Buddha, is a large bronze statue of a Buddha, completed in 1993, and located at Ngong Ping, Lantau Island, in Hong Kong. The statue is located near Po Lin Monastery and symbolises the harmonious relationship between man and nature, people and religion. It is a major centre of Buddhism in Hong Kong, and is also a popular tourist attraction.

Hong Kong Giant Buddha

Hong Kong Giant Buddha

The statue is named Tian Tan Buddha because its base is a model of the Altar of Heaven or Earthly Mount of Tian Tan, the Temple of Heaven in Beijing. It is one of the five large Buddha statues in China. The Buddha statue sits on a lotus throne on top of a three-platform altar. It is surrounded by six smaller bronze statues known as "The Offering of the Six Devas" and are posed offering flowers, incense, lamp, ointment, fruit, and music to the Buddha. These offerings symbolize charity, morality, patience, zeal, meditation, and wisdom, all of which are necessary to enter into nirvana.

The Buddha is 34 metres (112 ft) tall, weighs 250 metric tons (280 short tons), and was the world's tallest outdoor bronze seated Buddha prior to 2007.It reputedly can even be seen from as far away as Macau on a clear day. Visitors have to climb 268 steps in order to reach the Buddha, though the site also features a small winding road to the Buddha for vehicles to accommodate the handicapped.

The Tian Tan Buddha appears serene and dignified. His right hand is raised, representing the removal of affliction.The Buddha's left hand rests on his lap in a gesture of giving dhana. The Buddha faces north, which is unique among the great Buddha statues, as all others face south.

Hong Kong Giant Buddha

Buddhistic statues making offerings to the Buddha

In addition, there are 3 floors beneath the Buddha statue: The Hall of Universe, The Hall of Benevolent Merit, and The Hall of Remembrance. One of the most renowned features inside is a relic of Gautama Buddha, consisting of some of his alleged cremated remains. Only visitors who purchase an offering for the Buddha are allowed to see the relic, in order to leave the offering there. There is a huge carved bell inscribed with images of Buddhas in the show room. It was designed to ring every seven minutes, 108 times a day, symbolising the release of 108 kinds of human vexations.

From the base of the statue you can climb the 260 steps for a better inspection of the big man. On the way up you¡¯ll spot a set of six Bodhisattva statues, saints who gave up their palace in heaven to help us mere mortals get a place ourselves, and at the summit a small, but worthwhile exhibition on the life of Buddha. From here you can also enjoy superb views over the lush greenery of Lantau Island, the shimmering South China Sea and the flights gliding in and out of Hong Kong Airport.

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Hong Kong Giant Buddha

Hong Kong Giant Buddha

When to Visit the Big Buddha
A popular trip year round; give Saturday afternoons and Sundays a miss, when locals will troop to the statue in force. The best time is early morning on weekdays. If you plan on walking to the statue or in the area, summer is best avoided as the humidity will leave you sweating buckets.

One of the best days to see the monastery is on Buddha's birthday, when crowds gather to watch the monks bathe the feet of Buddha statues.

How to Get There Set on Lantau Island the easiest way to the statue is to take a ferry to Mui Wo from Central then Bus No2 from the Mui Wo Ferry Pier. Alternatively, the most enjoyable way to reach the Big Buddha is via the Ngong Ping Cable Car from Tung Chung MTR station. The cable car offers outstanding views over Lantau Island, tickets, however, are not cheap. Our tip, take the Ngong Ping up the hill to the Big Buddha, then walk back down to the Mui Wo ferry pier through the superb natural surroundings.