Picturesque Lantau Island – The Big Buddha and The Po Lin Monastery

If you go to Hong Kong, Lantau Island is the first place you visit even without realizing it since Hong Kong International Airport is located here. Leaving the airport, you set your foot on Hong Kong soil for the very first time on Lantau Island.  Lantau is the largest of Hong Kong’s islands and is easily reachable by bus and ferry from other parts of this archipelago. I chose the ferry and then took a bus from Mui Wo Ferry Pear to visit the largest bronze statue of Buddha and The Po Lin Monastery. The ride itself is an amazing experience since the road leading up to The Big Buddha offers a good entertainment. Beaches that feel untouched, subtropical vegetation, villages along the road. And all of a sudden, there he was. The Big Buddha looming over the green hills, majestically looking down on the island from Ngong Ping plateau, which has become one of the most popular visitor destinations in Hong Kong. Temples, hills and amazing greenery intensify scenic beauty of this place. There are 268 steps leading up to the statue and to the wonderfully amazing view.

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A shot taken from the bus

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The stairs

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a breathtaking view

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The Po Lin (“Precious Lotus”) Monastery situated on the opposite side was built in 1906 by Buddhist monks. Those three monks cleared the bushes and built a small house at the beginning. Many more monks came later, impressed by tranquil and serene atmosphere of the place. This Buddhist complex, despite being such a popular tourist destination still maintains its essence and traditions.    

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