A trip to Hong Kong is not complete without a visit to the one and only Lantau Island to see the famous 100+ foot Big Buddha (Tian Tan).
We started our day by getting on the Tung Chung MTR line which drops you conveniently at the start of the Ngong Ping 360 cable car. We had already purchased our tickets beforehand so we were able to whiz by the long line of people and head straight to the fast track line.
The Cable Car is a fun adventure that soars through the air for 3.5 miles over rolling hills of green trees above Tung Chung Bay. The ride takes 25 minutes to complete and offers a pleasant bird’s eye view of the area. You can pay a little extra to secure the Crystal Cabin. It has a glass floor that lets you feel the height and excitement. So that’s what we did – truly a breathtaking experience!
On exiting the cable car station we found Ngong Ping village which is mostly filled up with small restaurants and a bunch of souvenir shops. It is a great spot to grab some food and take pictures!
As you make your way through the village you will eventually get to Ngong Ping Piazza – the base of your trek up to the Big Buddha itself. By this time, Avery fell asleep and seeing that carrying a stroller up 268 flight of stairs on a hot HOT day was not something anyone wanted to do, it was best that Andre stayed behind!
At the bottom of the staircase leading up to the Tian Tan Buddha statue, we were aware for the first time, just how massive the statue really is. We started to ascend the 268 steps and the closer we got the more it grew in size, in fact it is the largest outside Buddha statue in the world. At the top of the pedestal we stopped to take in the 112 ft. high bronze figure on a lotus throne before taking in the surrounding view. The Big Buddha faces north to protect all Chinese people and is surrounding by six smaller bronze statues known as “The Offering of the Six Devas” that are posed offering flowers, incense, lamp, ointment, fruit, and music to the Buddha.