Hong Kong’s Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery

As I waited for the car’s temperature gauge to sink below 102 today (it never did), I tried to transport myself back to our trip to see Hong Kong’s Tian Tan Budda Statue and the Po Lin Monastery.  It’s (obviously) AKA THE BIG BUDDHA. 

When it’s so hot outside, it’s always fun to think of times when you were cold. Like frigid. Like being so cold you were tying to think of a time way back when it was 102 degrees outside. Wait. I guess you know where I’m headed with that one…

We visited the notorious statue (well, notorious since 1993) in December with visiting family members, who being from Florida, were shocked at the very cold conditions here in southeast Asia – and then they got even colder atop this oh-so-majestic mountain.

But hey, in spite of the chill in the air, we made it to see the Big Buddha. And although it wasn’t a religious pilgrimage for us, it was an accomplishment to make it there (via cable car  – Super Boy’s favorite!), climb the stairs, and experience this important part of HK’s culture.

About the BIG BUDDHA: Once merely a remote monastery hidden by lush, mountain scenery, the Po Lin Monastery made it to the world map when the extraordinary Tian Tan Buddha statue (informally known as the Big Buddha) was erected in 1993. Sitting 34 metres high and facing north to look over the Chinese people, this majestic bronze Buddha draws pilgrims from all over Asia.  Read that text and more by clicking on the DiscoverHongKong.com website.

Once merely a remote monastery hidden by lush, mountain scenery, the Po Lin Monastery made it to the world map when the extraordinary Tian Tan Buddha statue (informally known as the Big Buddha) was erected in 1993. Sitting 34 metres high and facing north to look over the Chinese people, this majestic bronze Buddha draws pilgrims from all over Asia.

The cable car ride on Lantau Island in Hong Kong heading over to the Big Buddha. We upgraded to the crystal bottom car – and it was a great reward as we floated over the mountain ranges for about 20 minutes!

Big Buddha in Hong Kong

Big Buddha looming in the distance. At 111 feet, it’s similar in size to the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro -(130 feet) and similar in situation atop a mountain.

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Getting closer…..

Big Buddha tourist village

We arrived and found ourselves in a touristy village – complete with chopsticks shops and a Starbucks. It was all decorated for Christmas. (?)

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Stairs to Big Buddha

268 stairs to go see the Big Buddha!

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The view from the top includes the Po Lin Monastary.

The view from the top includes the Po Lin Monastery.

Upon our descent we ventured around the area and into the grounds of the monastery. There were large farm animals roaming around and many dogs….plus a few monks. Lots of people were there saying prayers, lighting incense and not acting like tourists at all…..

Chinese architecture detail

Beautiful Chinese architecture, don’t you think?

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Bye bye, Big Buddha.....

Bye bye, Big Buddha…..

About 

Currently, I’m globetrotting with my family as my husband is a Vice Consul with the United States Foreign Service.

Our first post was Recife, PE, Brazil, and we arrived in August 2010. Upon arrival, our daughter had just turned four and our superbaby son had just turned three months.

During the summer of 2013, our family of four moved to Guangzhou, China, for a two-year post. Our daughter is seven and our son is three.

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