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Culture-Monastery Culture-Monument Culture-Statue Nature-View point
Ngong Ping Rd, Lantau Island, Hong Kong

Sitting on a lotus throne, the Tian Tan Buddha, sometimes known as The Big Buddha, sits 482 metres above sea level on Lantau Island. Completed in 1993, this bronze statue is 34 metres tall and weighs 250 tons. While a major tourist attraction, the Big Buddha is an important centre for Hong Kong Buddhists. The Buddha is located next to the Po Lin Monastery. There are six smaller statues around the Big Buddha - signifying the Offering of the Six Devas. The offerings represent generosity, patience, morality, meditation, zeal and wisdom. Ticket queues for the cable car to see the Buddha can be long - so be prepared for up to an hours waiting time to get to the Buddha. Getting a Cable Car Fast Pass will circumvent this waiting time. Alternatively, arrive before opening time to beat the queue. To get the the Big Buddha, prepare for a 268 step steep climb - which should not be underestimated - especially on a hot day. The climb itself is to encourage visitors to consider their faith, respect and sincerity during their visit to the Buddha. Access to the area outside the Buddha is free, but there is a fee for access to the 3 halls underneath the Buddha - the halls of the Universe, of Benevolent Merit and of Remembrance. Photos may not be taken within the halls. Avoid going in poor weather as visibility of the Buddha and the view can be hampered in low cloud conditions. Open from 08:00-18:00 daily. To get to the Buddha, take the Ngong Ping cable car, taxi or bus. Photo Credits: Meckl Antal,

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Accomodation-Hotel Diverse-Market Diverse-Shopping
Chungking Mansion, 36-44 Nathan Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Construction of Chungking Mansions was completed in 1961, and the intention was for the building to be a residential complex. Today, it is a maze and interesting combination of low-budget hotels and guest houses (with 1980 rooms in total), shops and stalls - serving the public as well as exporting wholesalers. Its unique atmosphere and meeting of varied cultures makes for an interesting venue to explore. Acting as a point of congregation for Hong Kong's ethnic minorities, Chungking Mansions features African bistros, south-east asian curry houses, sari stores, mobile phone stores, clothes outlets and shops selling parallel goods. With 17 floors and 5 different blocks, the building is located in one of Hong Kong's busiest districts. Everyone is here to make money - and the place has a real buzz about it. There are 3 shopping malls in Chungking Mansions - all of which can be accessed via Nathan Road - Cke Shopping Mall, Wood House and the main arcade. Be aware of your surroundings when visiting the building - scammers operate in the area, as well as drug dealers. Security has been stepped up in recent years, and today there are 100s of actively monitored security cameras - covering over 70% of the building (including the lifts). Until recently, local residents were wary of stepping inside. Get ready to be bombarded by touts beckoning you into their restaurant or shop - it's all part of the atmosphere. Photo Credits: By Corekimern12 - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

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