Tian Tan Buddha / The Big Buddha, Hong Kong

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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, Unsplash.com
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