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Tian Tan Buddha

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  • Day2

    Day 2 - He Ain't Heavy

    February 9, 2017 in Hong Kong

    So things I've learnt about the apartment we're staying in. It's somewhere in the vicinity of a late night karaoke establishment. And that this plus the time zone change does not lend itself to the best night's sleep. That being said we still made it out by 9am to get the MTR to Lantau Island and catch the bus to the Big Buddha (via Starbucks. Standard.) It was an interesting up and down through the mountains bus ride on seats ill designed for a 6 foot brick house but we made it in one piece and early enough to beat the big crowds which came later.

    When they say Big Buddha they're not exaggerating - - though I very much enjoy the large list of qualification adjectives to give it the title of 'largest outdoor sitting bronze Buddha'. It's 34 metres tall and sitting on a stone building/altar which is sitting on top of a hill. There were a lot of stairs. 268 stairs a lot. Despite the necessary exercise it's one of my favourite HK tourist spots though and interesting to learn about how it was cast and transported.

    After the much easier downstairs walk we encountered some of the local wildlife include free roaming cows stealing apples and dogs that I thought were dead but were just sun bathing. We walked about the small temples of the Po Lin monastery which housed some beautiful gold buddhas. There was incense being lit everywhere and drums being banged. Very serene and peaceful, even with Matt having a go on the drum.

    Lunch was..... ambiguous. The cafe at the monastery is vegetarian only and as everything else had fungus in the name we went for a 'mixed vegetarian.' I still could not tell you what any of the components were but it was very tasty. One thing was curry flavoured, one sweet and the other again ambiguous.

    We continued exploring the site including the Wisdom Path and an abandoned wreck of a tea garden. I even found a geocache to my great geeky delight. After the excitement of that we caught the bus to Tai O, a fishing village not far away. Man was there a lot of dried fish. And more sleeping dogs (not dried or dead). Plus some cool houses on stilts. I took us on a bit of an adventure wandering through the village with the fake confidence of someone who has no idea where they're going or if they're trespassing but luckily we made it back to the bus stop without being arrested.

    In the evening we grabbed some lunch at a cafe and took the Star Ferry across the harbour and back. Hopefully at some point Matt will learn that it's winter in Hong Kong and chilly in the evenings before Starbucks bankrupts us.
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  • Day133

    Day 133: Exploring Lantau Island

    October 26, 2016 in Hong Kong

    Last full day in Hong Kong today. One of the things that has really surprised us about Hong Kong is that it's far larger than either of us expected. Although you tend to think of Hong Kong in the same breath as Singapore (both small city state island nations in SEA), but Hong Kong is actually 2800 square km in area, while Singapore is only 700 square km. The difference is that most of Hong Kong's population is crammed into Kowloon peninsula and the northern coast of Hong Kong island, but it's still very surprising to find that huge areas of Hong Kong are ruggedly mountainous and very undeveloped.

    So today we decided to explore one of the much less developed islands - Lantau. Another late start for us, leaving the hotel around 11am though not on the shuttle this time. We walked over to Olympic station and grabbed a train out to Tung Chung, end of the line and close to the airport and Disneyland. From here you can get a cable car up to the top of Lantau island where there's a beautiful monastery and a large Buddha statue. This was to be our outing for the day.

    After disembarking the train and sorting out our water and bathroom situations, we walked over to the cable car station only to discover an hour long queue for the ticket office. Sigh. Again we weren't up to paying the double-price for skipping the line, so queue we did. At least we'd brought some supermarket sushi that we intended to eat in the parkland up top of the mountains - it didn't last through the line!

    Finally we bought our tickets, rounded the corner and joined the 30 minute wait to actually get in a cable car! I guess we should have expected something like this as it's the second-most popular attraction in Hong Kong (behind the Peak tram), but it was still a bit disheartening.

    Eventually we boarded and climbed into the mountains where we had a great view, though the weather was a little hazy and overcast. It was nearly 2pm by the time we got to the top, so it had already been a long day to this point! At the top I was a little disappointed - there was a very fake looking Chinese village, essentially a theme park version of what you might expect to find in Chinese mountains. I'm guessing the authentic versions wouldn't hold Subway, 7-11 and fancy souvenir shops though.

    Walked over to the Big Buddha, which although looking very classic and regal was actually only built in the 1970s. It was definitely big, probably 15-20 metres high, and imposing on a hilltop that required 250 steps to reach the pedestal. We had a good look around and I filmed some hyperlapse footage while I'll get around to compiling one of these days.

    Back down the Buddha steps and we went over to nearby Po Lin Monastery, which was actually old and authentic. This was the highlight of the day for me - the buildings were beautifully preserved and maintained, brilliant colours shining in the sun and monks inside chanting away. It was exactly the mental picture I had of a monastery that isn't in the Himalaya or something.

    As the afternoon had mostly gone we decided it was time to head back down. Another 20 minute wait for a cable car and off we went. There are walking trails all over the island (Lantau itself is almost as big as Hong Kong island) - you can even walk up to the Monastery yourself if you felt so inclined. There looked like some great places to discover out here, but they'll have to wait for our next visit to Hong Kong.

    We got back on a train fairly quickly, and hopped out at Olympic around 6pm. On her way back home earlier in the week, Shandos had discovered the local pub street, so we figured we should head there and celebrate the end of a successful week in Hong Kong. One of the bars served local craft brews on tap, so we shared a few pints and a big bag of free peanuts. Then while tipsy we discovered the giant burgers restaurant a few doors down, even though I was hoping to find some char siew (honey glazed) pork. Burgers won out, and they were very good too. Topped off the evening with some Portuguese egg tarts from the bakery opposite the hotel, before crashing out fairly early by this week's standards.
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  • Day3

    Tian Tan Buddha

    September 1, 2017 in Hong Kong

    Wir Frühstücken Dim Sum bei "Tim Ho Wan" und machen uns anschließend mit der Metro auf in Richtung Lantau. Dort fahren wir mit der 5,7 km langen Seilbahn "Ngong Ping 360" gehen durch das Ngong Ping Village und steigen anschließend die 268 Stufen zum "Big Buddha" hinauf. Bevor es mit der Seimbahn wieder hinunter geht besuchten wir noch die nebenan gelegene buddhistische Anlage "Po Lin Monastry"

  • Day3

    Zu Besuch beim großen Buddha

    May 28, 2017 in Hong Kong

    Ich finde ja es ist schon immer wieder erstaunlich, wie viele größte Buddha es in Asien gibt. Irgendwie muss man nur die Eigenschaften entsprechend einschränken, und schon kann man mit Fug und Recht behaupten, den größten zu haben. Im Falle des 34 Meter hohen Tian Tan handelte es sich um den weltweit (mittlerweile nur noch zweit-)größten freistehenden Buddha in sitzender Haltung. Na dann, auf geht's.

    Mit der U-Bahn geht es auf die Insel Lantau. Die von der Endstation Tung Chung startende Seilbahn zum Kloster ist leider wegen Renovierung geschlossen, also machen wir uns aus die Suche nach dem regionalen Bus. Gefinkelt wie die Hongkonger sind, haben sie einfach hinter dem Busbahnhof einen Busbahnhof gebaut. Sobald wir dies aber durchschaut haben, ist alles nur noch halb so schwer und flux sitzen wir auch schon im Bus. Nach einer guten halben Stunde Bergstraße erreichen wir das Kloster Po Lin.

    Flankiert wird das beliebte Kloster vom sogenannten Ngong Ping Village, einer Ansammlung kleiner Einkaufsbungalows - das Hongkonger Mariazell sozusagen. Nachdem sich das Wetter von seiner schönsten Sonnenseite zeigt, erstehen wir in diesem "Einkaufsparadies" ein Fläschchen Wasser und besteigen die 268 Stufen zur Plattform des großen Buddhas - bei dem Wetter eine schweißtreibende Angelegenheit. Die Statue ist innen hohl und beheimatet eine Art Museum. Von Oben offenbart sich dann ein recht hübscher Ausblick auf das Umland.

    Anschließend besuchen wir das nebenan liegende Kloster Po Lin. Charmantes Detail am Rande: Ins Kloster bezahlt man keinen Eintritt, dafür aber einen Mindestverzehr im klostereigenen vegetarischen Restaurant. Neben einen Teller Nudeln investierten wir diesen in einen hausgemachten Tofupudding. Was aussieht wie ein Stück Seife entpuppt sich als spannende Köstlichkeit. Mahlzeit.
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  • Day4

    Tag 2 Hongkong - Big Buddha

    October 20, 2016 in Hong Kong

    Heute waren wir bei der größten Bronzestatue der Welt - dem Tiam Tan Buddha auf Lantau Island. Der Buddha ist 34m hoch und die weltweit zweitgrößte freistehende Statue.
    Der Weg dorthin war lang, denn aufgrund des guten Wetters (sonnig und ein bisschen bewölkt bei ca. 31°C) haben wir uns für die Seilbahn entschieden, um auf den Berg zu fahren. Dafür mussten wir allerdings gut zwei Stunden in einer Schlange warten. Die Seilbahn fuhr ca. 25 Minuten und von dieser aus, konnten wir den Buddha schon sehen (Bild). Um direkt zum Buddha zu gelangen, mussten wir aber noch 268 Stufen bewältigen - nicht so einfach bei der Hitze😅
    Neben dem Buddha konnte man noch ein buddhistisches Kloster besichtigen. Danach ging es mit der Seilbahn wieder runter und ab in ein Taxi zum Flughafen.
    Der Weiterflug nach Brisbane war zur richtigen Zeit, da in Hongkong für die Nacht ein weiterer Tayfun angekündigt war.
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  • Day5

    Lantau - Big Buddha

    August 21 in Hong Kong

    Morgens mit der MTR nach Tung Chung. Von hier aus mit der Seilbahn (nach einer Stinde anstehen) in 25 Minuten weiter nach Ngong Ping und dem Big Buddha sowie dem Kloster der Po Lin Monastery. Weiter mit dem Bus zum Fischerdorf Tai O. Über den Street Market (es gibt alles an Fisch, und heftigem Geruch) dann noch eine Wanderung über einige Hügel, leider war die Sicht wieder etwas getrübt, so dass man Doe schöne Landschaft und die Ausblicke auf den Nahen Flughafen nur erahnen kann.
    Von Tai O mit der Fähre zurück nach Tung Chung und dann wieder mit der Metro zurück nach HK.
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  • Day3

    Tian Tan Buddha und Po-Lin-Kloster

    November 2, 2017 in Hong Kong

    Direkt bei der MTR Station Tung Chung startet die Seilbahn nach Ngong Ping Village. Die Fahrt dauert ca. 25min und wer einigermaßen schwindelfrei ist, sollte die Crystal Cabin mit Glasboden nehmen.
    Angekommen gibt es das Po-Lin-Kloster und den Tian Tan Buddha zu sehen. Der Buddha ist mit einer Gesamthöhe von 34m wirklich beeindruckend!

You might also know this place by the following names:

Tian Tan Boeddha, Tian Tan Buddha

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