Hong Kong: Tian Tan Buddha and Ngong Ping area

Hong Kong: Tian Tan Buddha and Ngong Ping area

The main highlight of my stay in Hong Kong was my visit of Ngong Ping, located on Lantau Island.

It’s funny because when you think about Hong Kong, the first thing you think about is usually skyscrapers with plenty of chinese writing. However, Ngong Ping is so far from that image.

Once you get to the island by MRT (which is so easy by the way!), you can walk to the Ngong Ping 360 cable cars to buy your tickets. Then, the cable car takes you up the mountains to Ngong Ping Village. The village in itself didn’t please me as it was extremely touristic. However, the panoramas on the way up there are to die for. The journey lasts around half an hour, with a gorgeous view of Tung Chung Bay, the South China Sea, the surrounding mountains as well as the Hong Kong International Airport.

Mountain Gate, Ngong Ping, Hong Kong. May 2015.
Mountain Gate, Ngong Ping, Hong Kong. May 2015.

The Mountain Gate is a beautiful site in itself already, as from there, you can also see the Giant Buddha on top of its mountain.

Tian Tan Buddha, Hong Kong. May 2015.
Tian Tan Buddha, Hong Kong. May 2015.

Tian Tan Buddha is an awe inspiring site that is even more majestic in real life than it seemed in photographs. The long and narrow stretch of steps lead straight up to the giant Buddha statue, from which you can enjoy a 360 degree panorama view of the surrounding water and mountains while taking in the refreshing wind. The giant statue really incarnates the harmony in which nature and spirituality can cohabitate.

Next to Tian Tan Buddha is the Po Lin Monastery. In front of the main building is burning incense and you can visit a part of the religious building. The Grand Hall of Ten Thousand Buddhas is entirely covered in gold.

Wisdom Path, Hong Kong. May 2015.
Wisdom Path, Hong Kong. May 2015.

A short walk away from the center of attractions is the Wisdom Path. 38 wooden monuments line the path where serenity is at its best. On each wooden monument are chinese inscriptions . It is not much to see but the peacefulness of the site is a refreshing change of air from the city. Take a moment to take in the scenery and tranquility.