Fodor's Expert Review Tian Tan Buddha

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Tian Tan Buddha, Hong Kong, China

Hong Kongers love superlatives, even if making them true requires strings of qualifiers. So the Tian Tan Buddha, also known as the Big Buddha, is the world's largest Buddha—that's seated, located outdoors, and made of bronze. Just know the vast silhouette is impressive. A set of 268 steep stairs lead to the lower podium, essentially forcing you to stare up at all 202 tons of Buddha as you ascend. At the top, cool breezes and fantastic views over Lantau Island await. The Wisdom path runs beside 38 halved tree trunks arranged in an infinity shape on a hillside. Each is carved with Chinese characters that make up the Heart Sutra, a 5th-century Buddhist prayer that expresses the doctrine of emptiness. The idea is to walk around the path—which takes five minutes—and reflect. Follow the signposted trail to the left of the Buddha.

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Ngong Ping
Lantau Island, n/a Hong Kong  Hong Kong


Sight Details:
Rate Includes: Monastery and path free; walking with Buddha: HK$40, Buddha daily 10–5:30, monastery and path daily 8–6

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