Tian Tan Buddha (the largest seated buddha) is set on one of the peaks of Lantau Island. The bronze statue is a gigantic 34 metres tall weighing some 250 metric tons. Spotting the huge statue on our descent into Hong Kong airport we decided to make it our first destination this time around.
We took the metro out as far as we could and then jumped a bus up the beautiful hilly mountain pass. Passing lush-green forests, with scenic beaches, we ascended the very windy mountain road. The bus dropped us just outside the main entrance of Big Buddha, near Ngong Ping village.
The Twelve Divine General statues (protective deities) line each side of the road as you walk through the entrance.
Climbing the 240 steps to reach the foot of the buddha you are dwarfed by a huge buddha sitting on a lotus flower in a meditation position on the top of 3-platform altar.
There are 6 bronze statues on the two sides of the Buddha, “The Offering of the Six Devas”. They are posed offering flowers, incense, fruit, lamp, ointment, and music to the Buddha. Symbolising charity, morality, patience, zeal, meditation, and wisdom, characteristics necessary to enter into nirvana.
It was great to get away from the bustling city of Hong Kong for a day.