What a beautiful blue-sky day, it’s exactly what you want for a visit to the Tian Tan Buddha. That being said, he also looks mysterious and is equally photogenic when swathed in mist on his hilltop perch. Did you know that the Tian Tan Buddha is often referred to as the Big Buddha? This statue was officially established in 1993, making him still a young man.
You will find the Tian Tan Buddha on Lantau, Hong Kong’s biggest island. It also happens to be one of our favourite places in Hong Kong and we love taking our guests there.
To reach the famous Big Buddha, take the 24 minute Ngong-Ping cable car ride from Tung Chung. If you are put off by those long lines… we will help you beat the crowds with our skip the line access.
As you ride the cable car from Tung Chung, you’ll get a great look at Hong Kong’s airport. It’s built entirely on reclaimed land. You will also see the new bridge that connects Hong Kong to neighbouring Macau and then on to mainland China. Keep your eyes peeled for waterfalls and hillside tombs below. The views are stunning.
From the Tian Tan Buddha take a bus or taxi down towards Tai O. This tiny island, just off Lantau, is accessed by a footbridge. The quaint stilt fishing village is a rare and fast closing window to Hong Kong’s past.
As a side note, many visitors don’t know that Hong Kong also boasts another extremely large statue. The lesser known Guan Yin statue, which you can read more about here, is up in the Northern New Territories and faces the Big Buddha down on Lantau.