Hong Kong Tian Tan Buddha
Yeah, just found this set of photos from the bottom of my hard disk. This is back in Hong Kong at the end of 2007. I initially want to try out the then brand new Ngong Ping cable car to travel up the hill and see the Tian Tan Buddha. However, the cable car company did not open on that day since they are having problem during testing (an empty car actually fell down the hill during testing). Anyway, three co-workers and I took the traditional route and traveled up using the bus.
Here is the cable car we never got to try.
We can see the buddha from the bottom of the hill. In general visitors can reach the site by bus or taxi, travelling first to Mui Wo (also known as "Silvermine Bay") via ferry from the Outlying Islands piers in Central (pier No. 6) or to Tung Chung station via the MTR. Visitors may then travel to and from the Buddha via the following bus routes:
- Mui Wo ↔ Ngong Ping — NLB No. 2
- Tung Chung ↔ Ngong Ping — NLB No. 23
Access to the Buddha is free of charge
Here is inside of the temple area once we travelled up by bus.
There are chinese vega food you can buy.
The red stuffs on the right upper corner is called vega BBQ pork (fake no meat BBQ pork in other words).
The restroom :)
Tian Tan Buddha also known as the Big Buddha, is a large bronze statue of a Buddha, completed in 1993, and located at Ngong Ping, Lantau Island, in Hong Kong. The statue is located near Po Lin Monastery and symbolises the harmonious relationship between man and nature, people and religion. It is a major centre of Buddhism in Hong Kong, and is also a popular tourist attraction.
The statue is named Tian Tan Buddha because its base is a model of the Altar of Heaven or Earthly Mount of Tian Tan, the Temple of Heaven in Beijing. It is one of the five large Buddha statues in China. The Buddha statue sits on a lotus throne on top of a three-platform altar. It is surrounded by six smaller bronze statues representing gods or immortals.
The Buddha is 34 metres (110 ft) tall, weighs 250 metric tons (280 short tons), and was the world's tallest outdoor bronze seated Buddha prior to 2007. It reputedly can even be seen from as far away as Macau on a clear day. Visitors have to climb 268 steps in order to reach the Buddha, though the site also features a small winding road to the Buddha for vehicles to accommodate the handicapped.
You have to excuse me for the quality of the pic since I only have my SD1000 point and shoot.
The Tian Tan Buddha appears serene and dignified. His right hand is raised, representing the removal of affliction. His left hand rests on his lap in a gesture of giving dhana. The Buddha faces north, which is unique among the great Buddha statues, as all others face south.
In addition, there are 3 floors beneath the Buddha statue: The Hall of Universe, The Hall of Benevolent Merit, and The Hall of Remembrance.
One of the most renowned features inside is a relic of Gautama Buddha, consisting of some of his alleged cremated remains. There is a huge carved bell inscribed with images of Buddhas in the show room. It was designed to ring every seven minutes, 108 times a day, symbolising the release of 108 kinds of human vexations.
Once we got back to the city. It was night time and we checked out the night scene.
Just for kicks, we also travel up the little central hill using the peak tram.
Looking down from the hill (with a point and shoot and no tripod).
Here is the peak tower at night.
Here is another famous street around the peak tram where you can do some shipping at night.
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