The Magnificent Tian Tan Buddha aka Big Buddha 天坛大佛 @ Ngong Ping on Day3 – 22Feb2017

the weather report for today, wednesday 22.2.2017 was not great=low temperature 16-17degC with some rain.

as it turned out, it was quite sunny the entire afternoon.

after a NOT great dimsum at one dimsum (for 3 of us it was the 3rd breakfast, kind of, after 1-the very good mui kee congee & 2-quite good hong lin polo bun), we made a decision on the spot to go to see the Tian Tan Buddha,aka Big Buddha.

 

Tian Tan Buddha,aka Big Buddha

Tian Tan Buddha,aka Big Buddha

we took the mtr from prince edward to tung chung, changing at lai king from red tsuen wan line to the orange tung chung line.

at tung chung mtr, we were told that the ngong ping 360 cable car was under maintenance until jun2017…

i saw later on their website notice-

  • Cable Car service is suspended for approximately 5 months from 9 January 2017 for the Rope Replacement Project. Ngong Ping Village remains open during this period. To ensure public safety and facilitate the project’s requirements, the Ngong Ping Rescue Trail is not open to the public during the replacement period.

visiting the big buddha was a last minute decision, so we had not checked the website & other information earlier.

bus from tung chung to ngong ping

bus from tung chung to ngong ping

as the cable car is not in opeation, we took the bus to ngong ping. it took like 50mins.

entrance gateway

entrance gateway

entrance-gate2

entrance gateway

we walked in the big buddha direction & entered the gateway.

cattle5 cattle4 cattle3 cattle2 cattle

there were some cows & buffaloes.

i did not see these when i came like 4yrs back.

Tian Tan Buddha,aka Big Buddha

Tian Tan Buddha,aka Big Buddha

Tian Tan Buddha,aka Big Buddha

Tian Tan Buddha,aka Big Buddha

the huge 34m tall bronze statue of the big buddha looked serene & majestic & uplifting as before.

when seeing from cable car, the feel of it sitting on a hilltop & the cable car traversing towards it was different.

Tian Tan Buddha,aka Big Buddha on top a long flight of stairs

Tian Tan Buddha,aka Big Buddha on top a long flight of stairs

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the big buddha sits atop the long staircase with 268 steps, very impressive.

Po Lin Monastry 宝莲禅寺

Po Lin Monastry 宝莲禅寺

Po Lin Monastry 宝莲禅寺

Po Lin Monastry 宝莲禅寺

Po Lin Monastry 宝莲禅寺

Po Lin Monastry 宝莲禅寺

Po Lin Monastry 宝莲禅寺

Po Lin Monastry 宝莲禅寺

we took a walk in the Po Lin Monastry 宝莲禅寺, a temple with more than 100yrs history, & renamedPo Lin Monastry 宝莲禅寺  in 1924.

a beautiful temple.

stone dragon column

stone dragon column

stone dragon column

stone dragon column

there is the oft-photographed stone dragon column, intricate & coming alive-ish.

grand hall of the 10,000 buddhas

grand hall of the 10,000 buddhas

grand hall of the 10,000 buddhas

grand hall of the 10,000 buddhas

looked into the beautiful inside of the grand hall of ten thousand buddhas.

Tian Tan Buddha,aka Big Buddha

Tian Tan Buddha,aka Big Buddha

& looking at the Tian Tan Buddha,aka Big Buddha over the eaves of the temple.

going up the 268-steps

going up the 268-steps

going up the 268-steps

going up the 268-steps

it’s time to climb the 268 steps for a closer view of the big buddha & scenic aerial view of the surroundings. ^^

Tian Tan Buddha,aka Big Buddha

Tian Tan Buddha,aka Big Buddha

The Buddha statue faces north towards Mainland China.  

It sits 26.4 metres atop a lotus throne and is 34 metres high, including the base.

stone sculptures at big buddha

stone sculptures at big buddha

stone sculptures at big buddha

stone sculptures at big buddha

stone sculptures at big buddha

stone sculptures at big buddha

we walked round the area, looked at the beautiful stone sculptures, and looked out to the panoramic views.

view of po lin monastry from big buddha

view of po lin monastry from big buddha

the po lin monastry stood out.

view of po lin monastry from big buddha

view of po lin monastry from big buddha

very nice & elegant.

view of shek pik reservoir from big buddha

view of shek pik reservoir from big buddha

view of shek pik reservoir from big buddha

view of shek pik reservoir from big buddha

we can see the shek pik reservoir on the other side.

a foggy day at tian tan buddha

a foggy day at tian tan buddha

it was a foggy day. still enchanting. 🙂

the view would be wonderful on a clear dya.

going down from the big buddha

going down from the big buddha

took a stroll down.

the worst tau huay

the worst tau huay

there were many stalls selling tau huay.

it was about the worst tau huay ever.

fresh tau huay, you are supposed to lift a whole slice & serve several slices in nice layers.

this was like the bottom of the barrel, all broken up…completely ridiculous at HK$15. wouldn’t pay HK$5 for it…..

ngong ping 360 cable car station - closed

ngong ping 360 cable car station – closed

we walked over to the ngong ping cable car station.

it’s at the ngong ping village side where there are several restaurants.

the station is closed as the cable car is shut down for 5 months for cable replacement.

lake-on-the-way-back-from-ngong-ping2lake-on-the-way-back-from-ngong-ping

they increase the bus trips, we think, since the cable car is shut down.

there was a long queue but it didn’t take long to get onto a bus, less than 10mins i think.

on the way back we passed by the shek pik reservoir, i think. :-p

Tian Tan Buddha,aka Big Buddha, completed in 1993, and located at Ngong Ping, Lantau Island,

Tian Tan Buddha,aka Big Buddha, completed in 1993, and located at Ngong Ping, Lantau Island,

it was a wonderful excursion for my friends and me. great time to spend an afternoon, weather was good though foggy & not clear sky to look into the distance.

after returning to citygate at tung chung, we had a refreshing drink & rest stop at TeaWood Taiwanese Cafe & Restaurant 茶木‧台式休閒餐廳.

then we took the mtr back to prince edward & went to enjoy a really wonderful shiok beef brisket noodles at牛棚粉麵專家 at fa yuen street.

c.h.e.f andy

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Tian Tan Buddha aka Big Buddha 天坛大佛 @ Ngong Ping

Access:

MTR to tung chung station, then Bus 23 to big buddha

 

 

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