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April 12, 2005
Po Lin Monastery was built in 1920 by three Zen masters and has an attached tea garden. Tian Tan Buddha was built in 1993; the monks of the world were invited to the opening ceremony.The monks want to charge for admission to the Buddha but can't because of their beliefs, so they get around that by charging HKD 20 for a vegetarian meal. By the time we arrived, it was getting late and the vegetarian meal was closing in less than half an hour. The person at the ticket booth in front of the steps allowed us through without selling us meal tickets. We just had to climb up the 260 steps to the Po Lin Monastery, where the Buddha rested on top. By the time we were done, the last bus service going back had finished for the day, so we queued up for a taxi and waited maybe half an hour for our turn. MTR plans to have service here in the future.No photos are allowed inside the monastery.Hours: 10am to 5:45pm, vegetarian meal 11:30am to 5pm.
Ferry from pier no.6 in Central to Mui Wo/Silvermine Bay - take NLB No. 2 to Po Lin.MTR to Tung Chung station - take NLB No. 23 to Po Lin.
From journal HKG
July 5, 2001
Unfortunately, the views were hindered that day by the hazy, overcast weather. But the Lantau Island certainly does seem beautiful, with the ocean reaching out beyond for as far as you can see. The Buddha is huge, with the surprising backwards swastika sign emblazoned on his chest. I walked around a few times, including the forbidden second level which was not attended to by employees or guard rails, and then headed back down to the bus station.
From journal China: Hong Kong - Lantau
Metro Manila, Philippines
May 2, 2007
From journal One Week: Hong Kong and Macau
Vancouver, British Columbia
September 5, 2006
From journal Dim Sum, Prada, and My Octopus Card
Mary Esther, Florida
August 23, 2004
Feeling adventurous, we collected several fellow travelers and set out to pay homage to the Big Buddha and visit the Po Lin Monastery on the outlying island of Lantau.
To reach Lantau, we took the Star Ferry from Kowloon to Hong Kong Island, a high speed ferry from the ferry terminal there to Lantau, and finally a bus from the ferry terminal on Lantau to Buddha. The trip took about two hours total and was in itself a fun travel experience.
The first sight of the Big Buddha is astounding. Standing, or rather sitting, 72 feet high, the magnificent bronze statue is perched atop 260 steps straight up. The experience and view are worth the exercise.
At the top, Buddha is surrounded by Bodhisattvas, statues of Buddhist saints. Legend has it if you toss a coin into a Bodhisattva's upraised hand you will have good luck for all your days. After numerous tries, we succeeded and our luck has been great!
Helpful hint: Start early and plan your visit so that you arrive back at the Star Ferry terminal before afternoon rush hour!
From journal Celebrate Chinese New Year in Hong Kong
February 15, 2006
From journal Hong Kong! One of the World's Top Cities
April 22, 2005
Since I was there during the Chinese New Year, many families from mainland China were also visiting there. They were burning incense and praying. The incense was quite large and in every area, and the smell could be overwhelming for some.
Although there is also a monastery there, there wasn't much to see. The focus of the trip was really around experiencing the culture and religious expression.
From journal Chinese New Year in Hong Kong
March 6, 2001
From journal Hong Kong
Moscow, Moskva, Russia
May 22, 2011
From journal Hong Kong is a slice of West
San Francisco, California
March 27, 2008
From journal My Buddhist Experience