Spring Breaking in Hong Kong: Tian Tan Buddha

After our long, eventful day in Macau, we decided to take it easy for our final full day in Hong Kong.  We decided to head to Lantau Island to check out the Tian Tan Buddha, a large bronze Buddha statue as well as the Po Lin Monastery.

In order to reach the area, we took a cable car to the island.  The cable car ride itself was pretty nice, despite the heavy fog.  In fact, the fog made the ride feel more exquisite.  At first, while we were crossing the sea, we could see a decent amount outside the windows.  However, once we reached the island and increased the altitude, it became super foggy to the point where you couldn’t see anything outside the window.  The only thing you could see where the wires that we were hooked on and occasionally another cable car going to other way and into the mist.  It felt really relaxing.  My friend who doesn’t like crossing bodies of water was a little freaked out though.

Going up.

Going up.

Fog everywhere.

Fog everywhere.

The monk in the picture started talking to us halfway through the ride.  He explained to us that some monks go down into the city once in awhile to relax.   He also said that the area we were headed to was heavily commercialized, to the point of there being a Starbucks there.  It was nice to chat someone local for once.

When we finally arrived, it was raining a little bit.  However, it wasn’t enough to make the day go bad.  From the entrance of the area, we could already see the Big Buddha.

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Over there!

Over there!

We headed our way over there while taking some photos along the way.

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Before you get to the Tian Tan Buddha, you have to climb a long set of stairs.  It wasn’t too bad but the rain had started to pick up.  By the time we got up there the Buddha statue was completely covered in fog.  I thought I was going to get screwed over just like our visit to the Peak  but I was luckily mistaken.  After hanging around for a few minutes, the fog went away and gave me some clear shots of the Buddha.

Let the climbing begin.

Let the climbing begin.

All fogged.

All fogged.

There were brief moments where it cleared up.  Luckily I got some shots in.

There were brief moments where it cleared up.  Luckily I got some shots in.

Around the area.

Around the area.

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It was a fantastic view and the fog made it more serene.

It was a fantastic view and the fog made it more serene.

By the time we started heading back downstairs, the rain had started to pick up.  Each step was flooded with water which had started to soak our shoes.  We had originally planned on heading to a fishing village nearby but once again, the rain had altered our schedule.  We decided to call it a day early and headed back to our area to do some last-minute shopping at the markets.  While we were there it started to downpour.  I headed back to the hotel early to dry up and call it a day.

Overall my trip to Hong Kong was a fun one.  Even if it rained for three days, we managed to get a nice chunk of the stuff that we wanted to done.  We were only screwed out of the Peak and the fishing village so it wasn’t too bad.  I couldn’t ask for better travel companions!  Despite not knowing that as well as some as my other friends, we cliqued really fast and never got in each other’s way.  I hope we can travel again sometime.

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