My day with Buddha.

Trip Start Feb 02, 2007
Trip End Mar 16, 2007

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Monday, March 5, 2007

I went to see the Giant Buddha!
Up close and personal.

My stay here is getting shorter so rain or shine I decided to go see the world's tallest outdoor bronze Buddha just a short walk from Ngong Ping, a village on Lantau Island.  There were several ways to get there but by far the most scenic was the Ngong Ping 360 Skyrail.  (and of course the busiest.)  I thought I started out early (around 10 am from the apartment), but the Skyrail was very popular.  Getting to the Skyrail was actually pretty quick but the lines were very long and there were 3, not 1 but 3 queue areas before buying your ticket.  Wow, that was a wait.  But after 2.5 hours, I finally arrive at the Ngong Ping village.  It was a nice touristy area but also quaint.  The image of the Giant Buddha was something to see from the village, it was bold yet very peaceful.

Skyrail line.      Skyrail line again.      Skyrail line yet again.

After I finished my walk up to Buddha, I started down the steps and a progression of followers started up the steps behind some buddhist monks.  That was pretty cool to see.

A happy monk!

I then set off to see the Po Lin Monastery that was located pretty close to the statue.  The smell of incense was pretty strong in this area.  The colors were very rich to see yet the atmosphere was very humbling. 

The Po Lin Monastery.      Pretty flowers.

After the Monastery, I went off to see the Wisdom Path.  It's an outdoor wooden replica of the centuries-old Heart Sutra, a world known prayer.  It's erected in the form of the infinity symbol which represents immeasurable splendor and the concept of nothingness.

Heading toward the Wisdom Path.        The Wisdom Path.

I walked around the peaceful area for awhile and it felt good.  It was a nice break from the busy hustle and bustle of the city.  Except for the long wait for the Skyrail, it was a good day.  (I would recommend getting there earlier and leaving early just to try to miss the crowds though.)  I took almost 200 photos/videos but I narrowed it down so I wouldn't stay up all night uploading these images.  Enjoy!

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gildo on

Should have taken the bus from Mui Wo, that would have made you miss the crowds at the cable car, but don't listen to me.


See you at the end of the week bro!

seca-girl on

all this talk leading up to the skyrail.....
....and then not give us pics from the sky?? Yet it was the most scenic?? Were you crowded in there like sardines or what?? If it weren't for one of the pics of the lines showing the skyrail cars in the background....I would have no idea what the big deal about the long lines were about! :-p Such critics aren't we??

I for one am just jealous and wish I were there experiencing some of it....keep sending the pics so I can live thru ya! :-D

dmdevl on

wisdom path...
I went twice and didn't feel any wiser...but I didn't wait in line for 2.5 hours....

Do you think that it's spring and so more people are getting out? It just wasn't that busy when we went.

Have you gone to Stanley yet? That was my favorite place by far.

Have a safe trip stateside!

thegeester on

That's me
Hey, I thought I was the largest Buddha. What a relief!

protaras on

Re: That's me
You are are.

protaras on

Re: Bus!
Whateva! The Skyrail is the way to go! LOL

protaras on

Re: wisdom path...
Yeah, I think it's the tourist season but it was worth it. Thx Danielle!

protaras on

Re: all this talk leading up to the skyrail.....
There are a couple but like I said, I had too many pics to put up. Wish you were here Brenda!

raceroberts on

Oh snap!
Man, great photos! Nice shots, even though it was overcast. Maybe kept the crowds low. Those incense sticks are insane!

Well it seemed like a great journey, which is what it's all about.
I wonder when tourism en masse started to affect that little nearby village?

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