My day with Buddha.
Trip Start Feb 02, 2007
17Trip End Mar 16, 2007
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Week 4 is over.
See you on the next blog.