My sincerest apologies for not having any photos of the places mentioned below. Blame it all on my non-existent photography skills about 7-8 years ago when I last visited these places.
After introducing some of the areas in and around the city of Hong Kong, I will be bringing you out on some excursions, which could be part of your next itinerary if you’re going to Hong Kong.
Tian Tan Buddha 天壇大佛
This is the largest outdoor sitting Buddha statue in the world. I wouldn’t fault you if you think that’s already impressive. If you have a chance to visit this, you would be surprise to find that it is located on top of a small hill on Lantau Island. You are required to climb about 250-300 steps just to reach the Buddha itself, which is part of an area known as the Po Lin Monastery (寶蓮禪寺).
When we were there, the Ngong Ping 360 cable car was still under construction. The second time, we were there, the cable car service encountered some technical difficulties resulting in its closure for almost a year. Do not worry, just make sure you get yourself to the Tung Chung MTR station, both the bus terminal and the cable car terminal lies just outside the MTR exit. Be aware that there will be queues for the cable car.
The cable car offers quite a view throughout it’s 5km journey from Tung Chung, across a small body of water and then ascending towards Ngong Ping. Once you arrived at Ngong Ping, either by bus or cable car, you will be quite near to the Buddha. For the hikers, there are plenty of trails around the area, be sure to ask around and there are signs shown for the hiking trails.