Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Giant Buddha

No trip to Hong Kong would be complete without a visit to the Giant Buddha which sits serenely atop Ngong Ping plateau amid the spectacular mountain scenery of Lantau Island. To get there we took the MTR line (incredibly clean and fast!) past Disneyland and then stood in line for the Ngong Ping 360 ...... a 5.7km cable-car journey up the mountain.
If you know me you know that I am not thrilled with heights, especially "boxes" dangling from a cable....must get that from The Colonel who loved to fly but hated heights! But I must admit the views were extraordinary and walking was out of the question!
The majestic figure of the seated Buddha was cast in China and took 12 years to complete. Visitors can climb more than 200 steps to reach the platform where the Buddha is seated. "The eyes, lips, incline of the head and even the right hand (raised to deliver a blessing to all), combine to lend great depth of character and dignity to this extraordinary statue." Only 9632 km to Big Ben!

2 comments:

A Tale of Two Cities said...

Hope to get there someday!

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