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Reviewed 24 December 2017

Such a unique place to visit. Visit early in the day to avoid the crowds. For sure a must visit place in Hong Kong.

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed 24 December 2017 via mobile

Climb the 280-steps to one of the biggest Buddha statues in the world.

This is a must do tourist attraction whilst in HK and we took a 360 Lantau Culture & Heritage Tour, which contains most of my review.

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed 24 December 2017

Most certainly worth the effort of making an early start to avoid queues. We chose to take the MTR to Tung Chung and then the cable car. We had not pre-booked and queues were long. The statue is awesome and the Po Lin monastery was exquisite and set in beautiful surroundings on the mountain top. Believers were worshipping, making offerings and lighting incense. It was extremely atmospheric and peaceful. Worth climbing the stairs to the feet of the Buddha. We chose to return via bus and ferry to HK Island by walking down the 5.5km Shek Pik Trail. Note this was a strenuous walk over rocky terrain, isolated with sheer drops in places. Take care particularly in wet weather and not suitable for children due to close proximity of precipices. Of course you can return by cable car instead. This visit to see the Buddha is a must.

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed 24 December 2017 via mobile

Quite a stunning site, get the bus number 1R from Mong Kok MRT ... the bus stop is on Nathan Rd on the corner of Nelson Street... the bus stop is about 2 along the main road. The bus ride is about 1hour 15mins, still much quicker than waiting for the cable car. Once at Tian Tim you can get the cable car down one way and there are generally no lines or waiting time. The Buddha is awesome.. lots to look around including the temple.

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed 24 December 2017 via mobile

However you choose to get there the Po lin monastery and big Buddha is a must.
If you use the cable car - prepare for fairly large queues - losing you about 1 hour at each end.
The arrival up at the top is like arriving at Lands end. You have to wade through tourist tat shops all the way through to the site. This includes such famous Honk Kong brands such as Subway!

The Buddha and surrounding site is still awesome. And certainly a site and sight to remember.

I would recommend a couple of tips.

Do wander around the monastery site, have a veggie lunch ... the five spice gluten is amazing ... trust me!

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank Graeme16
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