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Reviewed 25 December 2017 via mobile

S1 from the airport and then the cable car. Highly recommend to book the cable car in advance. Also if you want to take the crystal car (cable car with glass bottom) recommend to reach here early to avoid long waits. Also recommend to not do this on a public holiday as it gets super crowded and you will have long queues.
Lots of restaurants and souvenir shops from the cable car stop /bus stop to the monastery and climb to the big Buddha.
There is an information center and a movie theater on the way.
The monastery has a very few steps and is totally awesome. Great decorations and beautiful statues.
Check out the vegetarian restaurant outside is the monastery. Option of regular vs deluxe lunch. It is kind of like dim sum. I'd you do get tú he mask here, Dave the receipt of it Olav to climb to the Buddha.
The 250+ stairs to the Buddha are steep but totally worth it. There is a small museum and you can use your lunch ticket here to save $45 or so for the entrance.
Expect lots of crowd and loud talking. Taking pictures of the Buddha or the monastery and the surrounding gets challenging either because the sun is not facing the direction to get good of pictures or the crowd is too much. But still can be managed.

It was sad to see such a place of devotion and tranquility disturbed by blatant commercialism and loud crowds.
Still absolutely worth visiting.

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank sljforever
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Reviewed 25 December 2017

The Tian Tan Buddha is a massive statue of Buddha situated on top of a hill. If you take the Ngong Ping 360 tram, you can catch a glimpse of the statue on your way over. To get to the base of the statue, you will need to climb 200+ stairs, but are rewarded with a beautiful view of the monastery and surrounding areas.

Date of experience: November 2017
1  Thank huia
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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
Thank KevL69
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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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