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Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha)
Ranked #4 of 845 things to do in Hong Kong
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed 26 December 2017

We only went for the cable car ride - which is good.
What is the point of the "Big Buddha"? - to attract tourists.
A ridiculous edifice.

Thank Graham R
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Reviewed 26 December 2017 via mobile

The Buddha is well worthwhile to go and see. It is one of the three largest outdoor eating Buddhas in the world. For a small fee you can go inside the Buddha and view the relic.

There are two ways to see the Buddha - you can take a cable car to the small village area and walk to the Buddha or many tour companies will take you there.

One word of caution if you go via the cable car, you must climb 268 steps from the monastery to get to the Buddha. The tour companies will drive up to the top to allow you a easier access to the Buddha.

However way you choose to go this is one sight not to miss in Hong Kong.

Thank rnb777
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Reviewed 26 December 2017 via mobile

The Tian Tian Buddha was a memorable experience for me and my family! The way to the Buddha was a learning experience for us and very calming. It can take your stress away just walking towards the stairs. But when you climb the stairs towards the Buddha that’s when the adventure begins! It’s worth the climb when you reach the top!!!

Thank Anna L
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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.

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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.

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