Monday, December 14, 2009

Lantau Island

Lantau Island 大屿山
The largest island in Hong Kong.
Lantau Peak (934m) is the highest point on the island, second highest point in Hong Kong.

Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car

Ngong Ping 360 ticketing office.

The cable car journey is 5.7km.
Travel time is approx. 25 minutes one way.

The weather was cooling, overcast with clouds and was very hazy on that day.
But the view was still spectacular all round.

The large Buddha statue came into view after about 10 minutes of the cable ride.

Ngong Ping Village
Many shops in the village and I especially love one of the shop that sells biscuits and cakes...

Tian Tan Buddha (天坛大佛)

Construction begun in 1990.
This bronze statue Buddha was completed in 1993.
Weighing 250 metric ton and standing at 34 metres tall.
Statue was formed up using 202 pieces of bronze.

There are 268 steps one needed to climb up to reach the Buddha.
Try to walk around the platform area where the Buddha is sitting in the middle, the view around the entire place is beautiful.

Po Lin Monastery 寶蓮禪寺

This Buddhist Monastery was bulit in 1906 by three monks and was original named "The Big Hut" (Da Mao Peng).
Later it was then renamed to "Po Lin Monastery" in 1924.

Due to time constrained, I didn't visit the temple.
But I hope that if I could return to Hong Kong I would like to visit this place.

Typical shops near the Ngong Ping Village.
Very colourful and full of souvenirs.

Time to head back to the Cable Station.

View of Hong Kong airport.

I've come to the end of my Lantau Island trip and hope that you've enjoyed my post!
Thank you and have a Merry Merry Christmas!