Day Trip to the Giant Buddha on Lantau Island and many other places

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The Big Buddha, on Lantau Island, Hong Kong ... sitting on a lotus throne on top of a three-platform altar

This was my first trip where I toured by myself.  Everyone I met from various countries (UK, Spain, and Australia etc.) were very welcoming; as a group I traveled together never feeling alone as I thought I would feel.  Tourists would say how courageous I was to be touring alone, 'little did they know how I really felt inside'!  This trip to Lantau Island was an eye opener for me (especially the fishing village and the story of Buddha) as I learnt some religion and how some people live on this side of HK.  The experience of traveling alone and being dependent on myself and other travelers has given me an unknown strength to travel alone, though I know Dan, my love, would love to experience this and join me next time!

I met 2 women at the beginning of the tour.

  Both were actually mother and daughter (I thought they were girl/friends) ... daughter resides in the UK, and the mother now resides in Spain and after the trip told me "I would love for you to visit Spain, I'll show you around". 

I stayed with them throughout the trip to Lantau Island and all the stops along the way.  The mother kept looking for me, making sure I was on the bus, later bought me ice-cream ... I guess you could say I was mothered; it did feel nice in a sense.  Traveling alone with others on a guided tour to Lantau Island was an awesome experience that I'd do all over again!  

Throughout Lantau Island, there is so much beautiful scenery and famous historical sites that are truly fascinating.

A beautiful day here in HK compared to weather back home in Canada; Buddhistic statues praising and making offerings to the Tian Tan Buddha
  I certainly don't regret this trip and you should 'check-it-out' yourself!  The ride up the mountain range is very 'tight'; the tour guide told us "construction workers are working on a newer, wider,  & safer road"... yet there was a thrill in riding a road that was rather dangerous.  Look at the photos and enjoy it from my perspective!!

  1. Cheung Sha Beach Upper Cheung Sha Beach, the longest beach in Hong Kong, offers tremendous views over the South China Sea and it's about 2km from east to west. My visit here was quick only had time to touch the water and a tourist I met from Spain bought me an ice-cream cone.  A quick stop but I did make it there, the tour group was now onto the Tai O Fishing Village!
  2. Tai O Fishing Village  is a peaceful fishing harbour.
    Tian Tan Buddha from afar
     Salted fish is their local specialty (though infested with houseflies).  Dried or fresh, eat it at your own risk or just take memorable pics, as I did.  Tai O was once the largest city on the island and in the 1970s and today the town is a tourist attraction.
      Tai O fishing village is situated on a river mouth, the village will give you 'traditional Chinese living'.  The citizens here are mainly the Tanka people who are descendants of Hong Kong, first settlers.  I must say the smell is so distinct it will remain a memory to me.  The Tai O Fishing Village is surrounded with cluttered houses built on stilts and fishing boats.  You can see in one of my photos a grandmother just relaxing in her chair; the traquility is everywhere, no where do I sense 'the rush of city life'.
    The Big Buddha, on Lantau Island, Hong Kong ... sitting on a lotus throne on top of a three-platform altar
      Prices there for souvenirs are very fair and even then you can negotiate.  You realize just how lucky you are when touring this fishing village!
  3. The Giant Buddha is one of the five large Buddha statues in China; this Buddha statue sits on a lotus throne on top of a three-platform altar. It is surrounded by eight smaller bronze statues representing gods or immortals.  I was told that the Buddha is 34 meters high, weighs 250 tonnes, and was the world's tallest outdoor bronze seated Buddha until 2007.  It can be seen as far away as Macau though I wasn't able to spot it when I was on the Island of Macau!  You can climb 268 steps in order to reach the Buddha, though our tour bus brought us to the top and then to the bottom because of time.
    My tour group
      The Tian Tan Buddha appears serene and dignified and his right hand is raised, representing the removal of affliction. His left hand rests on his lap in a gesture of giving (dhana). The Buddha faces north which is unique among the great Buddha statues (all others face South) ... This did make it hard in the afternoon to take good photos as the sun was facing me as I stood facing the Big Buddha.  It's a must to see; there is even a gondola lift up mountain side, though 2 days before I arrived it malfunctioned & staff were riding it to be sure it was operational in the next few days for future tourists. 

The whole trip was worth the $90 CAD ... lunch was included

p.s. the story of Buddha, told here, was very emotional for me

Roselle :)

row-zzzzz says:
I want to take my family here, they have to see this area
Posted on: Oct 09, 2011
dyron_888 says:
was here in 2008, but im keen to see it again on sunday
Posted on: Oct 09, 2011
row-zzzzz says:
You should!!!
Posted on: Jan 20, 2010
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Tian Tan Buddha from afar
Tian Tan Buddha from afar
Tian Tan Buddha from afar
Tian Tan Buddha from afar
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A picture I took of the hills, va…
Lantau Island
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