Tian Tan Buddha – The Big Buddha
Known affectionately as the “Big Buddha,” the Tian Tan Buddha is over an hour’s journey away from the main city of Hong Kong, on Lantau Island. A bus will take you on the journey for a small fee – or the cable car will transport you there for a more magical journey – and when you arrive, you will find various shops, oxen grazing on the grounds, and looming on top of the distant hill, the Buddha. A steep stairway of nearly 300 steps will lead you to the bronze Buddha, and the nearby Po Lin Monastery. The Buddha statue is surrounded by 6 smaller statues of the Devas, who hold offerings of items such as flowers, incense, and music, to represent features such as patience, wisdom, and generosity – in total, the six perfections required to attain enlightenment.