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Tian Tan Buddha at Ngong Ping Village

Make a spiritual pilgrimage or just go for the cable car ride
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 1 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview:  You don’t need to be a Buddhist to enjoy a morning at the Tian Tan Buddha, part of the themed Ngong Ping Village on Lantau Island.

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This interactive show--enhanced with mist and incense-- takes visitors through the life of Siddhartha Gautama, recalling how he achieved enlightenment to become the Buddha. Headphones are provided, offering a choice of languages.

A recording from the Bodhi tree in the courtyard begins telling the story of a man who asked himself, "Who am I and ... More

2. Monkey's Tale Theater

Great for kids, this animated film--based on one of the famous Buddhist Jataka fables about a trio of monkeys-- plays out on a screen located in a foliage-covered courtyard. Decorated columns are illustrated with monkey murals, providing some fun eye candy while you're waiting for show to begin.
Adults $4.60 U.S.
Kids 3-11 $2.30

Set amid landscaped gardens, tea masters here will demonstrate traditional Chinese tea ceremonies and guests can sample sweet Chinese delicacies and chrysanthemum tea, or pick up souvenirs.

The teahouse is run by Wing Wah, an established Hong Kong maker of traditional moon cakes and air-dried sausages. Entrance to the teahouse is free, but... More

The 268 steps will take you to the base of the Buddha, from which views across the island are extraordinary. Half a dozen smaller bronze statues are here as well.

The museum inside, filled with Buddhist art and relics-- including two rice-grain-sized remains from his cremation--is well worth checking out. A huge carved bell, inscribed with... More

5. Po Lin Monastery

A few minutes' walk from the Buddha is this pagoda-style temple, which was first constructed in 1924. Pick up some incense and go inside the main hall, which is filled with flowers and gilt-covered statutes; tasseled lanterns hang from the mural-covered ceiling. Outside you can redeem your meal voucher at the cafeteria for traditional Chinese... More

To be avoided by those with a fear of heights, but if not, this 25-minute cable car ride to and from Ngong Ping and the much more urban Tung Chung area is a true visual spectacle.

The cable car--a glass-bottomed one can be booked for a small additional fee--takes in the mountainous terrain and rolling grassy hills of Lantau, as well as the... More