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Po Lin (Precious Lotus) Monastery
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Owner description: Located on Lantau Island, this monastery features the Big Buddha (Tiantau), which is the largest, seated, outdoor bronze Buddha in the world.
Reviewed February 16, 2013

I was fortunate that I worked in HK and stayed with a local so I learned more about the culture and local habits than any of my other travels. That being the case, I found that it was good to share with other visitors some of the habits. I think eating at the monastery was a good example. First off- when you go up to the person to get your number, make sure they really see you because you likely won't understand them when they call for you. Keep an eye on the people who arrived before you so you can figure out when you're getting close. Its ok to hover- I stood close enough to read the page of names/numbers so I knew for sure when it was my turn. Keep your number out so the hostess can see it too. When you get inside to eat, just look around and do what the locals do. You're not fooling anyone- they know you're a tourist.

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Reviewed January 17, 2013

MTR exit at Tung Chung upon exit when you see the mall across, turn left then walk a few minutes going to the Lantau Cable car. Enjoy the view while you're on your way to Lantau Island.

what i like about the monastery is you get to observe the life of the monks here, at the prayer room and also their food. They don't eat and serve meat to visitors so you will also appreciate that the food are still tasty even without meat. Their pastries are also yummy! You can pray at the prayer room and look around the area.

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Reviewed January 10, 2013

I can't imagine how this place is during high season but I went during supposed low season and the place was packed despite the fact that it was foggy and rainy. Too many mainland Chinese pushing, shoving and spitting everywhere. You arrive by bus or cable car (though I've been told you can hike up there too). When you arrive by cable car you arrive at this "Disneyland-ish village" that has a bunch of stores and restaurants. We didn't stop for any of this but moved on to the Buddha. Walking up to see the Buddha is free (about 100 steps, I didn't see any elevator) but if you want to see the museum about the Buddha and the temple you have to pay. You can walk all around the Buddha and get some great views of the mountains.
After seeing the Buddha we headed to the temple. There were several buildings that had some nice alters and statues but again more pushing, shoving and spitting. There are semi clean bathrooms and a vegetarian restaurant (didn't eat here). Whole visit took about an hour.

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Reviewed January 8, 2013

i like the po lin monastery. i live on tung chung. but i go to po lin here and there. its very pretty. avoid all the touristy crap at the beginning and walk into the monastery. take your time there.

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Reviewed January 6, 2013

Prior there where a very small typical monastry, then they developed a cable car to visit the buddha (Ngong Ping 360) and it had been very successful for tourists especially chinese people even if there is still people who come to meditate. They decided to create a new village with many restaurants, then a new monastry 3 times bigger than po-lin monastry is almost finished. It is nice to visit the buddha, the monastry does not present a huge interest from my point of view, too much touristic and less and less authentic

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