Lantau Island is one of the islands reachable from Hong Kong by the MTR. It is a home to Tian Tian Buddha, “the biggest outdoor seated bronze Buddha” in the world. Next to it is Po Lin monastery, a peaceful and beautiful place. All this is surrounded by green hills and lush forests, perfect for hiking.
There is a cable car that takes you from the metro station to the Buddha in 25 minutes. The ride goes past sea and breathtaking landscapes of hills and forest. Remember to book in advance online as otherwise queues can be up to two hours. We thoroughly enjoyed the ride. And even some hikers underneath us.
First we visited Po Lin monastery. The place just has a sense of calmness not easily described by words. We were lucky enough to stumble upon their service and witness monks and prayers chanting in the hall of five Buddhas (sadly no photos allowed). The monastery also has a vegetarian restaurant (mixed reviews in trip advisor) so we decided not to book a meal but buy some snacks and noodles as we got there. They were nice and decently priced.
200 steps lead one up to the Buddha. During the climb we could admire the beauty of this structure and the thoughtful face of Buddha. At the base of the statue there are smaller statues, presumably offering gifts. Views are amazing.
We also took a little stroll to the wisdom path and got to cuddle wandering cows.
This place is certainly worth visiting even if one has a short time in Hong Kong. Great outdoors too.