June 27, 2017 – The Big Buddha, Po Lin Monastery, and a Symphony of Lights

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The Symphony of Lights at Victoria Harbour

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Nick and I made the journey to see the Tian Tan Buddha statue, also known as the “Big Buddha” which is directly opposite from the Po Lin Monastery. From where we were staying it took over an hour to transit there. However, the MTR and bus took us directly to where they were located in Ngong Ping Plateau on Lantau Island. The “Big Buddha” is 35 meters high and sits quietly overlooking the mountainous scenery among the fog.

A few minutes’ walk away stands the Po Lin Monastery, one of Hong Kong’s most important Buddhist temples. The monastery also includes the “Grand Hall of Ten Thousand Buddhas” which was incredible. Unfortunately photographs are not allowed in that specific room. Afterwards, we walked “The Wisdom Path”. Along the sides of the path are 38 wooden columns that have the lines of a poem inscribed on them. It is a very peaceful place.

In the evening we sauntered along “Temple Street” and bought some souvenirs before viewing the “Symphony of Lights” at Victoria Harbour. Buildings are lit up with colourful light displays in time to music. Some lasers are also involved, yet the show was not as extravagant as I had expected.

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