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Go blessing in Lantau Island

Post Time: Nov 06 2013 By Vicky Lu

Lantau Island is located in the southwest of Hong Kong, with a total area of 146.75 square kilometers. It is the sixth largest island within the area of China and the largest island in Hong Kong. Lantau Island is the largest one among Wanshan Islands Group. What is the most famous thing in this island id the Tian Tan Buddha in Po Lin Monastery on the this area. The Buddha is the world's second largest outdoor bronze Buddha, so the crowd flocked to pray. The Phoenix Mountain (with a height of 934 m) and Sunset (with a height of 869 meters) is respectively the second and third highest mountains in this area. This island owns Tung Chung Bay, Yam O Wan Bay, Dabai Bay, Silvermine Bay, Pui O Wan, Ma Wan, Hau Wan, shunt shunt Sai Wan Tung Wan and other beautiful bays. This island is a must go place when they are traveling in this city, and it can say that it is traveling with Buddha in the journey. 

There are many ways to go to Hong Kong Lantau Island. You can pass across the border from Shenzhen to Hong Kong, and then take the bus to go to the foot of Lantau Island. You can take a cable car up; you can also walk up the mountain, and walking by different ways you can see different beautiful views. If given the opportunity, we might have to experience it.

For most people, the Ngong Ping 360 cable car ride to Lantau Island praying should be the most conventional route it, especially for the elderly and families with children traveling or due to time limit. Ngong Ping 360 is located in Hong Kong Tung Chung. We passed across the custom from Shenzhen Luohu Port, then we transferred to Jiulong Tang by East Rail and then to Lai King. Finally, we got off at Tung Chung Station. The journey took approximately 82 minutes, and one-way fare is 48.5 Hong Kong dollars. 

We exited from the Tung Chung MTR Station and went to the edge of the Citygate. Then we reached the Ngong Ping 360 cable car station. Ngong Ping 360 is the third cable car system in Hong Kong, following the Mount Parker cranes and lift cable car in the Hong Kong Ocean Park. On September 18, 2006, it was officially put into use. Managed by the MTR Corporation, the cable cars run from direct access to the Ngong Ping Tung Chung, Lantau, not far away from the Ngong Ping, then we can reach big Buddha.

Ngong Ping 360 is one of Hong Kong's largest cable car route, and the largest cable car system in the world. The entire distance is up to 5.7 km, and it takes about 25 minutes to reach the top. Even over such a long period of time, the passenger does not get bored, because there are many looking to enjoy the scenery.

Many people take Ngong Ping 360 cable car ride to have overlook of the beauty of the island, especially during the holiday peak hours. It takes quite a long time to wait for the queue. So if you are traveling during the holidays, you would better get there earlier than other people. The most interesting is to take the Ngong Ping 360 Crystal Cabin; sitting at the bottom of the transparent tramcars will be a very exciting experience. Because in addition to the seats, other places are of the Crystal Cabin are almost transparent.

Ngong Ping 360 cable car ride took 25 minutes. It takes about 40 minutes or so less compared to take No. 23 from Tung Chung Line, via Tung Chung to Ngong Ping Road. Ngong Ping 360 is actually divided into three sections, you need to turn twice. Alignment by a cable cars is located in Tung Chung Cable Car Station, first across Tung Chung Bay to reach Chek Lap Kok steering station, then turned 60 degrees northwards climbed the slopes of Mount Maitreya in Lantau Country Park, and then turned again at the steering station, and finally arrived at Ngong Ping cable car station.

Tram scenery along the way is very good, overlooking the North Lantau Country Park. Visitors can overlook the South China Sea, Hong Kong International Airport, Tung Chung valley, Ngong Ping plateau, enjoying Giant Buddha on Ngong Ping plateau and the magnificent Po Lin Monastery scenery. Near the Ngong Ping cable car station, you can see the Big Buddha sitting in the far hill. In front of the screen is the highest peak, phoenix Lantau in this area. 

Ngong Ping was originally a mountainside plateau on Phoenix Mountain, and now has become a square in front of the Buddha statues and Ngong Ping Terminal. Ngong Ping cable car station is actually a cable car stop and a bazaar, Ngong Ping Village. Ngong Ping Village covers an area of 1.5 hectares, is located in Ngong Ping cable car station. At the terminal of the cable car, you can see the white walls and gray tiles antique buildings.

On both sides of the bazaar street, there are cafes, restaurants and some Western gift shop selling souvenirs, as well as two of the biggest attractions: "Monkey's Tale Theatre" and” Be with Buddha". They are all related to Buddhism audio-visual programs. Ngong provides a range of food and beverage, such as Ngong Ping Garden managed by old Chiu Chow cuisine expert. “Ngong Ping Tea House" is the world's first interactive multimedia teahouse, tea ceremony demonstration by Chinese tea experts featuring, allowing visitors to learn more of the history and origins of tea.

Out of the Ngong Ping Village, not far you can see a tall stone arch, 14 meters high and19 meters wide. Walk through the stone archway, we reached "Bodhi Path" with the length of one hundred and twenty-two meters and a width of seventeen meters. The bodhi trees are planted on both sides of the road. Iin the central part, it is engraved with lotus pattern on the bluestone. On the left of the road, there are many small stalls selling some small souvenirs, as well as some snacks in Hong Kong. 

Monastery of St. Paul is right in front of Muyu Peak. Up the 268 stone steps, that is the Big Buddha Statue. This statue was designed and made by the China Aerospace Science and Technology in 1990, Big Buddha. The construction works lasted 12 years. In December 29, 1993 (lunar November 17th), Amitabha Buddhist was opened. Big Buddha occupies about 6567 square meters, at a cost of HK $ 60 million. The base of the Buddha is made by the 202 copper composition (160 covers the body, 36 covers the Lotus, 6 is in the the cloud head). It is 26.4 meters high. The base is in imitation of Beijing Tiantan dome, so it was named “Big Buddha”.

Tian Tan Buddha is the world's second largest outdoor bronze Buddha, mistakenly written in a lot of travelogue as the first largest in the world. In fact, it just follows after the Kaohsiung Big Buddha, which was built with 250 tons bronze and 4000 Jin gold. 

About ten minutes’ walk, you can reach the foot of the Phoenix Heart Sutra. Heart Sutra Forest is the world's largest outdoor woodcut Buddhist group. Bamboo here is composed by the 38 rosewood columns. Heart Sutra Forest was organized preparations in 2003 and commenced in September 2004. and it was completed in May 2005 and in the same month, this area was held opening by the Department of Li Chief Executive Donald Tsang officiated. The project took three years and $ 9.5 million respectively.

After looking around Lantau Island, you can take the cable car to backtrack to Tung Chung, and you can also take the bus back to Tung Chung, and if the time is enough, then you can go and see Asia's largest outdoor interactive musical fountain. The fountain is between the East Citygate Outlets, Tung Chung MTR station and the square. If you want to take the subway, we must go through here. The fountain is a musical fountain. The performing begins daily at 13:00 and at 7:00. on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, the performing begins at 16:00.

Came to Tung Chung Citygate, you must go shopping. Citygate, whose is fully called Citygate Outlets, is Hong Kong's unique boutiques discount mall. There are over 80 international fashion brands here, including sports, outdoor clothing, beauty, accessories, children's clothing and household brands. Here offers discounts throughout the year.

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Someone once said: “Or travel, or reading, either your body or soul should be always on the way”.Travel is one of my favorite hobbies. Travel can broaden my horizon and experience the thing I never do before. I think the important thing during a travel is about what you learn along the way in that journey and to always keep your mind open about what you see before you get to the destination.

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