There are 3 ways to reach The Big Buddha: (1) A 25 minute Cable Car Ride from the Tung Chung MTR stop: most scenic (2) A 50 minute hair rising ride on New Lantau Bus No. 2 to Ngong Ping from Mui Wo pier: cheapest, not recommended for those prone to motion sickness (3) A Hike which takes approximately 4 hours: will review in the future, planning to do this hike this winter.
The Big Buddha is the world’s tallest, outdoor, seated bronze Buddha according to the Discover Hong Kong Website. Certainly impressive. Very clean and well maintained.
The entrance to Po Lin Vegetarian restaurant is a 5 minute walk from the foot of the Big Buddha. It is operated by the Po Lin Monastery and offers two dining options: regular or vip. Regular is around $8 USD same number of dishes as vip, but lower quality of food. Vip is around $12 USD. I have been the vegetarian restaurant many times and always picked the vip option because the one time I picked regular (at the insistence of my traveling companion) the food was terrible. We left half of the food uneaten. The 5+ times I picked the vip option, the food is so tasty that all the plates are cleaned. The food served in the restaurant remain unchanged from my first visit in 2000 to 2012!
This is a portion for 4 people. It is best to have even numbers in your party. A party of 3 will get served the same variety of dishes and amount of dishes as a party of 2 with the only difference being some additional spring rolls and a bowl of rice. But a party of 4 gets you one additional dish and a bigger portion size.
The Big Buddha. Tickets for the vegetarian restaurant can be bought at the foot of the Big Buddha and in front of the Po Lin Vegetarian restaurant itself.
Hubby getting chased by cows. Cows graze on the mountain that the Big Buddha is located on. I think the cows are friendly and just wanted to get close to hubby so that he can pet them. =P
The Wisdom Path is a 15 minute walk from the Big Buddha. It is an outdoor replica of Heart Sutra which is displayed on wooden pillars. The Heart Sutra is a prayer that is revered by Confucians, Buddhists and Taoists alike. Makes a pretty picture, if only the skies were blue.