Travel Tales: Big Buddha #atozchallenge

Location: Ngong Ping, Lantau Island (Hong Kong)

The towering statue of Buddha could be seen from afar, a prominent structure at the top of the hill at Ngong Ping. Surrounded by lush green hills, Po Lin monastery and a cultural area, Big Buddha is a major tourist attraction in Hong Kong. A flight of stairs - 268 to be exact, running along the hill takes you to the bottom of the bronze statue, where you can walk underneath it and visit the museum inside.

The valley looks peaceful, apart from the hustle of tourists and sounds of camera working overtime. Numerous artistically sculpted structures, large and beautiful, are situated around the statue.

As we walked down the stairs, I was struck by a feeling of gratitude, of being fortunate to see a unique part of the world. The humble look on Big Buddha's face stayed with me for long.

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  1. Beautiful images! and so many steps - makes one contemplative about life & fitness no doubt! Such a wonderful place to visit - I can only imagine being able to sit here (with ear plugs - thanks for the warning) & absorb!
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  2. Visiting Hong Kong is on my list, and I am going to think of you when I meet the BB :)))

  3. Gorgeous. I saw a detailed post about this Buddha some months ago on a travel blogger's blog and yearned to go there. Sadly, I've been just transiting through all the airports whose cities I desperately want to visit. Ah, in good time. Thank you for the photos--the valley is stunning Raj!

  4. I have seen pictures of this last time a friend visited the place. Like Vidya said, in good time will visit some gorgeous places. Beautiful pics.

  5. I visited a Big Buddha in Pattaya. It was so similar to this,except the Buddhas were golden. Will share some time soon. :)
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  6. This is wonderful! Hope to go someday...

  7. Beautiful images..Now visiting Hong Kong is in my bucket list.

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  8. I didn't know about this place. The pics are beautiful :)


  9. Beautiful. I've been to Hong Kong twice (many moons ago) but don't recall seeing this. Maybe I should take a trip to HK.

  10. What a gorgeous statue! No wonder you are so fit.....

  11. Wow...that's an amazing statue!

  12. Looking at the serene Buddha statue brings a bit of serenity and calmness in our day too. Lovely pics!

  13. Wow! This is huge! and yet so calming! Wonderful pics!

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  14. Stunning pictures! The mountains, the valleys, the Buddha - magnificent!

  15. I find this fascinating and very interesting. It's a part of the world I have never visited but maybe someday. My Virtual Vineyard

  16. I also like to travel, but Hong Kong is not a place I have visited yet. Enjoyed the short 'visit' to the Big Buddha. Visiting from Travelling Spoons.

  17. Absolutely stunning photographs. Despite the tourists, there does seem to be a sort of tranquility to the statue and the forest surrounding it... beautiful.

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  18. Lovely pics, Raj! The Buddha statue looks so serene. Would love to visit this place sometime.

  19. This looks so peaceful! Lovely pictures Raj :)

  20. I would have run away from these steps as they are too many for my lazy ass to climb ;-) Gorgeous pics Raj

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  21. Lovely snaps Raj. When I had visited it was bad weather with rains, we couldn't enjoy it as much.


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