Let me share with you my favorite attraction in Hong Kong. Ngong Ping Village. We stayed in a hotel around Yau Ma Tei and to get to Ngong Ping..via the MTR from Yau Ma Tei to Lai King then transfer to Tung Chung Line and alight at Tung Chung station.
As I walk to the counter for the cable car, I was contemplating on whether to take the crystal cabin or the standard one. But excitement conquers all, and Crystal Cabin wins!
Like I mentioned from an earlier post there was a typhoon on my first visit to Hong Kong. The wind was really strong, and instead of a smooth ride, strong wind = strong swing. It made me a little dizzy and imagine it was like a 30-min ride. But the view – gorgeous!
As we started walking, I noticed everyone was excited as well to see the Big Buddha, almost taking every angle because it was really walking with Buddha.
The walk does not seem to end as you need to climb 268 steps to be able to reach the Tian Tan Buddha.
As I got closer, I couldn’t help but be amaze. Maybe I was a Buddhist in my past life, I admire everything about Buddha. I read in Wikipedia about the gestures of Buddha’s hands. The right is raised as it represents removal of affliction; the left as it rests on his lap represents generosity.
Finally we reached the top, and got the chance to be up close with the Big Buddha.
Some statues surround the area, as per Wikipedia they are known as “The Offering of the Six Devas” and what they are offering symbolise the Six Perfections of generosity, morality, patience, zeal, meditation, and wisdom. (Thank you Wikipedia those are really hard to memorize..)
As you look around and see the view, the long walk plus the 268 steps, all worth it.