Visiting the Big Buddha, in Lantau Island
This fall my husband and I moved to Hong Kong for our dream job. As new residents, we decided to get our act together and start exploring the area.
In an incredibly hot Sunday, we arrived at Lantau Island, a petite Chinese village that has just reviled itself in front of us. Shortly we witnessed a traditional dragon dance and an offering to the gods.
After a short walk through the Lantau Island village and a path guarded by the twelve generals – representing the zodiac signs, we arrived at a huge round square. Like those one sees in Kung Fu movies. Around the square, there were four paths-each leading to another attraction.
We visited the Big Buddha-second largest bronze statue of sitting Buddha in the World, symbolizing the harmonious relationship between man and nature, people, and faith. The statue itself is surrounded by smaller statues carrying offerings to Buddha, who is represented with the Sun on his chest. For us coming from Europe, where the swastika (the symbol for Sun used also by the German's Reich) is illegal and if not a symbol of shame, it was very surprising and liberating in a way to experience the same symbol as a representation of something good.
Soon we climbed down the Buddha's hill, we found ourselves surrounded by huge burning incents in front of the Po Lin Monastery. There we saw the 10 000 golden Buddhas hall and multiple mesmerizing colorful buildings covered with complicated, majestically carved into the stone dragons and soldiers.
After a quick break, we continued our journey to the Path of Wisdom. The hills-cuddled by puffy clouds, the endless sea at the distance and the clear blue sky made us feel so small in comparison to the majestic surrounding.
Exhausted, sunburned and inspired, with a smile on our faces we headed on to our next adventure. To those who decide to visit the destination, we would advise you to arm yourself with a sunscreen, water and an umbrella because the weather is quite tropical. For the hikers-skip the lift and get onto that track-it is definitely worth the effort. My husband and I are planning on going again only for the hike.
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