Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery
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Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery

The Po Lin Monastery was built more than a century ago in the secluded mountains of Lantau Island. In 1993, the 34-meter-high (112-foot-high) bronze Tian Tan Buddha, also known as the Big Buddha, was erected to face the monastery—which successfully put the monastery on the tourist map. Climb the 268 steps at the statue's base for expansive mountain and sea views, and walk through the grounds of the monastery, including the new Grand Hall of Ten Thousand Buddhas. Though you can take a bus or taxi, the Ngong Ping cable car is a thrilling way to get there.

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