Journey to Tian Tan Buddha
Me: “Is it a bus to Tung Chung Station, Sir”
Driver: “Yes, Sir….It will go there”.
A short conversation in double decker S56 front door at bus shelter, Hong Kong International Airport. With that double-decker bus, I headed to Tung Chung Tempory Bus Terminus which is 250 meters northwest of Tung Chung MTR Station.
Sitting on bus lower deck, I continued to look out the window to find a direction sign to Citygate Outlets as the closest building to Tung Chung Station which was most easily seen because of its towering height.
30 minutes passed, I finally saw top of that shopping center. Made my heart a little calm because of I wasn’t lost. Bus slowly approached at Tung Chung Temporary Bus Terminus. Instantly, I could see bus no. 23 bus which was aiming to Ngong Ping. Didn’t rush to catch it, because I had to look for breakfast at Citygate Outlets.
In and out of several minimarkets in mall ground floor, I never found halal food. Returning to front plaza while sitting and observing around, until finally finding McDonald’s logo at end of mall. I entered in that fast food restaurant. A warm omlet burger and a cup of hot tea for USD 1,9 made me better prepared to explore Big Buddha.
A step later, I was getting ready at Tung Chung Temporary Bus Terminus and then queueing at Bus no.23 platform. Starting by swiping Octopus Card on automatic fare machine near driver, I finally began my journey to Tian Tan Buddha.
How about views during my trip using bus no. 23. Let’s took a peek!
35 minutes later.…
Me: “Hello, is it yours?“, I shouted to tour group while holding someone’s Immigration Clearance Arrangement which had fallen under bus seat.
One of them: “Oh, it isn’t” she said after reading and confirming that it wasn’t her name and her group mate.
Me: “Oh, Ok“. I handed that sheet over to bus driver, maybe someone would look for it later.
That incident had closed my journey story heading Tian Tan Buddha.
Tian Tan Buddha and surrounding destinations
The first part which I went through was Ngong Ping Piazza. What were in Ngong Ping Piazza?, here it is:
Entering Ngong Ping Piazza front gate amazed me about this destination. Spacious, majestic and sacred.
After passing through gate, next part which you will pass is 122 meters Bodhi Path with 12 statues on left and right sides which are known as “The Twelve Divine Generals”.
“The Twelve Divine Generals” are in form of 12 statues of Gods Generals as guardians of Tian Tan Buddha. These 12 Gods Generals also symbolize 12 Chinese zodiacs. The twelve were armed with certain weapons.
After passing Bodhi Path, you will find another section called The Four Lotus Ponds (Di Tan). This part is usually used for religious ceremonies held by Po Lin Monastery.
OK, Ngong Piazza was finished……
Next part which I would going to was Tian Tan Buddha.
Tian Tan Buddha is one of the tallest Buddha statues in the world. Facing north and need to climb 268 stairs to be exactly reach it. From above you will also see 360-degree views of Lantau Island.
Around of Tian Tan Buddha, you will find six Bodhisattva statues which look like they give different offerings for Tian Tan Buddha.
Then how about form of Tian Tan Buddha. This is it:
Stepped down the stairs of Tian Tan Buddha then I immediately rushed to Wisdom Path.
What is Wisdom Path?
Yups … is a path that cuts through forest with views on either side in the form of inscriptions containing writings from Heart Sutra teachings and poured in large pieces of wooden boards. The Heart Sutra itself is highly respected among Confucius, Buddhists and Taoists. These 38 wooden planks are arranged so that forming number 8 pattern as a symbol of infinity.
This Wisdom Path is only 15-minute walking from Tian Tan Buddha..
Wisdom Path was finished…..Then, what else?
Yup….Let’s visited Ngong Ping Village.
Is this a really village, Donny?
Noooooo…..This is just a souvenir sales place. Hahaha. So surely, I won’t visit it for long time….
The last….There is another destination in Ngong Ping. Namely Po Lin Monastery. Sorry, guys, I couldn’t visit…. Swear, I was very tired. I hadn’t slept all night, because there wasn’t comfortable sleeping area at Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Manila. Hopefully I can go to Hong Kong again and visit this monastery where monks gather and religious gatherings on an international scale held.
Bye Ngong Ping….Welcome Disneyland…..