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  • Address: Lantau Island, China
Lantau Island’s Big Buddha (Tian Tan Buddha) is a huge bronze seated Buddha at 112 feet (34 meters) tall. The statue is a popular pilgrimage site for travelers from Asia and around the globe who climb the 268 steps leading to its base for panoramic views of the South China Sea.

The Basics
Big Buddha is a popular day trip destination from Hong Kong, and most Lantau Island tours include a visit to the iconic statue. Explore the adjacent Po Lin Monastery and its Grand Hall of Ten Thousand Buddhas, ride the skyrail cable car from Ngong Ping Village for picturesque views of the giant statue, and perhaps visit nearby attractions such as Tai O fishing village, famous for its stilted houses. For a personalized experience, opt for a private or small-group tour. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Big Buddha is a must-see for first-time visitors to Hong Kong.
  • Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.
  • Day trips to Lantau Island from Hong Kong typically last about eight hours.
  • Big Buddha and the cable car ride from Tung Chung to Ngong Ping are both wheelchair accessible.

How to Get There
Big Buddha is located on Lantau Island, roughly one hour by road from Hong Kong. To get to the statue via public transportation, take the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) from Hong Kong to Tung Chung MTR Station. From there, hop on a bus or the scenic cable car railway to Ngong Ping Village. 

When to Get There
The statue is open daily and is busiest on Saturdays and Sundays, when many locals and mainland tourists come to visit. Arrive early to avoid crowds and check the weather in advance, as views from the statue’s base are best on a clear day.

Design of the Big Buddha Statue
It took 12 years to plan and build the Big Buddha statue, partly due to the 32 symbolic markers (laksanas) that were incorporated into the piece from Buddhist scriptures (sutras). Each element is symbolic—from the pearls on Buddha’s head that represent his wisdom to the wheel of law etched on each palm, referencing the Buddha’s eternal truth that spreads out in all 10 directions of the universe.

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Lantau Island and Giant Buddha Cable Car Group Tour With Hotel Pickup in Hong Kong Island, Hong ... 
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Lantau Island and Giant Buddha Cable Car Group Tour With Hotel Pickup in Hong Kong Island

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This sightseeing tour includes pickup from select hotels in the Central and East areas of Hong Kong Island and transfer to Lantau Island. Take a cable car tour ...  Read more

Location: Hong Kong Region, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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Coach Day Tour - Lantau Island Visiting and Giant Buddha Cable Car Tour Plus Tai O Boat Ride, Hong ... 
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Coach Day Tour - Lantau Island Visiting and Giant Buddha Cable Car Tour Plus Tai O Boat Ride

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Ride the Ngong Ping Cable Car round-trip to see the Tian Tan Buddha statue (Big Buddha) at Po Lin Monastery. Then take a boat ride to explore Tai O, a quaint ...  Read more

Location: Hong Kong Region, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $134.12
The Best of Hong Kong and Macau, Hong Kong SAR, Day Trips
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The Best of Hong Kong and Macau

All must-do activities in Hong Kong are included: Peak Tram ride, city tour, TianTan Buddha Cable Car, Ocean Park and Disneyland, with a full day shopping ...  Read more

Location: Hong Kong Region, China
Duration: 8 days (approx.)

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Full Day Lantau Island Small Group Tour in Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, Multi-day Tours
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Full Day Lantau Island Small Group Tour in Hong Kong

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Take a small group walking tour of Lantau and visit the awe inspiring Big Buddha and the wonderfully quaint stilt village of Tai O. Includes a ride on the ...  Read more

Location: Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

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Lantau Island and Giant Buddha Day Trip from Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, Day Trips
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Embark on a tour of Lantau Island in Hong Kong and visit the Giant Buddha Exhibition Hall at Po Lin (Precious Lotus) Monastery. On this Big Buddha tour with a ...  Read more

Location: Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car Ticket on Lantau Island, Hong Kong SAR, Day Trips
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Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car Ticket on Lantau Island

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Soar over Lantau Island on the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car. Spend as long as you’d like exploring attractions at the top. Head to Ngong Ping Village, visit Po Lin ...  Read more

Location: Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 2 to 3 hrs

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Full-Day Private Tour of Lantau Island including Big Buddha and Tai O, Hong Kong SAR, Attraction ... 
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Full-Day Private Tour of Lantau Island including Big Buddha and Tai O

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Lantau Island is often referred to as the ‘Lungs of Hong Kong’ because it is so green and underdeveloped.  Take a full day private walking tour ...  Read more

Location: Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

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Hong Kong Travel Pass Combo: MTR Pass, Ngong Ping Cable Car and Big Buddha Tour, Hong Kong SAR, ... 
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Hong Kong Travel Pass Combo: MTR Pass, Ngong Ping Cable Car and Big Buddha Tour

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Enjoy a fun-filled day of Hong Kong sightseeing with this one-day travel pass and tour combo that allows you to explore the city with ease. You’ll get one day ...  Read more

Location: Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: Flexible

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Private Hong Kong Tour with a Local Host, Hong Kong SAR, Super Savers
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Private Hong Kong Tour with a Local Host

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Book a local Hong Konger  for a personalized exploration of the city on this full-day private tour of Hong Kong. Your host will build the best ...  Read more

Location: Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $97.32
4-Hour Private Hong Kong Layover Tour, Hong Kong SAR, Custom Private Tours
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4-Hour Private Hong Kong Layover Tour

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If you are traveling through Hong Kong International Airport on a transit, make the most of your layover by taking a private guided tour of Hong Kong. See some ...  Read more

Location: Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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