- The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. Marcel Proust
See the Tian Tan Buddha on Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Escape the bustling urban jungle and cruise to Hong Kong's largest island, Lantau. Spend a day discovering the peaceful monasteries and old fishing communities, marvel at the world's largest seated outdoor bronze Buddha statue, and enjoy a panoramic cable car ride.
The remote Po Lin Monastery, hidden away by lush mountains, became a popular attraction when the extraordinary Tian Tan Buddha statue (informally known as the Big Buddha) was erected in 1993. Sitting 34 meters high and facing north to look over the Chinese people, this majestic bronze Buddha draws pilgrims from all over Asia.
The Tian Tan Buddha was constructed beginning in 1990, and was finished on 29 December 1993, which the Chinese reckon as the day of the Buddha's enlightenment. When the statue was completed, monks from around the world were invited to the opening ceremony. Distinguished visitors from mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and the United States all took part in the proceedings.