Savor Hong Kong: Tian Tan Buddha and Avenue of Stars

Visit the sacred place of Buddhism and acknowledge fame to Hong Kong’s film professionals.

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When I’m still plotting our itinerary for this trip, I researched the must-see attractions in Hong Kong and Tian Tan Buddha was one of those places you shouldn’t miss.

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Erected in Ngong Ping, Lantau Island, The Tian Tan Buddha or Big Buddha attracts visitors and devout from all over the world. It is one of the most visited tourist spots in Lantau and considered as an essential place for those who seeks enlightenment.

The Ngong Ping 360 cable car was under maintenance during that time so we opt to choose another route, which is via bus ride. The journey will take longer, say an hour from the Tung Chung Line compared to the usual 30 minutes via cable car.

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The weather has been crummy and light drizzle started to pour. As soon as we step out off the bus, it started to rain, we bought raincoats and umbrellas at the souvenir store nearby since there are no covered walks to the Big Buddha.

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When the rain stopped, we moved in a fast pace so that we can get to the Buddha quickly. It’s a 268-step climb and while walking our way to the peak, we momentarily paused to drink the beauty of the surroundings.

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Magnificent mountains and lush of green trees perfectly lined up on the side, making it such a lovely sight.

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Gloomy rain clouds started to form, bringing signals that it will soon start to rain again. In just a minute, from the place we stood, everything was blurry, we are literally above the clouds.

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We’re panting like dogs when we reached the top. I was overwhelmed with the massiveness of the Tian Tan Buddha that is looming before  me. It was sitting quietly in the bronze lotus throne, looking as if alive and is watching over the broad landscape. Such peacefulness can be seen in its face.

Smaller Buddhas known as Devas, that seems like offering something for the Big Buddha were also noticeable in the area.

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Inside the podium of the Buddha, was a three-storey exhibition hall. We were only able to see the first level since my mom can’t stand to climb the stairs again (read: spiral staircase).

The first level  reveals the life of Buddha, from his birth, when he found enlightenment and until he reached Nirvana. It was depicted through the four paintings in the wall. There’s also a big bell hanging in the ceiling with scriptures and images of Buddha engraved on the outer wall.

We initially planned to avail the free snacks that are included in our tickets but it started to rain heavily and we have no choice but to leave without visiting the Ngong Ping Village, a culture themed village that features retail and dining experiences for visitors.

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We then went straight ahead to the Avenue of stars, which is the last part of our Hong Kong trip.

Getting here:

Via MTR:
Tung Chung Cable Car Terminal is adjacent to MTR’s Tung Chung Station. It is a two-minute walk from Exit B of the station.

Via BUS:
Take Bus E11 at Hong Kong Island, E21, E22, E23 at Kowloon, E31, E32, E33, E34, E41, and E42 at New Territories, get off at Shun Tung Road and it is just 10 to 15 minutes’ walk to Tung Chung Cable Car Terminal. On Sundays and Public Holidays, visitors can ride on New Lantao Bus 1R from Hung Hom to Ngong Ping. (courtesy of www.travelchinaguide.com)

Avenue of Stars
Avenue of stars is efficiently located at the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade in Kowloon. Handprints of Hong Kong’s superstars, movie memorabilia, detailed milestones were some of the features you’ll get to see when you pay a visit to this dazzling venue.

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Across the promenade is the breathtaking view of Victoria Harbour. At night, a synchronized lights and sounds display entitled, Symphony of Lights performs. It was a bad thing we weren’t able to see the show after the Ocean Park tour. The show starts at 8:00 pm and we were late. When we arrived, the show has just ended.

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Rooted in the boardwalk are plaques containing the names of those people who have huge contribution in Hong Kong’s film industry.

Bruce Lee, a movie star and martial artist has received his own star as well.

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and his own bronze scuplture, too. 🙂

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Getting here:

Via MTR:
Exit J of East Tsim Sha Tsui station

Via Bus:
You may refer to this site for the specific bus numbers: http://www.avenueofstars.com.hk

Via Ferry:
Star Ferry Central
Star Ferry Wanchai

Hong Kong Museum of Art is a few steps away from the Avenue of Stars, so if you’re planning to visit this place, make sure to take a peek.

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Amidst the busy streets and the non-English speaking locals, Asia’s World City has a lot to offer. From the vast attractions to their authentic cuisine, no wonder, I heart Hong Kong. ❤

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2 thoughts on “Savor Hong Kong: Tian Tan Buddha and Avenue of Stars

    • karen humilde says:

      Awwww Teri! 🙂 That’s good to hear. Hong Kong is amazing and I’m planning to go back again this year to experience their holiday season. 🙂 Greetings from the Philippines as well. 🙂

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