Hiking to Big Buddha

The Big Buddha statue near the Po Lin Monastery in Ngong Ping, Lantau Island is a major Hong Kong tourist attraction. Tourists usually just wait in the long queue in Tung Chung for either the bus or cable car to get there. There is actually a better way. Hike!

It will be a mostly uphill hike, with a concrete path flanked by trees and dotted by temples. Birds sing. Temple bells ring. Trees give shade. Flowers send forth a delicate fragrance. Stones with carvings of Buddhism words smile at us. Look further, you see the spectacular mountain view. It is surely an interesting and beautiful walk.

After reaching two thirds of the path, you will come to this temple, quietly sitting at a highpoint with a commanding view. A nun was farming. Step in the temple area and you will be struck in awe by a huge cotton tree with flaming flowers – it is immensely tranquil there.Approaching the end of the path, you can turn left to go and see the Wisdom Path, an outdoor replica of the centuries old Heart Sutra, displayed on wooden pillars on a natural slope. The calligraphy is done by Jao Tsung-I, an internationally renowned master in Chinese art. You will be struck with awe.

After leaving the wisdom path, and before visiting the Buddha, you can sit down for some bean curd dessert at this Tea Garden Restaurant.How to get to the starting point of the hike:

The starting point is Shek Mun Kap. Simply take bus No. 34 from Tung Chung Bus terminus (next to Tung Chung MTR station, Exit B) and get off at the bus’s last stop Shek Mun Kap – a quiet village.

The bus ride is 20 minutes.  Here’s the time table of the bus departing from Tung Chung bus terminus:

Mon-Sat: 7:30, 8:25, 10:15, 12:05, 13:30, 14:45, 16:15, 17:30, 18:45

Sun and public holidays: 7:30, 8:30, 9:30, 10:30, 11:20, 12:10, 13:00, 13:50, 14:40, 15:30, 16:20, 17:25, 18:30

After you get off the bus, follow the path that has a sign reading “Lo Hon Monastery”. During the hike, follow the sign pointing to “Ngong Ping”.

How to get back to Tung Chung MTR station
Take bus at the Ngong Ping bus terminus. For weekends and public holidays, the bus fare is HK$27, much higher than on weekdays, which is HK$17. The bus ride, full of twists going downhill, takes about 30 minutes.

By Anna

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7 replies on “Hiking to Big Buddha”

Thank you so much for such detailed information. We ended up just taking a taxi from the metro station because we just missed the bus, but it was only $35 to Shek mun kap (only about 3 km) – so pretty much the same as the bus for two people! The hike up is very beautiful and we only saw a handful of people. Yes, it is mainly uphill but has also some level areas. We walked up in about 1 hour and missed all the crowds!!! On the way back we ended up just walking almost all the way back to the metro station-another option since the bus is so infrequent. Thanks again!

We did this hike exactly as described. We took the cable car down. The hike is strenuous but well worth it. Great instructions! Bus route and details are perfect. Thanks so much!!! You made our visit to Hong Kong.

Thank you for this wonderful tip! We followed your recommendation and all the details were perfect – including the bus schedule! We hiked both up (it took about an hour) and back down again (50 mins) and it was an incredible day! Thank you again!

Wow, this is just perfect! Not just this in particular, but the whole blog in general! You see, I´m going to Hong Kong as an exchange-in student in less then a month (I´m Norwegian, so it´s far faaaar from home..), and I´d love to go hiking, mountain climbing, biking, etc… This is a lot of inspiration, keep up the good work!

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