Twas a dark and stormy morn when we set off in the cable cars to see Tian Tan, the biggest buddha in the world.
Basically you jump into one of these
Then head on up the mountain. I’m sure on a clear day the view is spectacular but I kind of liked the whole doom and gloom thing.
It cleared up a bit by the time we came down. One way up, one way down.
This is where all the retired fishermen live. I wondered how they felt about that.
Once we got to the top we went to the Po Lin Monastery and I have to say that not all the fog up there was due to cloud, there was some heavy incense burning going on outside this place.
The main attraction though is Big Buddha.
He’s surrounded by these other statues who are offering him things – lol, just things – sorry can’t remember for sure, incense no doubt and flowers.
If you want to get up close to him though make sure you have your walking shoes on because it’s a 268 step walk. One way up, one way down.
I went up there – Daz didn’t – he pulled an old squash injury to the ankle out of the hat and used it as an excuse. When I got up there it was bloody freezing, It was hard to believe how hot we’d been the day before. When I got back down I went to the closest shop and bought a beanie as my ears were aching from the cold.
Big Buddha looks like he approves.