Video: Journey to Hong Kong’s Lantau Island
Travel blogger Rachelle Lucas finds the best views (and the Big Buddha) on this beautiful island.
Avid tweeters that we are, we often find ourselves perusing the Twitter feeds of our favourite followers, discovering where their most recent travels have taken them and, as in the case of Rachelle Lucas (@TravelBlggr), which exotic foods they’re scouring the globe to taste. It was during one such Twitter check-in that we discovered Lucas was in Hong Kong searching for the best local street food and learning about Chinese tea traditions. We asked her to dust off her Around the World cap and document part of her Hong Kong adventure. Graciously—enthusiastically, even—she said yes.
In this video, Lucas heads to Lantau Island, home to the Tian Tan Buddha (or Big Buddha, as it’s often called). Roughly a half hour from central Hong Kong, Lantau Island is an easy place to visit, but reaching the Big Buddha requires a bit more determination. After a scenic cable-car ride, visitors embark on a steep trek up 268 steps to reach the glittering bronze-and-steel statue, which was erected in 1993 as part of the once remote Po Lin Monastery. Sitting 34 metres (112 feet) tall, with right hand raised, the Tian Tan Buddha faces north, blessing the people of Mainland China.
The climb may be rigourous, but as Lucas discovers in this video, the views from the top are worth every step.